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http://www.freepress.org/departments/display/19/2004/985

Startling new revelations highlight rare Congressional hearings on Ohio vote
by Bob Fitrakis, Steve Rosenfeld and Harvey Wasserman
December 13, 2004

Startling new revelations about Ohio's presidential vote have been
uncovered as Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee join
Rev. Jesse Jackson in Columbus, the state capital, on Monday, Dec.
13, to hold a rare field hearing into election malfeasance and
manipulation in the 2004 vote. The Congressional delegation will
include Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Rep.
Stephanie Tubbs-Jones, and others.

Taken together, the revelations show Republicans - in state and
county government, and in the Ohio Republican Party - were determined
to undermine and suppress Democratic turnout by a wide variety of
methods.

The revelations were included in affidavits gathered for an election
challenge lawsuit filed Monday at the Ohio Supreme Court. Ohio's
Republican Electoral College representatives are also to meet at
noon, Monday, at the State House, even though the presidential
recount, requested by the Green and Libertarian Parties, is only
beginning the same day.

On Sunday, John Kerry spoke with Rev. Jesse Jackson and urged him to
take an more active role in investigating the irregularities and
ensuring a fair and impartial recount. Kerry said there were three
areas of inquiry that should be addressed: 92,000 ballots that
recorded no vote for president; qualifying and counting provisional
ballots; and supported an independent analysis of the software and
set-up of the optical scan voting machines.

What follows are excerpts from some of the affidavits for the
election challenge.

- In Warren County, where election officers declared a
homeland security emergency on Election Day, and barred reporters and
others from watching the vote count, it now has been revealed that
county employees were told the previous Thursday they should prepare
for the Election Day lockdown. That disclosure suggests the lockdown
was a political decision, not a true security risk. Moreover,
statements also describe how ballots were left unguarded and
unprotected in a warehouse on Election Day, and they were hastily
moved after county officials received complaints.

- In Franklin County, where Columbus is located, the
election director, Matt Damschroder, misinformed a federal court on
Election Day when he testified the county had no additional voting
machines - in response to a Voting Rights Act lawsuit brought by the
state Democratic Party that minority precincts were intentionally
deprived of machines. It now appears as many as 81 voting machines
were being held back, out of 2,866 available, according to recent
statements by Damschroder and Bill Anthony, the chairman of the
Franklin County Board of Elections. The shortage of machines in
Democratic-leaning districts lead to long lines and thousands of
people leaving in frustration and not voting. Damschroder's
contradictory statements raise the possibility of perjury.

- Also in Franklin County, a worker at the Holiday Inn
observed a team of 25 people who called themselves the "Texas Strike
Force" using payphones to make intimidating calls to likely voters,
targeting people recently in the prison system. The "Texas Strike
Force" members paid their way to Ohio, but their hotel accommodations
were paid for by the Ohio Republican Party, whose headquarters is
across the street. The hotel worker heard one caller threaten a
likely voter with being reported to the FBI and returning to jail if
he voted. Another hotel worker called the police, who came but did
nothing.

- In Knox County, students at Kenyon College, a liberal arts
school, stood in line for up to 11 hours, because only one voting
machine was in use. However, at nearby Mt. Vernon Nazarene
University, there were ample voting machines and no lines. This
suggests the GOP shorting of voting machines was a more widespread
tactic than just targeting inner-city neighborhoods.

- Reports in sworn affadavits affirm numerous instances of
direct official interference with the right to vote. In Warren
County, Democrats were being targeted and forced to use provisional
ballots, even if they had proper identification. These ballots were
then subjected to more rigorous standards to be counted than were
other ballots. In a half-dozen precincts in Franklin County, people
who were not inside polling places by 7:30 PM were told to leave -
even if they had waited in line for hours. This is a violation of the
Voting Rights Act. Sworn affidavits also confirmed reports of old
voter rolls being used, meaning that new voters were not on the list
and would be given provisional ballots, if allowed to vote at all.

Affidavits were also filed in support of the election challenge suit
raising questions about manipulating exit poll results and computer
tabulation of county and statewide votes.

In one exit poll affidavit, Jonathan David Simon, an expert witness,
notes that at 12:53 a.m. the exit polls altered the projected winner
- even though the same number of votes had been cast. "Although each
update reports the same number of respondents (872), the reported
results differ significantly, with the latter (12:53 a.m.) exit poll
results apparently having been brought into congruence with the
tabulated vote results." In other words, the exit polls were made to
conform to a political decision to declare Bush the victor.

Another exit poll affidavit, filed by Ron Paul Baiman, an economist
and statistician at the University of Illinois and University of
Chicago, said the swing in national exit poll results, recorded at
12:33 a.m., when Kerry was winning with 50.8 percent of the vote, to
Bush winning with 51.2 percent, was, "in lay terms, impossible."

"This is more than a 100 percent swing in the other direction of the
exit poll margin, he said. "There is less than a one in 25,000,000
(1/25,507,308) chance of this occurring."

Another affidavit by Richard Hayes Phillips, a geomorphology Ph.D.
from University of Oregon with a special expertise in spotting
anomalous data, found dramatic examples of erroneous voting patterns
- with votes taken away from Kerry - that can only be explained by
computer manipulation.

For instance, in 16 precincts in Cleveland, he found votes that were
shifted from Kerry to other candidates. In at least 30 precincts,
there was ultra-low voter turnout reported - as low as 7.1 percent or
13.05 percent - and seven entire wards where total turnout was below
50 percent. He writes, "Kerry won Cleveland with 83.27 percent of the
vote to 15.88 percent for Bush. If voter turnout were really 60
percent of registered voters, as seems likely based on turnout in
other major cities of Ohio, rather than 49.89 percent as reported,
Kerry's margin of victory in Cleveland has been wrongly reduced by
22,000 votes."

Phillips points to other counties where has says "there is
compelling evidence of fraud." In Miami County early on election
night, when 31,620 votes had been counted, and later, when 50,235
votes were counted, "Kerry had exactly the same percentage, 33.92
percent, and the percentage for George Bush was almost exactly the
same, dropping by 0.03 percent from 65.80 to 65.77 percent. The
second set of returns gave Bush a margin of exactly 16,000 votes,
giving cause to question the integrity of the central counting device
for the optical scan machines. "

He cites many other examples, but summarizes his findings: "It is my
professional opinion that John Kerry's margins of victory were
wrongly reduced by 22,000 votes in Cleveland, by 17,000 votes in
Columbus, and by as many as 7,000 votes in Toledo. It is my further
professional opinion that John Kerry's margins of defeat in Warren,
Butler, and Clermont Counties were inflated by as many as 37,000
votes in the aggregate, and in Miami County by as many as 6,000
votes. There are still 92,672 uncounted regular ballots that, based
upon the analysis set forth of the election results from Dayton and
Cincinnati, may be expected to break for John Kerry by an
overwhelming margin. And there are still 14,441 uncounted provisional
ballots."
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