October 30, 2007
First, our DVD RELEASE DATE is Tuesday, November 6 - one year before the 2008 presidential election. In addition to the film, the DVD has more than one hour of bonus footage, including extended interviews and scenes. We will send you a more formal announcement about our DVD release on November 6. For now, people can PRE-ORDER THE DVD AT: http://uncountedthemovie.com/order-the-dvd.html
Second, our THEATRICAL PREMIERE is Monday, November 12, at the historic Belcourt Theatre in Nashville. We are expecting a sellout crowd of nearly 400 people. The event is sponsored by Common Cause and Gathering to Save Our Democracy (the group Bernie Ellis founded). Here is a link to information about that event: http://www.belcourt.org/events?categories=Event&id=52372
Third, our film will be available for SCREENINGS nationwide beginning November 13. Many groups are already talking to us about featuring our film as the centerpiece for events to stir up interest in election integrity issues. I plan to make myself available as often as possible for followup Q&A sessions at these screenings. Please encourage interested people and groups you know to contact us to do a screening of UNCOUNTED in their community: http://uncountedthemovie.com/screenings.html - or they can just contact me directly at David@UncountedTheMovie.com.
Looking ahead, we are also in the initial stages of putting together a national screening tour during January & February - coinciding with the presidential primary elections in most of the 50 states. More about that later, as plans develop.
Finally, our TRAILER on YouTube has gotten plenty of attention - already more than 4,000 viewings in just a few weeks. Here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nJz09T0HME.
It is all very exciting to launch our film almost one year to the day before what might be our most important presidential election ever. We hope our film can help bring a new integrity to our election process - and, most importantly, to the 2008 presidential election. For more information about our film, people can visit our recently completed website at www.UncountedTheMovie.com.
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October 27, 2007
Columbus Ohio, November 2, 2007
The Citizen's action group, Ohio Election Justice Campaign, announces three events for general public participation for Friday, November 2nd. In recognition of the third anniversary of the defrauding of the 2004 general election in Ohio, representing the defeat of democratic elections in the state, the OEJC restores public attention to the continuing plight of election problems, even under the Democratic administration. Given the facts - that two members of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections (Maiden and Dreamer) were convicted for rigging the 2004 recount, and as yet have not been imprisoned for offenses. There is evidence that the same behavior was perpetrated in 2004 on a statewide and systematic basis in many Ohio counties, and many of those same counties destroyed their 2004 federally protected election records. In Ohio, 56 of the 88 counties turned over partial or no ballots to the Secretary of State when ordered to do so by a US District Court Judge under the threat of a fourth degree felony and contempt of court charges. These are the people's records, and there are now over 1.5 million 2004 ballots forever gone. The Ohio Secretary of State, Jennifer Brunner, now has in her possession the remaining evidence of the largest crime in world history (look at the effect worldwide of this non president)... the theft of the US Presidential Election. There are over 2,200 boxes of election records in her possession. Also in these records is the evidence that the Ohio Supreme Court races in 2004 were rigged in Delaware County. Those record exist in full. The stickered ballots where votes were stickered over and changed in Clermont County are in the custody of the SOS. Why will the Secretary of State not inventory or collect the signature books and poll books that still exist? Brunner was informed that Clermont County destroyed the signature and poll books in July 2007, yet nothing was done. Why will they not investigate those records... Members of the OEJC have let both the Ohio Secretary of State, and Ohio Attorney General know of many of the crimes for which those records are the physical evidence. Yet nothing is being done. Why? The only response we get is that they must get ready for 2008.
The OEJC draws public attention to the lack of political courage to prosecute the crimes of massive, organized election fraud against the people's will in Ohio. These crimes extend out to harm the entire nation, and the world. We ask for the return of the rule of law. Democracy died in Ohio on November 2, 2004. Can we resurrect it?
The following events are scheduled to take place in Columbus, Ohio on November 2nd, 2007:
November 2nd, Friday at 11:30 a.m. will begin with a Eulogy and New Orleans-style funeral procession for the ‘Death of Democracy” starting at the Ohio Statehouse. The funeral procession will start at the McKinley statue on High Street at noon, and will proceed to the Franklin County Board of Elections, the Ohio Secretary of State, and the Ohio Attorney General. Jazz band players will lead the parade, and the public is welcome to join peacefully in the procession.
From 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 Weisheimer Rd., Clintonville, please attend the Memorial Service for Democracy. Come share your feelings and stories of disenfranchisement during and after the events of 11/2 2004, the date of the Ohio general election sanctioned by the Bush-Cheney campaign re-election chairman, Secretary of State Blackwell.
From 7:00 p.m. till midnight at the Victorian's Midnight Cafe on Fifth and Neil, (go North on High, west on Fifth), citizens are invited to participate in dialogue to identify and frame the most significant issues for action for 2008. Music and speakers are promised for the event.
Ohio Election Justice Campaign
Paddy Shaffer (614) 761-0621 firstname.lastname@example.org
Marj Creech (740) 739-1390 email@example.com
October 23, 2007
David Cobb to Speak Tomorrow Evening at University of Oregon School of Law "How Fair and Open Are Elections in the US?"
“How Fair and Open are Elections in the US?”
October 24th, 7:00 p.m. in Law Room 175.
We will open with a reception in the law school commons at 6:30 p.m.
Please join us and distribute widely.
David Cobb, an attorney who was the Green Party's candidate in the 2004 presidential election, will speak at the University of Oregon School of Law on Wednesday evening, October 24, at 7:00 p.m. in room 175. This event is open to the general public free of charge.
Cobb will discuss systemic problems in the electoral process. He will address a provocative topic: "How Fair and Open Are Elections in the United States?" Cobb will discuss the role that attorneys and other citizens can play in ensuring fairness and encouraging widespread participation in elections.
Cobb was prominent in advocating for a recount of Ohio's ballots in the 2004 presidential election. He continues his work for election reform as a fellow with the Liberty Tree Foundation for the Democratic Revolution.
This event is sponsored by the Public Interest/Public Service program at the University of Oregon School of Law, along with the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics.
For further information, contact Kevin Parks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Law School Commons referred to below is the "Knight Law Center" of the University of Oregon at 1515 Agate Street. Room 175 is also called the "commons" or the "auditorium room". Parking can be tricky, but usually available in the
neighborhoods to the south and east of the University. Best to ride bicycles or come early to allow time to walk the last few blocks from your car to the center.
The Third Anniversary of the 2004 election fiasco in Ohio, where we will talk about what problems we had in 04 and how many still need to be fixed for 08.
Nov. 2, Friday
11:30 am-1 pm, will begin with a rally and funeral service for Democracy starting at the State House, McKinley statue and winding around election officials' offices. Jazz band players and lots of drama and excitment.
If you are not the rallying type, please join us for the next event:
5:30 pm -7:00 pm at First UU Church on 93 Weisheimer Rd--that's in Clintonville, west off High St. Memorial Service for Democracy. Come share your feelings and stories of disenfranchisement during and after the 04 "election."
7:00 pm till midnight (or so) Victorian's Midnight Cafe on Fifth and Neil, (go North on High, west on Fifth), we will continue the discussion of what we still need to do to get ready for 08. Music and some good speakers. Some stories you may not have heard!
