Just Plain Lying
Voter intimidation - Voter Challenges
Lots happening in Ohio. Ohio looks to be a focus of GOP mischief this time around.
- Taft now highlights the GOP strategy: Ohio results could be delayed for 10 days, if the election is close and enough Dem votes are cast as "provisional ballots" due to the Challengers.
-Cope 10:24, 2 Nov 2004 (PST)
- Let it be said again -- Republicans seek to decrease voter turnout, Democrats seek to increase it.
- Republicans lost an attempt Friday to restart hearings on thousands of voter registrations contested by the GOP, and the court's action could mean the hearings will never be held. The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati turned down several Republican appeals, clearing the way for a lower-court judge to decide whether to extend her temporary order stopping the hearings.
- Via Atrios:
- In a final bit of delicious irony, it looks like at least some of the Republicans making the baseless accusations may face criminal prosecution:
-Cope 10:14, 29 Oct 2004 (PDT)
Phony letters tell people they cannot vote (WKYC, Cleveland)
President of College Republicans at the U. of Toledo issuing random challenges to African American voters by mail (link is "work-safe"; some of the rest of the site is, er, less so)
Ohio Vote Challengers lose backing from GOP Sec. of State -Cope 13:56, 29 Oct 2004 (PDT)
Jefferson County Republican Chairman, "Columbus went behind our backs" Update on Pankus Challenges, and who is Columbus ? -Cope 12:26, 29 Oct 2004 (PDT)
Excellent analysis of Ohio situation courtesy of NewDonkey:
- A federal judge in Columbus blocked Republican efforts to force county election boards to review tens of thousands of new voter registrations. Before the ink was dry on the judge's order, the Ohio GOP's top lawyer said the action meant the GOP would challenge such voters at the polls on November 2. "We wanted to have all these questions resolved this week," said attorney Mark Weaver. "Now they won't be resolved until Tuesday, when all of these people are trying to vote. It can't help but create chaos, longer lines and frustration."
- In other words, the GOP is using the demise of one prong of its voter supression strategy to pre-justify the other.
-DjW 11:59, 28 Oct 2004 (PDT)
- "Our concern is Republicans will be challenging in large numbers for the purpose of slowing down voting, because challenging takes a long time," said David Sullivan, the voter protection coordinator for the national Democratic Party in Ohio. "And creating long lines causes our people to leave without voting.
- As reported on WTOV9 (based in Steubenville OH) last night, 171 voters in Jefferson County have been notified that their eligibility is being challenged by Steubenville resident Edward Pankus.
-Cope 11:30, 27 Oct 2004 (PDT)
- Saying the challenges were sloppy and violate federal law, Democrats want an order halting hearings that county boards of elections have scheduled to determine whether those voters live where they are registered and should remain on the rolls.
-Cope 08:57, 27 Oct 2004 (PDT)
From the Cleveland Plain Dealer
- The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections must find more than 17,000 registered voters by Friday to tell them they may be culled from the rolls by Republican challengers.
- Registration hearings trying to be scheduled (info on Cuyahoga, Summit and Franklin counties) 17,000 voters have been challenged in Cuyahoga, 1000 in Summit and 2400 in Franklin. Each voter must show up and prove who they are, etc...
-Cope 14:55, 26 Oct 2004 (PDT)
- State Republicans withdrew thousands of more than 35,000 challenges to new voter registrations because of errors in their filings apparently caused by a computer glitch.
- Republicans filed the challenges Friday in 65 of Ohio's 88 counties, saying mail sent to the newly registered voters was returned as undeliverable.
-Cope 11:05, 25 Oct 2004 (PDT)
- Republican party paying people to intimidate Democrats at the polls.
- Follow-up 10/22/04 GOP hires recruits to challenge Ohio voters
- Sat Oct 23rd, 2004 at 02:40:22 GMT
- From this evening's NY Times:
- The GOP is hiring recruits and paying them $100 on election day to "challenge" the validity of voters' registrations.
- But Democrats worry that the challenges will inevitably delay the process and frustrate the voters.
-Cope 20:59, 22 Oct 2004 (PDT)
Voters Receive Phony Calls About Wrong Poll Locations
Board Of Elections To Mail Postcards COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Dozens of local voters said they have received phone calls at home from people claiming to be from the Franklin County Board of Elections and telling them to go to a wrong voting location to cast their ballots on Election Day...
