11/29/2004

Daily Kos :: John Kerry's Missing 250,000 votes (Not including provisional ballots)

I gotta admit I'm loosing track of which story is new or recycled... Is this one new ? -- law


Daily Kos

John Kerry's Missing 250,000 votes (Not including provisional ballots)
by rsummy
Mon Nov 29th, 2004 at 00:26:29 CDT

Here is a very interesting story I recently ran across. I highlighted the parts I thought were important below.

Kerry Supports Ohio Vote Investigation, Jackson says by Steven Rosenfeld

According to the latest analysis of the Nov. 2 vote by a coalition of Ohio voting rights activists. In analyzing the still-unofficial results, the totals reveal that C. Ellen Connally, an African-American Democratic candidate from Cleveland for Ohio Chief Justice, received 257,000 more votes than Kerry. The reason these vote counts are suspect is because Connelly, a retired African-American judge, was vastly outspent in her race, and did not have the visibility of the presidential race.



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'This looks like a computer glitch or a computer fix,' said Bob Fitrakis, a lawyer, political scientist and Editor of the Columbus Free Press (http://freepres.org) who has written about election irregularities since Bush was declared the winner. Fitrakis is among the team of lawyers who announced they would soon file an election challenge in the state's Supreme Court.

'Statistically, Kerry, as the Democratic presidential candidate, should have more votes than Connally. In a presidential election, most voters have the priority of casting a vote for president and the votes for president are almost always much higher than those of candidates farther down the ticket. When voters vote for Democratic candidates farther down the ticket, it is usually being driven by a sample ballot from the Party, starting at the top with president. Many voters simply don't vote for Supreme Court justices. It is highly improbable that Connally's vote totals would be so much higher than Kerry's,' Fitrakis said.

The fact that Warren County has such odd vote counts is no surprise to Fitrakis. 'The Republican-dominated county threw out all the media and independent vote watchers when votes were being counted at the end of Election Day, claiming `homeland security' issues. This would have easily allowed for the wholesale shifting of a large amount of votes from Kerry to Bush. If you're behind closed doors, it is easy enough to do. The November issues of Popular Science and Popular Mechanics magazines show how easy it is to hack the vote and steal an election. The articles are called `E-vote emergency: And you thought dimpled chads were bad' and `Could hackers tilt the election?' I think they did,' explained Fitrakis.

*Chart of the measurement of margin between Connally and Kerry race

A negative sign immediately below means that the margin for Kerry (in his race) was less than the margin for Connally (in her race) by the indicated amount. All counties where Connally's margin exceeded Kerry's by 2,000 votes or more should be on this list. There are 37 such counties.

County Margin Voting system
Adams -2,299 punch card
Allen -4,579 optical scan
Auglaize -6,592 DRE
Brown -4,363 punch card
Butler -45,457 punch card
Champaign -2,252 punch card
Clermont -22,998 optical scan
Clinton -3,429 punch card
Crawford -2,891 punch card
Darke -6,549 punch card
Defiance -2,050 punch card
Delaware -10,431 punch card
Fairfield -4,104 punch card
Geauga -4,433 optical scan
Greene -9,480 punch card "

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