CONTACTS: Marj Creech, risenregan@earthlink, or email@example.com, 740-739-1390 , Paddy Shaffer, firstname.lastname@example.org, 614-761-0621. Ohio Election Justice Campaign
PLEASE PASS THIS NOTICE (the last part of our Nov.2 events) to all your friends and lists--we have so little time to make a real difference before the next fiasco.
October 21, 2007
This post is intended as a resource for those doing factual research on the Ohio election 2004, specifically relating to issues of (a) fraud, (b) disenfranchisment, (c) voter suppression,
(d) recount obstruction, and (e) vote machine tampering. It makes no pretense at comprehensiveness, but is merely an attempt to compile links which have been posted on this site which either (1) are themselves primary sources of evidence, or (2) summarize, analyze, or point to, such sources.
The links are listed in reverse chronological order of posting.
They are numbered in reverse numerical order; the first 2 digits of each link refer to the year of posting. (I.e. “0410" is the 10th post in 2004).
A link to this post is at the bottom and can be ascertained by right-clicking the phrase "Permanent Link to this Post".
0604-Sepember 1, 2006, Declaration of Richard Hayes Phillips
0603-Jonathan Simon's Report of Exit Poll "Shifts" (Thanks to Steve Freeman & Joel Bleifuss for pointing this out in their book, "Was the 2004 Presidential Election Stolen?", at p. 215, fn. 5.)
0602-Greene County 2004 Recount Irregularities Detailed Under Oath by Recount Worker
0601-Study Concludes 6% of precinct results "impossible", 40% "improbable", patterns consistent with vote-altering miscounts
0548-Diebold Software Had Back Door
0547-Cuyahoga County Election Results 2000-2005
0546-Reports by Greene County Recount Volunteers Show Unlawful Conduct by Board of Elections officials
0545-Report: Lucas County B.O.E. Violated Law, Manipulated Recount,
Destroyed Ability to Reconcile Ballots, Accepted Improper Absentee Ballots, and committed other malfeasance
0544-Collection of Illegal Voter Suppression Flyers from 2004 Election
0543-Warren County 2004 Recount Obstruction Detailed by Recount Volunteers
0542-Clermont County 2004 Recount Obstruction Detailed by Recount Volunteers
0541-Lake County "advisory" advising newly registered voters they were "illegally" registered and couldn't vote
0540-Hocking County Official Shredded up to 10,000 Voter Registration Documents, According to Complaint
0539-Investigation of $10,000 offered to Franklin County election official by Diebold consultant
0538-Licking County Irregularities Described in Paul Harmon Brief to Ohio Supreme Court
0537-Common Cause issues 2-minute film on 2004 election
0536-Study of Overvotes and Undervotes in 4 precincts of Montgomery County by Ellis Jacobs
0535-1597 Franklin County Ohio voters whose provisional ballots were categorized Code 200 - Not Registered (No Vote) in the 2004 General Election, yet who are listed in the BOE registration database
0534-Database of Columbus Ohio Voter Protection Hotline November 2nd Complaints
0533-Outline of Incidents of Vote Suppression, Vote Machine Fraud, Dirty Tricks in 22 states, prepared by Florida League of Conservation Voters
0532-Summary and List of Richard Hayes Phillips Reports
0531-Report by "Georgia Citizens for Paper Ballots"
0530-Analysis of Ohio Vote Fraud by Prof. Keefer
0529-Clermont County Affidavits Show that White Oval Stickers Were Affixed to Ballots Covering Kerry/Edwards Spaces, Plus Other "Irregularities"
0528-"Voting Problems & Uncounted Votes in Lucas County" by Justine Smith
0527-Triad Technician Who "Fixed" Hocking County Machines Was Also Present at Guernsey County Recount
0526-Analysis of 2004 Electronic Voting Problems by VotersUnite
0525-Clermont County Board of Elections Refused to Answer Recount Questions About Irregularities
0524-Complaint & Affidavits from Knox & Franklin County Voters about Long Lines & Voters Leaving
0523-Exit Poll Numbers Fudged : Analysis by Nashua Advocate
0522-41% of Provisional Ballots Axed in Lucas County
0521-Political Contributions in Youngstown
0520-Study of Statistical Anomalies in Ohio by Tim Lohrentz
0519-Beachwood, Ohio, Anomalies
0518-"Exit Poll Data Does Not Match Pre-Election Polls" : Analysis by Tim Lohrentz
0517-Study of Cuyahoga County Irregularities
0516-Study of Franklin County Voting Machine Allocation by Tim Lohrentz
0515-Pacifica Radio Audiotape of January 6th Hearings in Congress
0514-Analysis, Summary, Charts, and Spreadsheets of 2004 Ohio election Prepared by James Jacobs
0513-House Committee Appendices: Eyewitness Accounts, Linda Byrket Documentary, and Blackwell letter
0512-Transcript of November 20, 2004, hearing, Cleveland, Ohio, Windemere United Methodist Church
0511-House Judiciary Democrats Report Dated January 5, 2005
0510-Raw Exit Poll Data on Internet
0509-"Examination of Comparative Validity of Exit Poll & Vote Count Data"-Dr. Jonathan D. Simon & Dr. Ron P. Baiman
0508-Study of Exit Poll Data
0507-Columbus Free Press Analysis of Evidence : 10 Preliminary Reasons Why Congress Must Investigate Rather Than Certify
0506-Secretary of State List of Distribution of Voting Machines in Ohio (generated by Secretary of State on December 30, 2004).
0505-Expert Witness Testimony (Drs. Baiman, Lange, and Phillips) Submitted by Petitioners in Election Contest Litigation (Moss v. Bush).
0504-Transcript of Testimony from December 13th Congressional Hearing in Columbus (Forum on Ohio Election Irregularities), Including Clinton Curtis Sworn Testimony.
0503-Official Documents from December 8th Congressional Hearing
0502-Transcript of Testimony from November 13th Hearing at New Faith Baptist Church
0501-Text of Justice Moyers Order Denying Motion for Recusal
0489-Collected readings on vote machine fraud
0488-Judge Moyer Rules that Evidence Can be Destroyed
0487-Moritz College of Law posts website devoted to Ohio 2004 election litigation documents.
0486-More Irregularities Uncovered by Recount in Fairfield, Champaign, Van Wert, and Ashland Counties! Triad accessed computer remotely prior to recount!
0485-More evidence of Ohio election fraud unearthed in Trumbull, Franklin, Madison, and Miami counties. Blackwell refuses to testify.