Shades of Watergate - The DNC Toledo Breakin
Secretary of State Blackwell Election Rigging
See also: Ken Blackwell
- Blackwell criticized AGAIN over his handling. Over 1000 marchers descended on Blackwell's offices to demand changes in instructions given to county elections officials about challenging voters and provisionally casting ballots if needed.
[http://www.dailykos.com/story/2004/10/21/85039/255 chicagoprogressive Dairy Thu Oct 21st, 2004] Judge blasts Blackwell, accused of failing Ohio
- "I cannot be confident . . . that Blackwell will, indeed, fulfill his obligation to this court, Ohio's election officials, and Ohio's voters," the judge wrote.
- Judge rules against Blackwell on provisional ballots
- Yesterday, U.S. District Judge James Carr ruled in favor of the Ohio Democratic Party. It appears that Carr wisely crafted a compromise that, on one hand, errs on the side of the the voter by granting them a provisional ballot if they appear at the wrong precinct. On the other hand, Carr's ruling will prevent possible voter fraud by not counting the vote in the jurisdiction where the voter shows up on election day.
- In other words, a provisional voter that is confirmed to be a registered voter will have his or her vote counted for federal office purposes (e.g., the presidency, congress and the senate) but the vote won't be counted if there is a local liquor license up for a vote in that precinct.
The Florida Supreme Court ruled otherwise for its state's voters.
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- Blast Blackwell - Ohio's Secretary of State Ken Blackwell has ordered the local election boards to send out new applications to applicants who have submitted registrations on the wrong paper, a move likely designed to depress turnout and voting by newly registered Dem voters. The source Diary highlights various media and others to contact, including Blackwell himself.
- In Ohio, felons are allowed to register & vote after release from prison, even if on probation or parole. However, research by the Prison Reform Advocacy Center (PRAC) found that boards of election across the state frequently misinformed felons about their voting rights.
- On Aug 17, PRAC filed suit in federal court to ensure that proper information would be given this year, alleging that 21,000 potential voters could be disenfranchised. The suit named Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell and 21 County Boards of Elections.
As recounted in an article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
- In a Sept 4 conference call, Philip King, a lawyer in the Ohio Attorney General's (OAG) office, told PRAC’s lawyer that the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction "will support your efforts."
- On Sept 13, PRAC voluntarily dismissed the suit, based on further assurances from King.
- On September 15, another OAG lawyer, Richard Coglianese, informed PRAC executive director David Singleton that there was no agreement because the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction was not named in the suit.
- Registration closed Oct. 4.
Janklow exposes coordinated GOP voter fraud and cheating campaigns
Six people connected with the South Dakota republican party have resigned over questions surrounding absentee ballot applications. The state director of the Republican Victory Program, Larry Russell is one of them...
Many absentee ballot applications are what led to a half dozen resignations. The people involved in securing the forms may not have always made sure a commissioned notary witnessed the voters' signatures.
More details here in the Talking Points Memo by Joshua Micah Marshall.
(cross-referenced in South Dakota Fraud)
Confusing Absentee Ballots
- Monday, October 18th, I received my absentee ballot here in Boston, since I am registered to vote in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, where I am from originally. I had always seen my parents line up the arrows with the punch card in the voting booth, and I had done the same on several previous occasions voting absentee from school. This time, on my ballot, if you used the arrows that were provided to you, the numbers on the ballot and the numbers on the punch card did not line up. In some cases, they were exactly reversed.
Below the fold
- 103 false registrations for crack cocaine Repugs claim massive & systemic fraud.
- 19 October 2004 CNN Mary Poppins prompts investigation
- progressivearlington's diary Ohio Suburbs, One Town's Inspiring Story Community Activism and Lessons in free speech.
- Some absentee ballots distributed to Hamilton County voters do not include the name of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, local election officials confirmed today.
Because of a printing error -- limited, election officials believe, to only a few ballots in the Forest Park area -- absentee ballots recently mailed out exclude the Democratic presidential ticket of Kerry and his running mate, Sen. John Edwards.
- "It's a screw-up," said Tim Burke, chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Elections. "This just feeds the paranoia that's out there. The tragic thing is that even though I think we will have a very fair and accurate count here, this will cause people to question the accuracy of our operation."