Monday, November 15, 2004

More shenanigans

The Columbus (OH) Free Press reported last Wednesday that large numbers of provisional ballots are being thrown out in Ohio because of a change in requirements that was instituted since the election.

As reported by editor Bob Fitrakis, the new rule
for counting provisional ballots in Cuyahoga County, Ohio was implemented on Tuesday, November 9 at approximately 2:30 in the afternoon, according to election observer Victoria Lovegren.

The new ruling in Cuyahoga County mandates that provisional ballots in yellow packets must be "Rejected" if there is no "date of birth" on the packet. The Free Press obtained copies of the original "Provisional Verification Procedure" from Cuyahoga County which stated "Date of birth is not mandatory and should not reject a provisional ballot." The original procedure required the voter's name, address and a signature that matched the signature in the county's database. ...

According to Lovegren, 80 yellow-jacketed provisional ballots piled up in the hour and 45 minutes she observed. By Lovegren's tally, three provisional ballots were rejected because the registered voters' registration had been "cancelled." The rest, she said, were being discarded because of no date of birth.
How anyone could even possibly imagine that changing the rules after the fact could have the remotest chance of being legal escapes me. Or is it that they just don't care?

I've said before that I really don't know and I rather doubt that the extent of manipulation, intimidation, and fraud was sufficient to turn the election; that is, that absent such, Kerry would have won. But that simply is not the point. The fact is, it clearly happened and happened on a large scale - and is still happening, if this is any indication.

So two questions: One, what do you think are the chances the Injustice Department will do any actual investigation? And two, what do you think are the chances the Dummycrats will get behind the handful of their party who are calling for the GAO to undertake one?

We are so screwed.

Footnote: The text of the November 5 letter sent by Reps. Conyers, Nadler, and Wexler is here; a November 8 follow-up, with the additions of Reps. Holt, Scott (VA), and Watt, is here. Both are in .pdf format.

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