0484-Exit poll data suppressed by media
0483-Uncounted Summit County Votes
0482-Uncounted Hamilton County votes
0481-Refusal to count provisional ballots in Cuyahoga
0480-Uncounted Cuyahoga County votes analyzed
0479-Cuyahoga County uncounted votes analyzed
0478-Summary of specific allegations in election contest
0477-Miami County results fraudulent says Phillips
0476-Lucas County irregularities tied to burglary
0475-Mahoning County "Irregularities" Detailed at Hearing
0474-Testimony from December 13th Columbus Hearing
0473-Transcript of November 15th Hearing at Franklin County Courthouse
0472-Videotaped interview of Triad technician tampering with machines in 6 counties
0471-Videotape of Suppression of Voters in African-American communities
0470-Lucas County Recount Report
0469-Triad permitted to reprogam computers by remote dial-up
0468-Report by Recount Observer on various irregularities
0467-Green Party summary of select voting and recount problems
0466-Fairfield County officials impede recount
0465-Licking County officials refuse to let observers view voting machines
0464-President of Triad permitted to participate in Montgomery County recount
0463-Witnesses relate details of Blackwell-ordered Greene County lockout
0462-Medina County recount irregularities
0461-Cuyahoga County recount irregularities
0460-Expert analysis of electronic computer fraud in Mahoning County
0459-Triad technician permitted to disassemble machine morning of recount
0458-Green Party report of obstruction by election officials
0457-Green Party report of obstruction by Blackwell
0456-Cuyahoga County recount obstructed by officials
0455-Collection of incriminating facts about 2004 election, some relating to Ohio
0454-Cuyahoga officials refuse recount permission to audit rejected provisional ballots
0453-Lucas County Democratic Party Offices Burglarized, Computers Stolen
0452-Audio of December 13th Columbus hearing
0451-Ohio activist run off the road
0450-Counties refuse to comply with Kerry requests
0449-Blackwell refuses to cooperate with House Judiciary Democrats investigation
0448-Recap of testimony from December 13th Columbus hearing
0447-Cobb reports Triad technician tampered with machine
0446-Computer programmer Curtis testifies Republicans hired him
to create vote rigging software
0445-Transcript of December 8th hearing
0444-More absentee votes than absentee voters in Trumbull County
0443-Expert witness opinion affidavit of Richard Hayes Phillips
0442-Breach of security with Greene County voting records
0441-Idle voting machines not used in inner city precincts
0440-Cleveland votes thrown out because voters followed instructions
0439-Record of December 8th Washington, DC, hearing
0438-Blackwell locks out recount observers
0437-Detailed report on Cuyahoga County election irregularities"
0436-Radio interview with Computer programmer Clinton Curtis
0435-C Span Video of December 8th hearing
0434-Article summarizing some evidence of fraud
0433-PFAW Report on 2004 Election
0432-Affidavit of Clinton Curtis
0431-Video and audio tapes of November 13th
and 15th Columbus hearings.
0430-Blackwell delays certification by 5 days
0429-Evidence of fraud in Cuyahoga County
0428-Cuyahoga seeks to discard provisional ballots
0427-Blackwell delays counting of provisional ballots
0426-Analysis by Alan Waldman
0425-November 25th summary of fraud evidence
0424-Transcripts of voter testimony, and analysis
0423-Systematic withholding of voting machines
in predominantly Democratic precincts in Cleveland and Columbus
0422-Court permits further delay of recount
0421-Voting machines withheld in Franklin County
0420-Baltimore Chronicle article on exit poll discrepancies
0419-Warren County lockdown premeditated
0418-Free Press Article: How Election Rigged
0417-Audio and video tape of hearings
0416-Chart of Ohio election fraud
0415-Evidence of fraud listed by Rockwell
0414-Article summarizing testimony
0413-First hand reports by election protection volunteers
0412-Pacifica tape of November 13th hearing
0411-MSNBC: Ohio has paper trail
0410-Deliberate imbalance in voting machines
0409-List of irregularities compiled by Columbus group
0408-Articles about exit poll discrepancies
0407-Blackwell refuses to count provisional ballots
0406-My "basic report from Columbus"
0405-Pacifica audio of December 13th hearing
0404-Election Day 2004 videotapes
0403-Neighborhood Network audio and video tapes
0402-PFAW 866-OURVOTE Ohio incident reports
0401-Video tapes of November 13th & 15th hearings
Numerous other web sites and blogs provide additional valuable primary sources. Many are listed in the left hand column under "Important Links". Two which I have found especially helpful are
Election 2004 (http://shadowbox.i8.com/stolen.htm) and
MiaMedia Votergate Resource Center (http://miamedia.com/votergate)
If you have evidentiary material which you would like to share with this blog, please email to me. Thanks.
October 15, 2007
Ohio Election Justice Campaign Plans November 2, 2007, Procession Marking 3rd Anniversary of 2004 Debacle
2004 Election Fraud Issues
Guest List of Speakers, Special Guests, and Supporters for Meeting with
Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner
and Ohio Attorney General Mark Dann
October 14, 2007
The Very Serious Reason for the Requested Meeting, and our updated guest list…
The Ohio Election Justice Campaign has requested a meeting with Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, and Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann.
We have requested a three hour meeting, for which we plan to bring a group of speakers to each speak briefly on a topic, and then to discuss with Secretary Brunner and Attorney General Dann, what is going to get done to investigate and prosecute those involved in the massive amount of documented election fraud in Ohio with an focus on 2004 and subsequent election law violations. We ask for a way for the public to follow the progress, and have dialog about this.
We are waiting for confirmation for a date. It has now been 68 days since the request for a meeting was first made on August 8, 2007.
FUNERAL FOR 2004 - WE REMEMBER... the long lines in the rain, the misallocation of voting machines, the blocking of the recount, and then the rigged recounts,
We will be stopping by both the office of The Ohio Secretary of State and The Ohio Attorney General, as well as The Franklin County Board of Elections on November 2, 2007, as we mourn the Death of Democracy, the anniversary of the November 2, 2004 election. This will be between 12:00 and 1:30 p.m. as our funeral procession moves down Broad Street in downtown Columbus. We ask that Secretary Jennifer Brunner, Attorney General Marc Dann, and Franklin County Board of Elections Director Matt Damschroder be prepared to speak with us briefly as we come a calling to your offices. If you are not available, please have staff available, and let us know in advance who that staff member will be.
We cannot go into a third potential stolen Presidential Election with no accountability on what has happened. We have massive amounts of documentation in Ohio, thanks to the many citizen investigators, of which several of us in The Ohio Election Justice Campaign did the actual investigation. We want justice for Ohio and the nation. We want to meet and get the needed legal work started to resolve this. We want free and fair elections.
The enclosed growing list is the updated guest list, including their bios, and the topics for which our speakers plan to speak on. Please reply to us all, that we shall know that both the Ohio Secretary of State, and the Ohio Attorney General have received this letter. What can we start with, to work on these issues with both your offices? Can we now meet as requested above, or can we at least now meet with staff? Lets start something. Progress is progress.
The Ohio Election Justice Campaign
By Paddy Shaffer
Founder, The Ohio Election Justice Campaign
Guest List to Date
Paddy Shaffer, Bev Harris, Gary Flowers, Victoria Parks, Blair Bobier Esq., Patricia Axelrod, Sheri Myers, Tim Kettler, Brad Friedman, Tim Carpenter, Richard Hayes Phillips PhD., Ken Karan Esq., Adele Eisner, Paul Harmon Esq., Paul Lehto Esq., Dr. Peter Jones, Karla Van Bibbler, Clint Curtis, Pate Hutson
Lynn Landes – Landes Report www.landesreport.com
Jon Craig - Cincinnati Enquirer
Evan Davis – Pacifica Radio and co-producer of Pacifica's 2006
10-part series on elections, "Informed Dissent".
