Saturday, December 11, 2004

Okay, if you're not outraged by this, you might as well just go away

This is from the blog Ohio Election Fraud (Formerly Fairness") done by Ray Beckerman.
On Friday December 10 two certified volunteers for the Ohio Recount team assigned to Greene County were in process recording voting information from minority precincts in Greene County, and were stopped mid-count by a surprise order from Secretary of State Blackwell’s office. The Director Board of Elections stated that "all voter records for the state of Ohio were 'locked-down,' and now they are not considered public records."

The volunteers were working with voter printouts received directly from Carole Garman, Director, Greene County Board of Elections. Joan Quinn and Eve Roberson, retired attorney and election official respectively, were hand-copying voter discrepancies from precinct voting books on behalf of the presidential candidates Mr. Cobb (Green) and Mr. Badnarik Libertarian) who had requested the recount.

One of the goals of the recount was to determine how many minority voters were unable to vote or denied voting at the polls. Upon requesting copies of precinct records from predominantly minority precincts, Ms. Garman contacted Secretary of State Blackwell's office and spoke to Pat Wolfe, Election Administrator. Ms. Wolfe told Ms. Garman to assert that all voter records for the State of Ohio were "locked down" and that they are "not considered public records."

Quinn and Roberson asked specifically for the legal authority authorizing Mr. Blackwell to "lock down" public records. Garman stated that it was the Secretary of State's decision.
Garman wound up taking the precinct book out of Roberson's hands and refusing to return it.

The item also notes that Title 35 of Ohio law specifically states that all election records are available for public inspection and copying and make it a crime for any employee of the Board of Elections to knowingly prevent or prohibit any person from inspecting such public records. In fact, it says such a violation "constitutes a prima facie case of election fraud within the purview of such Title."

There are demonstrations at various places, especially in Ohio, this weekend to protest the widespread voter repression and fraud that have been reported from around the country. A calendar of upcoming events tomorrow (Sunday) and Monday is here. Please try to be at one.

Jeez, I hate hearing about these things one day before they happen....

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