The Buckeye state is calling
Wednesday, Nov. 03, 2004 at 11:11 AM
The Buckeye state is calling -
Ohio becomes ground zero for election fraud in 2004
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With some of the usual corporate media suspects jumping the gun on the outcome of the 2004 presidential election in Ohio, many others are not so self-assured. The Bush regime leads Kerry in Ohio by some 130,650 votes, yet according to Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell, a Republican partisan no less, final results may not be counted for two weeks pending a tally of more than 135,000 provisional ballots and an unknown number of absentee ballots. Sound familiar? It should.
On today's Democracy Now! show, long-time election fraud watchdog, Greg Palast, cites widespread disenfranchisement in Ohio, as well as New Mexico. The losers? People of color, of course! But we all lose when Republican operatives pull out all the stops to steal yet another presidential election here in the alleged birthplace of democracy. Amidst complaints from international election observers and reports of rampant electronic vote theft, where machines indicated votes for one candidate when another had been chosen, outrage is mounting across the nation. Electronic voting observers at Black Box Voting say they are "conducting the largest Freedom of Information action in history" Blanketing the U.S. with a series of "public records requests, to obtain internal computer logs and other documents from 3,000 individual counties and townships. [The television] Networks called the election before anyone bothered to perform even the most rudimentary audit."
Ohio may well see the same upheaval witnessed four years ago in Florida, only this time it will be pro-democracy activists and Democrats in the streets. Activists in Ohio are taking action in Cleveland, Athens, and Columbus. These and a growing number of protests across the U.S. will sound the tone for the coming weeks. It remains to be seen how many outraged citizens are packing their bags and checking out road maps of the Midwest as we speak. The Buckeye state is calling.