Michael Collins – Scoop Independent News, "Scoop" , EFN , www.electionfraudnews.com/ ,
Justin Jeffre – Publisher and Writer Cincinnati Beacon
Documentary Film Crews and Photographers
1. Richard Ray Perez – Producer – “Why Ohio Counts”
2. Mary Beth Brangan and Jim Heddle - Producers, "Help America Vote on Paper",
"Got Democracy", "A Little Light'll Do Ya, Defending Democracy in America",
"Vote Rigging 101",
3. Matt Krous – Producer “How Ohio Pulled It Off
4. Jeff Kirkby – Voices of Cleveland and Beyond Video Productions LLC
Michael Collins – Scoop Independent News, "Scoop" , EFN , www.electionfraudnews.com/ , www.scoop.co.nz/features/usacoup.html , http://www.smirkingchimp.com/author/michael_collins
Brad Friedman – www.bradblog.com
Mark Crispin Miller http://www.markcrispinmiller.blogspot.com/
Invited, monitoring issue, but not confirmed
Ian Urbana – New York Times
Guests to View Meeting
Marj Creech, Mark Brown, Sherole Eaton, Stephen Caruso, Nudge Squidfish, Bill Buckel, Dan Stanton, Anita Rios, Jennifer E. Alexander, John Gideon, Connie Harris, Peace General Bruce Duncanson, Rady Ananda, Teresa Dawson, Leatrice Tolls, Jo Anne Karesek, Jane Schiff, Jason Parry, Ellen H. Brodsky, Jamia Shepherd, Marian Lupo J.D., Ph.D., Lorraine E. Bieber, Andrew Miller, Vicki Lovegren, Gloria Kilgore, Holly Church Wendell, Mary Ann Gould, Christa Hupp, Johannah Hupp-Clark, Phil Fry
National Election Integrity Groups and Other Groups
Gathered in Support of The Ohio Election Justice Campaign
Black Leadership Forum
Election Defense Alliance
Green Party of Ohio
Progressive Democrats of America, PDA
Individuals Supporting The Ohio Election Justice Campaign
Below are the bios and the topics for speakers that have currently been received for The Ohio Election Campaign meeting, for which a date and time has not yet been scheduled.
Patricia Axelrod is an Nevadan election activist and the Director of the Desert Storm Think Tank and Veterans' Advocate. A weapons system analyst and military scientist for peace - she is the recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research and Writing Award as well as a Project Censored Award for her analysis of the modern electronic battlefield and the performance of 'high tech' weaponry.
Axelrod's work has assisted investigations undertaken by the U.S. Congress and the General Accounting Office (GAO) as well as by the German and United Kingdom
Parliaments. She began investigating Nevada's election and voter registration systems the day following the 2004 elections and she now acts as a pro se plaintiff in a lawsuit that she is litigating against Sequoia Voting Systems, Diebold Elections Systems, Sequoia's parent companies Smartmatic and Da La Rue Holdings, The State of Nevada et al, and Washoe County, Nv.
Axelrod will discuss her Sequoia and Diebold findings with an emphasis on the Diebold Electronic Voter Registration System called DIMS. (Diebold DIMS - commonly sold with Diebold GEMS - is in use in Washoe County NV wherein she resides and votes on a Sequoia AVC Edge with Verivote Printer voting machine.)
Blair Bobier served as the Media Director for the Green Party's 2004 presidential campaign. A pioneer in the Green Party movement, Bobier is a founder of the Pacific Green Party of Oregon and was the party's gubernatorial nominee in 1998. Bobier is a member of the Federal and State bars of Oregon and teaches as an adjunct at Western Oregon University. He is a contributing author of the book Counting Votes: Lessons from the 2000 Presidential Election in Florida and has been published on op-ed pages in major newspapers from coast to coast. Bobier has made appearances on television, cable, radio, satellite and internet broadcasts, and has been a featured guest on two
NPR programs. Bobier is an award-winning environmental activist and is well known for
his work on electoral reform. Bobier successfully lobbied the Oregon legislature in 1993 to ease Oregon's restrictive ballot access laws and played a major role in initiating the statewide recount of presidential votes in Ohio, the first such recount in the history of the country. He has lectured at Willamette University, Oregon State University, the
University of Oregon Law School, Southern Oregon University, Bowdoin College in Maine, and at major election reform conferences in California and Oregon.
Tim Carpenter, Founder and National Director of Progressive Democrats of America is a social and political activist who, for more than 30 years, has worked for causes such as nuclear disarmament, death penalty abolition, defending the homeless, and campaign finance reform. Tim established Housing Now! and Democrats for Peace Conversion (DPC), co-founded the Orange County chapter of the Alliance for Survival (AFS), and helped organize the Orange County chapter of Families Against Three Strikes (FACTS). He was a national delegate and served in key positions in the presidential campaigns of Jesse Jackson (1988), Jerry Brown (1992), and Bill Clinton (1996), and spoke from the podium at the 1992 Democratic National Convention in New York. Tim was director of the Western Massachusetts Clean Elections movement for public funding of political campaigns, and served as field organizer for Clean Elections' Massachusetts’s gubernatorial candidate Warren Tolman. He also served as Deputy National Campaign Manager for Kucinich for President, was the campaign's state co-coordinator in Massachusetts, and the campaign's Convention Coordinator in Boston. He co-founded AfterDowningStreet.org. In 2006, he was elected as a Massachusetts Democratic Party delegate committed to Deval Patrick. Tim has taught U.S. history and government at the high school and community college levels. He is a product of the California State College system, where he graduated from Cal State University Fullerton with Bachelors Degrees in History and Political Science, as well as a Masters in History. Tim lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife Barbara Considine and their daughters, Sheila and Julia.
Adele Eisner, Adele Eisner is a Wellness Practioner (Massage and CranialSacral) and 20+ year activist and facilitator/instructor on issues driven by universal spiritual ideals of democracy and need for social justice - honoring and evoking fullest possibilities for each and all and creating interdependent teaching/learning communities. She has successfully taught children labeled “learning disabled” in elementary and high school settings, has taught graphic design at college level, and adults in both skill-based marketing and in leadership trainings nationwide. She has been a part-time journalist, founder of a marketing firm for small businesses and a ten-year, nationally award-winning fine artist. In the early 90’s, after serving as a Plain Dealer metro correspondent and often being the only non-staff member at non-publicized University Heights, OH City Council meetings, Eisner broke the 25+ year self-perpetuating incumbency cycle, by being elected to a 4-year seat on that Council without incumbent pre-selection. She won the highest vote plurality based on providing public information, standing for open meetings and records, encouraging and listening to citizen input, and on equal recognition of the city’s diverse population. She has participated on many boards ranging from those of public television stations, to arts organizations, to interfaith and inter-suburban councils. She has been a strong advocate for election reform since the 2004 election, has actively and consistently volunteered in monitoring and attempting to help improve Cuyahoga County’s election board, and has been an active member Ohio and national election reform organizations since that time.
My subject "Transparency"
I quote Andi Novick, Esq. in his recent memo case to the New York state re: their upcoming decision about "HAVA compliance." Though this refers to New York, it certainly holds true, in principle, for all other states, including Ohio. "New York State Owes a Duty to its Citizens to Safeguard Our Constitutionally Protected Franchise. The State holds the ultimate responsibility for protecting our constitutional right to vote and to have our vote counted as cast. The Court of Appeals has held: The right of an elector to vote is conferred by the Constitution.........[the elector] is entitled to see that his vote has been given full force and effect. ....any method of holding an election which would deprive the electors..... of the right of casting their ballots and having effect given to the votes so cast would plainly be unconstitutional. (emphasis supplied) Deister v Wintermute, 194 NY 99, 108
And I paraphrase, the State must be able to exercise full control over the electoral process which the public must be able to observe and scrutinize in order to hold its government accountable. (emphasis mine.)
Brad Friedman is an Investigative Blogger/Journalist and founder of the popular progressive website The BRAD BLOG (www.BradBlog.com) where he has broken innumerable explosive stories since 2004 on everything from the disastrous Election Irregularities of 2004/2006 and the current E-Voting Meltdown, to the alarming string of ongoing corruption of the Bush Administration and their cronies in Congress and the Corporate Mainstream Media. He has appeared to discuss his reporting on ABC News, CNN, CourtTV and others. He's a contributor at Huffington Post, and has written for Harvard's Neiman Foundation of Journalism, Mother Jones, Editor & Publisher, Salon.com, ComputerWorld, Columbus FreePress, Hustler TruthOut.org, and whoever else will have him. He's frequent and popular guest presence on radio programs left right and middle and a frequent Guest Hosted for Peter B. Collins, Mike Malloy, The Young Turks and others. As well, he frequently speaks live at events around the country. He is co-founder of VelvetRevolution.us, an umbrella organization on everything from Election and Media Reform to the War in Iraq.
Topic: The dangers of electronic voting and the importance of a paper ballot -- one that is tabulated publicly -- for every vote cast in Ohio.
Paul Harmon, 54, has been an attorney for 28 years. He began as an assistant county prosecuting attorney in the Licking County where after three years he became the first assistant in the felony division, trying the most serious of crimes ranging from murder and rape to theft. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Ohio State University and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Dayton. For the past 24 years, Mr. Harmon has been a successful private practitioner where he specializes in family law.
In November 2004, Paul Harmon ran for Licking County Domestic Relations Court Judge. He lost by less than 200 votes. Although a recount is mandatory in such close elections, he was denied a recount. The local board of elections excluded the media and voted unanimously to deny access to elections records. While legal proceedings were pending to contest the election results, the board of elections destroyed crucial evidence at the direction of its chairman. Harmon reported suspected criminal conduct of the board of elections to the Newark Police Department and the Licking County Sheriff. The Newark Law Director, the County Prosecutor, and the Ohio Attorney General blocked criminal investigations into any criminal conduct surrounding the election. The Sheriff and the Ohio Secretary of State refused to acknowledge receipt of Harmon's allegations of criminal conduct, much less investigate them. In the past several months, Harmon has requested that investigations be conducted by the recently-elected Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann and Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner. Harmon remains convinced that because of election fraud and recklessness, the results in his race and others were inaccurate.
Pate Hutson, Retired military. Plans to speak on military voting issues.
Dr. Peter Jones lives and works in Dayton, Ohio and Toronto, Ontario, managing an international research consultancy, Redesign Research, Inc. Redesign Research provides research and design services for online publishing and information services design, primarily for professional practices. Peter is also a partner in Dialogic Design International, a company founded with Dr. Aleco Christakis in 2007 to develop Christakis' Structured Dialogue Process for participatory systems design for complex organizational problems. DDI applies structured dialogic design to business strategy, organizational design, and enterprise transformation. Dr. Jones is also a board member of Christakis' non-profit Institute for 21st Century Agoras, which is dedicated to employing structured dialogue in the social sector, for deeply interconnected problems in civil society, democracy, and policy arenas. Dr. Jones received his doctorate at Cincinnati's Union Institute in 2000, in Design and Innovation Management. He has published numerous peer-reviewed research articles and a book on team practices in system design, Team Design (1998, 2002).
In 2004, Dr. Jones participated an election recount observer in Greene County, and was instrumental in organizing research and communications for election activists in the Dayton region. His own observations and recordings of the Greene County recount have prompted his participation in this briefing. Jones has recorded evidence of the recount proceedings that demonstrate Greene County employed election recount procedures consistent with those of Cuyahoga County, the execution of which in the Cuyahoga case led to the convictions of two BOE members. He wishes to present edited audio recordings of the sessions to support the contention of observers that the recount process was consistently illegally managed, probably on a statewide basis, since an identically illegal recount procedure was used across Ohio counties under the supervision of Secretary of State Blackwell.
Tim Kettler, 56 years old, resident of Warsaw, Coshocton County, Ohio. I am the secretary of the Green Party of Ohio and served as a regional coordinator of the 2004 Ohio Presidential Vote Recount and as a recount witness for David Cobb. I was co-plaintiff in the Federal lawsuit Rios et al v. Blackwell and a candidate for Ohio Secretary of State in the November, 2006 election. Tim is a candidate for the 2008 election, running for Ohio State Senator.
My interest in this matter goes to the heart of our democratic elections and the issues of transparency and accountability. The events in Coshocton County that occurred preceding, during and subsequent to the 2004 Presidential Vote Recount were in violation of Ohio election law, involved individuals currently employed by the Coshocton County Board of Election, the Ohio Secretary of State's office or that serve on the Coshocton County Board of Election and have yet to be addressed by the Coshocton County Prosecutor, the Ohio Secretary of State or the Ohio Attorney General. I will restrict my remarks to those events in which I have first-hand knowledge and can testify as true in a court of law.
Paul Lehto Paul Lehto is a former attorney from Washington State, practicing for 12 years in business law and consumer fraud, and several years in election law. He presently resides in Michigan and works as an election consultant and co-founder of the Democracy nonprofit Psephos, and teaches "Democracy Schools" to groups ranging from citizens to lawyers. www.psephos-us.org He's a retired governor of the Washington State Bar Association, voted "Rising Star" in 2003 & 2004 by Washington State Law & Politics magazine, and nominated as a “SuperLawyer” in 2005.
Lehto and Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman are co-authors of a significant paper "Evidence of Election Irregularities in Snohomish County, Washington, General Election 2004" involving persuasive evidence of irregularity and/or fraud on Sequoia touch screen "DRE" electronic voting machines. www.votersunite.org/info/SnohomishElectionFraudInvestigation.pdf Data from the paper is featured in the 2005 book "Was the 2004 Presidential Election Stolen?" by Freeman & Bleifuss.
Lehto was also lead plaintiff in Lehto v. Sequoia, which among other factors led to the County Council in January 2006 voting to terminate all polling place use of Sequoia touchscreens, transitioning to vote by mail and mooting the case in the Court of Appeals. Claims in the lawsuit included the illegality of trade secret vote counting in democratic elections, nonwaivable inalienable rights of citizens in elections, and constitutional problems with the delegation of core governmental functions to private parties under "nondelegation doctrine," as well as illegal contract provisions that require the government to violate its duty of loyalty to the public by "cooperating" with vendors to defeat subpoenas and public records requests by the citizens the government is pledged to serve.
Lehto was also lead counsel in the "CA50" congressional election contest known as Jacobson v. Bilbray in 2006, which received the attention of international election monitors from the OSCE-ODIHR as a significant case for American democracy in 2006, the only such case written up for the 2006 federal elections. The case featured disputed electronic voting patterns coupled with a premature swearing into Congress with over 50,000 uncounted votes on the first count in a close race, but with a defense claim that no California Court had "jurisdiction" to recount or hear a challenge because the swearing in triggered the House's "exclusive jurisdiction" under Art. I, sec. 5 of the US Constitution.
Lehto has written and spoken widely on elections, legal issues, and the future of the practice of law. He previously served by appointment of the Washington Supreme Court to the board with regulatory authority over continuing legal education for Washington attorneys. He's a prolific blogger, the author of 4 encyclopedia articles on elections, has two upcoming law reviews including one in the Harvard Journal of Legislation, and is the author of upcoming books due out January 2008 entitled "Defending Democracy" and another collection of quotes about democracy and America.
Lehto will discuss the many reasons why post-election remedies are either unworkable or ill-advised from an election integrity standpoint, with "sore loser" accusations just the tip of that legal and political iceberg, leaving nominally defeated candidates poorly situated to defend election integrity, yet others have more questionable standing. But when we refocus on the all-important first counts, whether on optical scans or touchscreens, we are confronted with the stark and undemocratic realities of de facto secret vote counting on proprietary vendor hard-drives. Because vote counting is at the very heart of the exercise of the right of sovereignty by voters (their suffrage right) and since sovereign voters are literally selecting their servants and acting (collectively) in place of the pre-1776 King's sovereignty, there exists no justification even in theory for employees or servants of the public to hide the vote counting from their employers: the public. Confronting these undeniable realities of all republics and democracies (the people are "the boss" as JFK put it) forces us back to a rediscovery of basic principles and tools of democracy that have been consistently ignored during the era of e-voting. As the Founders and man state constitutions state "A frequent recurrence to fundamental principles is necessary for the preservation of liberty and free government." Without this practice, American government as a practical matter considers only non-democratic values like "convenience" "confidence" and "trust" instead of democratic values like checks and balances, which are actually a form of distrustful oversight and supervision.
Sheri Leigh Myers returned to her home state of Ohio after the 2004 election to support the investigation of the election results. She was co-organizer of the Winter Freedom Bus Ride, that brought disenfranchised Ohio voters to Washington DC to lobby the Senate in January, `07. Back in Los Angeles, she organized "Who Got Glitched?" the first Southern Californian teach-in on election reform. She has remained an activist for the cause of election integrity. Her graphic novel, CHEATED! tells the story of the Ohio voters in 2004. Her next book, PRINCIPLES (& CRIMES IN THE NAME) OF DEMOCRACY explores the history of electronic voting. She was the election integrity consultant for the Syracuse Cultural Workers 2008 calendar, that is devoted to election integrity activism, and will be distributed throughout the country. www.wakeupandsaveyourcountry.com
Sheri Leigh Myers will address the research of Richard Hayes Phillips on the evidence of record - the Ohio 2004 presidential ballots that were altered for the election.
• resident of Ohio for 51 years
• volunteer election integrity activist since 2004, having participated in investigations, audits, parallel elections, as poll worker, registered 300 new Ohio voters in 2004, and have archived over 2500 articles, studies, data, reports, etc. regarding elections in Ohio and the nation
• Penwoman, journalist, commentator
• member and former member of several Ohio Voting Integrity grassroots organizations
• am getting very proficient at connecting the dots
• have met personally with SoS Brunner regarding urgent Ohio election integrity issues
• really want to share what I know but so far have been ignored
Topic - What I would like to see done:
I believe our elections have been privatized without the people's consent. Hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars of HAVA money has been spent on touchscreen voting machines in Ohio. This amounts to a money-funneling operation that was conceived by convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff and convicted Congressman Bob Ney and have resulted in massive failures of electronic voting in Ohio in '06. In California last week, Diebold touchscreen machines were decertified by California's SoS Debra Bowen. Also last week, veteran newsman Dan Rather blasted ES&S touchscreen voting in an unprecedented report on the shoddy workmanship and poor quality control on the ES&S iVotronic machines, which we voted on last Fall in Ohio. Now Diebold has divested itself on its elections division and it's stock plummeted on the news. And ES&S declined to go on the record with Rather. My question is, why can't we get our HAVA money back? Ohio should file product liability lawsuits against ES&S and Diebold for forcing Ohio citizens to vote on inferior and insecure voting machines that have experienced a 30% failure rate in Summit County alone. We need to spend our HAVA money to secure clean elections in Ohio, not make partisan vendors rich. Ohio taxpayers have been robbed and I would like to see us get our HAVA money back. Can we do that?
RICHARD HAYES PHILLIPS, Ph.D., has been investigating the 2004 Ohio election ever since it happened. With the assistance of numerous Ohio citizens he gathered
photographs and photocopies of actual ballots, poll books, and voter signature books from 17 counties in Ohio. His analysis of this forensic evidence has yielded documentation of ballot tampering and vote rigging sufficient to show that the true winner of the Ohio election cannot be verified.
Dr. Phillips will present new evidence documenting the breadth of the Ohio conspiracy. This will include actual photographs of altered ballots, poll books, and voter signature books from numerous counties; results of painstaking analysis, ballot by ballot, of the combinations of choices attributed to the voters; an explanation of why certain evidence was destroyed; and an affirmation that there needs to be a penalty for cheating.
It is Paddy Shaffer who has requested the meeting with Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner and Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann for the group she founded, now identified as The Ohio Election Justice Campaign.
Patricia “Paddy” Shaffer is the Founder of The Ohio Election Justice Campaign, and the Founder and Director of Artists Creating Justice. A Graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design, a professional artist and art teacher, a former President and Vice President of the Dublin Area Art League, and an Ohio native. In 2004 she arrived in Delaware County, Ohio to be a witness to those who attempted to block the Recount of the Presidential Election. This came from John Myers, a leader of the Democratic Party, the Democratic Chairman of the Delaware County Board of Elections (BOE), and this was just the first of many things that made no sense. This has lead to years of investigations, gathering of election records, reporting on, and educating the public to many election stories in Ohio. Paddy helped hold the first and many subsequent public hearings for disenfranchised voters to testify and fill out affidavits on their difficulty to vote stories. When the Green Party Recount happened in 2004, Paddy was the Green Party Recount County Coordinator for Delaware County. She trained 18 people to be recount witnesses, and her people witnessed three of Ohio’s 88 counties. In Delaware’s recount, before Paddy’s eyes, the ES&S technician, Sam Hogsett ran tabulators, loaded ballots, and called off precinct results. Seeing a great need for change and actual honest leadership, in 2006 Paddy Shaffer ran as a Democrat for the US House of Representatives, in Ohio’s 12th Congressional District. While doing this, her concern was great about having her own votes counted, especially in Delaware County, where at the one “Deladems” meeting of the local Delaware Democratic Party, a party leader, Kim Spangler, who was also the Director of the Delaware County BOE threatened to have Paddy arrested if she returned to another party meeting. When asked what the charge would be, she was told, “trespassing, our meetings are private.” It appears Spangler, who helped to block the recount and blocked many of Paddy’s efforts for Delaware election records, was upset. Doing well in her congressional race, but not winning, another candidate item showed up. In August of 2006 Paddy became the campaign manager for another Ohioan studying the fraudulent 2004 election, Dr. Bob Fitrakis, Green Party candidate for Governor of Ohio. This included running the “Five Candidate Election Observer Project 2006” for the state of Ohio for the November 7, 2006 election. She continues her research work on our Ohio elections, with a current focus on taking a detailed look at what has happened to the 2004 election records, recording those stories, and working for justice and prosecution into the criminal activity in Ohio’s elections. She has been both a writer and photographer for the Free Press, where more of her current research will also be submitted, as well as OpEd News, and at www.wakeupandsaveyourcountry.com . Her work has been funded with her grocery money. Nothing less than actual accountability will suffice for what Paddy has witnessed.
Paddy will address the great need for legal accountability and criminal investigation into Ohio’s elections. She supports this discussion with recent new research on what happened with the protected 2004 election records, the legal state procedures for disposal of records, unaccountability for investigation and legal action, quickly clearing out BOE’s with criminal behavior. Paddy recommends forming an Amnesty Program for Election Offenders in Ohio with a slightly reduced sentence for those who turn themselves in, and setting up a way for interested citizens and the press to follow the actual progress of the needed criminal investigations and legal justice work that will follow. Paddy will speak on her proposed first written law, “The National Election Offender Registry,” which would stop those who violate our election laws, from ever working in any election related field again, anywhere in this country. (This is based on the Sex Offender Registry.)
Lynn Landes is the publisher of TheLandesReport and a freelance journalist who writes about politics, health, and the environment. She's one of the nation's leading researchers and analysts on voting integrity issues. Lynn is featured in the books: Pollution: Opposing Viewpoints, Softly On This Earth, Hacked and BlackBoxVoting, and appears in several documentaries including Got Democracy, The Right To Count, Stealing America, and Voting 101 and The Fix Is In. Lynn has been a news reporter for DUTV, hosted her own radio talk show WDVR in New Jersey, and was a weekly commentator for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) radio program. Lynn is also the founder of Zero Waste America, an Internet-based environmental research organization. She has been featured in a series of interviews on environment and health issues on WebMD, and is frequently interviewed by TV, radio, and print news media. Her 1998 report, State of the Nation’s Waste, was reported throughout the U.S. and on German Public Radio. Her 1997 article, River of Waste, is the lead article in a compilation of articles for high school students called Pollution: Opposing Viewpoints Series by Greenhaven Press. Lynn (Ehlinger) Landes and her husband live in center city Philadelphia. They have three grown children. email@example.com / 215-629-3553
Mary Beth Brangan and James Heddle are co-directors of EON, the Ecological Options Network, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation based in California. They are an award-winning filmmaker team with 25 years experience. Recent productions include several films on the election integrity movement in the U.S.: A Little Light’ll Do Ya: Defending Democracy in America; Vote Rigging 101; Got Democracy? ; Getting Over It; Inaugurating Change; and Help America Vote…On Paper.
Brangan and Heddle have produced multiple documentaries on democracy issues in the US as well as internationally in the last two decades which have been broadcast and toured nationally and internationally; aired in Congress, the United Nations, on PBS, ABC, CNN, Link TV, Free Speech TV, cable; and used in parliaments, universities, libraries and by citizens’ organizations and NGO’s worldwide.
Their work has been honored at the Sundance, American, San Francisco Asian-American, Dallas; Hawaii International, EarthVision and Margaret Mead Film Festivals, among others. Previous funders include the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; PBS; the Alton-Jones, McArthur, Columbia and Turner Foundations; the European Commission; the Agape Foundation for Non-Violent Social Change; The Foundation for Deep Ecology; The Flow Fund Circle; Nu Lambda Trust; and many private donors.
Their previous productions include: Strategic Trust: the Making of Nuclear Free Palau; Free Zone: Democracy Meets the Nuclear Threat; Choicepoint: California’s Water & Nuclear Waste; PELIGRO! Nuclear Showdown on the Rio Grande; Islands on the Edge of Time; Bordering on Tyranny: Thailand’s Dilemma; Public Exposure: DNA, Democracy & the ‘Wireless Revolution.’
Matthew Kraus hails from Canton, Ohio. He studied theater at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, graduating in 2001, and acted in independent theatrical productions in the Boston area. Matt’s documentary short film Farming for the Future, a portrait of organic growers in Southeast Ohio, was selected for official competition in several festival programs and garnered Timberland’s 2006 Mion Solutions Environmental Film Award. He recently completed a Master of Fine Arts Degree at Ohio University School of Film.
* Note: Matt is one of the three directors in the newly released film about the 2004 election, “How Ohio Pulled It Off.” http://www.howohiopulleditoff.com/directors/
Jeffrey H. Kirkby grew up in North Canton Ohio, home of the Late Hoover Co, and the Diebold corp. He now lives with his wife Debra in Lakewood Ohio. He works as an airline mechanic (for 18 years), a theater projectionist, and recently started a movie production company called Voices of Cleveland and Beyond Productions LLC (VOCAB Productions). Recently, some of Jeff's footage was included in an HBO documentary titled “Hacking Democracy" which was produced
by Teale Edwards Productions, located in New York City. This documentary was broadcast during November and December 2006, and is available now on DVD. Hacking Democracy has been nominated for an EMMY Award in the category OUTSTANDING INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM - LONG FORM.
One of Jeff's first projects, "Hands off Medicaid", was a documentary of a town hall forum. The documentary spread the word to our state representatives, senators, county commissioners, and the governor of Ohio that cutting the budget for Medicaid was a bad Idea. The documentary lead to the nomination by Merrick House of Cleveland for the NFL Community Quarterback award.
Some of my footage was used in a Discovery Times TV documentary, "Ballot Battles," which forewarned the public of the chaos of the 2004 elections. The same footage was used in another documentary, "Invisible Coup," by Terry Murray of Black Sheep productions. The next movie
I created was, "We honor Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones," which documented portions from her fight for social justice and voting election reform. http://www.vocabvideo.com
Guests to View Meeting
I'm Jennifer E. Alexander, a supporter of election reform. I've lived in Greene County for 4 years, and a former resident of Montgomery County of 30 years. I've been an active volunteer with the Democratic Party most of my life. I have also worked as an Election Day poll worker for 15 years. I have witnessed first hand the many problems with our current voting practices. After the last two elections, I do not feel I should waste time, effort and emotion into getting voters to the polls. Our votes don't mean anything currently.
Ray Beckerman, A lawyer in New York City, Ray was a voter protection hotline volunteer in Ohio in 2004, and learned firsthand about the massive disenfranchisement which occurred here. Since then, he's been working, through his blog, "Ohio Election Fraud (formerly "Fairness")", to let the world know what happened in Ohio in 2004, and to see to it that those responsible are brought to justice. http://fairnessbybeckerman.blogspot.com/
Mark P. Brown, Founder of The Congressional Policy Forum, Age 50, Lifetime resident of Ohio; past Democratic nominee for U.S. House, Ohio 12th District 1988, Ohio 15th District 2002 and 2004. Mark has been a political volunteer and activist since 1975. He published a detailed essay on election reform in 2004. After the 2004 General Election, Mark conducted an extensive two month door to door interviews with over 500 voters. This was in December 2004 and January 2005 on Columbus’s south side in regard to problems with the 2004 General Elections. Mark collected 35 legal affidavits during his voter canvas. As an activist he has distributed over 250,000 pieces of literature on political and election reform in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Mark is the brother of election activist Paddy Shaffer.
Bill Buckel, Graduated from the University of Colorado in August 1952 with a M.S. degree in mechanical engineering. Served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1956. Was discharged with the rank of staff sergeant. Employed at Battelle Memorial Institute from 1956 to 1994. While at Battelle worked as a mechanical engineering researcher, a Reports Librarian, and a Reference Librarian. Graduated from Kent State University in 1980 with a M.L. S. degree in Library Science. Ran for the public office of member of the Columbus Board of Education (Columbus, Ohio) during the years 1981 to present. The platform focused on creating in-depth citizen oversight councils at each of the District’s 130 schools.
Stephen Caruso, Citizen of Ohio since 1977. Independent video producer for ACTV, with films on Steven Canetto and several other aired programs. Volunteer for Olde Towne East Community Festival for numerous years. Ham Radio operator, Member of ATCO (amateur television of Central Ohio). Statutory Agent For the Ohio Students of the Urantia Book. Certified Electronics technician. Associates Degree in Computer Science from CSCC. Volunteer for the Fitrakis For Governor Campaign and the Columbus Free Press
Marj Creech, is Education Coordinator for the national election watchhdog group, the Election Defense Alliance (EDA). Before the fiasco of the 2004 national election, Marj was active in GLBT rights and other progressive issues. As the evidence of a fraudulent election rolled in, she joined the fight to reveal the wrongdoing, sloppiness, and outright illegality of an election that continues the reign of imposters who seem determined to destroy this great democracy, economically, environmentally, morally, and spiritually. Marj is a pastor, writer, citizen investigator, coordinator of volunteers, and encourager of all who work for peace and justice for all people. She served as an enlisted medical assistant at Walter Reed Army Hospital and then as an officer in the Women's Army Corps during the Vietnam War.
Teresa Dawson, criminal justice professional, election observer, parent of two reserve soldiers and Director of Veterans and Military Families for Progress, Ohio Chapter. Ohio University graduate. Does volunteer work for the Ohio National Guard.
Bruce Duncanson, has been a peace activist since 1977. I have been a "Peace Army General" since 1983. I got interested in Elections in 2000 when G.W. Bush was selected President. My interest was peaked in 2004 when John Kerry the apparent winner at noon, lost to G.W. Bush by a slim margin amid many irregularities. I acted as an Elections Observer in 2006 when a democratic series of victories should have been a democratic landslide. I am now working for "Hand Counted Paper Ballots at the Precinct."
John Gideon is Co-Director and Information Manager for VotersUnite! He is a disabled Viet Nam Vet (Navy) and a retired federal employee. He has been learning about and working on the issues related to voting reform and voting integrity since early in 2003. He maintains the current news links on the VotersUnite! website and compiles the "Daily Voting News," a clipping service of voting news articles for activists, attorneys, elections officials, elected officials, and others who are interested in voting reform issues. His personal knowledge of current events on these issues has become a trusted resource for voting integrity activists across the country. John has worked with Bev Harris at BlackBoxVoting.Org. He has also worked as Information Director for
VerifiedVoting.Org and is a founder of VoteTrustUSA. John has been effective in lobbying Washington State legislators to introduce and pass legislation requiring a voter-verified paper ballot. He is dedicated to informing election officials and journalists of accurate details, often emailing them facts in response to fallacies he finds in the articles he includes in his clipping service. www.votersunite.org
Patricia A. Marida is a graduate of Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, currently retired after practicing pharmacy in hospital and community pharmacy settings. From 1981-1990 she served as volunteer staff and board member of the Ohio Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign. She has served as Chair of the Board of The Ark House, a facility that mainstreams people with developmental disabilities. For 15 years she volunteered at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus as chair of the local Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, raising funds for the work of the national organization of the same name that does social and political work in several nations around the world. She served as chair of the Central Ohio Sierra Club for 9 years, from 1998 through 2006. She has also chaired the Rivers and Wetlands Subcommittee, the Transportation and Planned Growth Subcommittee, and the Toxics Subcommittee for that Group. She is currently a member of theExecutive Committee of the Ohio Sierra Club. She has also supported local and national efforts addressing homelessness, women's rights, gay rights, and other social justice issues.
Danny Stanton CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist);
I have been married for nearly 30 years and the father of two adult children. I have been a working health care professional for over 30 years. Resident of Ohio for almost 20 years. Elections Information;
• Attended the state house hearings back in early 2004 to find out more about the voting machines Ohio was proposing to buy after HAVA. Talked with Radke face to face.
• Attended an elections administration seminar held at the OSU law school in 2004.
• Talked directly with the EAC administrators during a reception prior to the seminar. Surprised and concerned to learn that EAC received no funds for R&D.
• Attempted to help elect a state official committed to addressing the election system problems. (For a short time was the official campaign manager for Bev Campbell in the 2006 election).
• Lurker on the CASE_OHIO forum for years.
• Protested the Ohio 2004 elections on the statehouse lawn December 2004
• Marched in the 2007 Doo Dah parade handing out literature to inform Ohio citizens about the concerns with electronic voting and encourage a return to hand-counted paper ballots.
• Given talks to inform Ohio citizens about the current problems with out elections system.
• As an informed and concerned citizen, I have no trust in the current state of voting technology and hope for a return to an election system based on hand-counted paper ballots.
Nudge Squidfish is a native Ohio songwriter and former March of Dimes poster child. He began his musical career at age 15 after meeting Jimi Hendrix back stage. Over the years he has worked with, or been involved with the Ohio Players, Ted Nugent, Rush, Spoon, Crime and the City Solution, Guide By Voices, Donavan, Mini Pearl, Beck Bogart and Apice, Lee Greenwood, Dwight Yoakam, Rick Rubin, Nick Cave, Bobby Bear and many, many others in the music business. While living in Nashville Tennessee, and with guidance from the Denny Music Publishing Group and the Grand Old Opera Association, he released two LPs. As a member of the Nashville Songwriters Association and ASCAP he attend songwriting classes at Belmont College. He also attended Columbus State Community College and later majored in philosophy at OSU. While still being active in live stage work he currently manages a non-profit film and record label; which promote local talent via the Internet. He has toured the US and Canada for Warner Brothers Records.
October 13, 2007
House Judiciary Committee to Conduct Hearings on Justice Department's Sweeping Ohio 2004 Misconduct Under the Rug
This reported by Brad Friedman of BradBlog:
Conyers Issues Statement on News Reports Questioning DoJ's 2004 Presidential Election 'Investigation' in Ohio
Chairman of House Judiciary Committee is Troubled by Voting Chief John Tanner's 'Justification' for Inequal Treatment of Black Voters in Buckeye State....
Plans to Address Matter 'Head On' in Upcoming Hearings...
Following up our earlier story today, the Chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, John Conyers (D-MI), has now released a statement in response to TPM Muckraker's story today with on-the-record comments from former DoJ officials questioning the seriousness (or lack thereof) of the "investigation" by the Department's chief Voting official, John Tanner, into the reported racial disparities at polling places during the 2004 Presidential Election in Ohio.
In Conyers's statement (posted in full at the end of this article) he says he's "concerned about the extreme lengths Mr. Tanner went to in order to justify the reasons African-Americans were not treated equally in the 2004 Ohio election," and charges that "The Department of Justice – since the Voting Rights Act of 1965 – has a responsibility to thoroughly investigate allegations of voter suppression and discrimination, like those made in Ohio in 2004."
Tanner's "investigation" at the time had, remarkably, charged that the reason for long lines in minority areas of Ohio was because minorities chose to vote late in the afternoon, instead of earlier in the day as white voters did.