Saturday, November 6, 2010
Legacy Or Lethargy? Ohio Officials Brunner And Cordray Asked To Deal With 2004 Election Fraud In Their Final Hours In Office
Brunner and Cordray have much in common. Both are Ohio Democrats in their final days in office. Both lost elections this year. Both offices will be returned to Republican control in January 2011. Their offices are located in downtown Columbus, Ohio, not far from the federal courthouse. Both are younger politicians, who entered office with much promise.
Of the two, Richard Cordray has dedicated his life to public service, holding many lower political offices until appointed to the Ohio Attorney General's office by Governor Ted Strickland (D) following the exit of the elected Attorney General in 2006, Marc Dann. Richard Cordray, before he was Ohio Attorney General, also helped Jennifer Brunner campaign for her position as Secretary of State.
Both are also, largely, from Central Ohio. They are both hugely Midwestern in demeanor and attitude. Both of them were also involved, through their offices, in blocking eight members of The Ohio Election Justice Campaign from participating in the federal lawsuit that seeks election justice, King-Lincoln v. Brunner (formerly King-Lincoln v. Blackwell).
Although the Democrats have, perhaps, not been watching this lawsuit, the Republicans have been keenly interested in its progress (or rather, lack thereof).
Because of the self-generated and narcissistic media attention they have produced for themselves, not to mention the unique and theatrically paranoid blend of disinformation mixed with truth that they so skillfully spin around the hopeful, the disenfranchised, and the curious, we must regretfully include the names of Robert Fitrakis and Clifford Arnebeck in this introduction.
Because neither the offices of Jennifer Brunner nor the offices of Richard Cordray would have been successful in blocking eight members of The Ohio Election Justice Campaign from participating in this federal lawsuit without the active (if not eager) cooperation of these two attorneys.
Bear in mind, that the point of blocking The Ohio Election Justice Campaign was also to delete, entirely, the evidence we had submitted to federal court. Over a thousand pages of evidence is now entirely gone from the court record, evidence we believed would compel the federal court to convene a grand jury.
And not long after ordering the evidence stricken, the federal judge assigned to this case, a newly appointed O.S.U. trustee, sat happily in an airplane, flying to watch the Rose Bowl game on O.S.U.'s (i.e. taxpayer) dime with, really, could it be, Wally O'Dell??? Wally is the infamous Diebold (election machine company) CEO who in 2004 promised to deliver Ohio to George W. Bush in a fundraising letter. Other such characters who had an interest in seeing this lawsuit and the whole election mess fade from memory also were on that plane to the Rose Bowl. OH-IO!.
Had Fitrakis and Arnebeck done the work themselves, or just not blocked us, Ohio election officials could have been dished out legal justice years ago. Arnebeck… a man so full of hot air he can’t resist expanding.
Six years have passed, legal deadlines have passed, members of Congress that stood up for Ohio have passed on (to heaven, blessings to them), and yet no one has served a day in jail, and there has been no accountability for the theft of the Ohio 2004 Presidential election.
So when you hear of Arnebeck and Fitrakis’s multi-year yet unsuccessful work chasing Carl Rove, remember nothing has been accomplished that held even one person accountable in Ohio, not one person. Yet they blocked many from receiving justice. Why? For whom?
Imagine the world we would live in today if the Ohio election thieves (and thus, presidential election thieves) had met with a reckoning.
Would former Delaware County Prosecutor, David Yost, a Republican who blocked and delayed the recount while Kenneth Blackwell certified the election now be elected to statewide office? Consider that our elected auditor is also the same person whose office blocked public record requests for election records, refused to answer record requests, wanted to charge nearly $2,000 to access public election records, allowed a technician to manipulate the tabulators during the 2004 election recount, and blocked election observers in 2008. Not only will he be the new State of Ohio Auditor, but also Mr. Yost will have a seat on the apportionment board, which determines the electoral districts in Ohio for the next ten years.
Quite a reward -- and only possible with the continued lethargy or complicity of those we elected (or whom we trust) to deal precisely with these issues. Should we wonder what new unsightly gifts will come from his office, “possibly even more intense gerrymandering” or hope that his election to higher office is the Peter Principle in politics?
Much of our evidence and legal writing pertaining to the real history of Ohio is available for viewing at: http://moritzlaw.osu.edu/electionlaw/litigation/klbna.php
Sadly it is no longer in federal court. Gee, who benefited from that?
The two letters to Brunner and Cordray are contained below. If you are reading this, please also join us in asking Brunner and Cordray to take action on the 2004 election fraud in their final hours. It's no more than what the governor does before he leaves (grants a bunch of pardons) but in reverse.
Jennifer Brunner, Ohio Secretary of State
180 East Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
By e-mail and by fax: email@example.com (614) 644-0649
November 5, 2010
Dear Jennifer Brunner,
Once again members of The Ohio Election Justice Campaign stand united to request a meeting and action from you in capacity as the Ohio Secretary of State in your few remaining days. The issue of the alleged crimes of the 2004 election and the destruction of the election records in defiance of the federal court still sits in the room with us all, and the pile stinks of decay and neglect at a time that it could be a shining beacon of justice coming from the Ohio Secretary of State to the state of Ohio, the United States, and the world.
In your final days, will you do this? Or will you do continue to do nothing? Will we remember it that while the Democrats ruled Ohio, the election fraud and those who committed it were intentionally and with effort in court ignored? Will we only remember that elected Democrats in Ohio helped to cover-up the election crimes that put George Bush in office for his second term? We all know that he was never elected, not in 2000 and not in 2004.
I do not know if you personally reviewed the evidence that myself and seven other members of my organization submitted to the federal court in the King Lincoln v. Brunner case. Did you? If not, will you do this now?
Apparently incompetent or else corrupted plaintiffs' attorneys Clifford Arnebeck and Bob Fitrakis had thousands of pages of evidence stricken from the court record, records we submitted, rather than allowing it to stay, or better yet, using it. As we have been blocked from entering the case, of which you were part of blocking us, would you now be willing to resubmit it and use our evidence?
This evidence included the letters from the County Board of Election (BOE) officials regarding destruction of the 2004 records that they sent to you. My research shows that 59 of Ohio’s 88 Counties are missing records. In 2007, you told the Voting Rights Institute those records had been given to the court, and yet they were not in the court record until we submitted them in July of 2008. Then they were stricken. You could still submit them. The court should, for the sake of the citizens of this nation, take seriously the deliberate defiance of the court order to protect the 2004 election records. It was illegal.
Included in the stricken court records were photocopies of ballots from Delaware County’s Genoa I precinct. These show what appears to be fraud. Will you look? Will you resubmit them? What were all the real reasons that it was Delaware that fought in county and federal court to block the recount? Can we talk about what we have learned? Do you care enough to pull this and other 2004 election issues from the depths of intentional darkness into the light in your final days as the Ohio Secretary of State?
We today received an email from you encouraging action and presenting your view of your preferred legacy. Quick action at this late date, rather than a continuation of the cover-up, will be the greatest legacy you can leave as Ohio Secretary of State.
I phoned in a request to meet with you this morning to your staff member Brian Morgan. We are available for a meeting at your earliest convenience to discuss these issues in more detail. It has now been 1,186 days since we first in 2007 requested a meeting with you over these very issues.
Members of The Ohio Election Justice Campaign
Founder, The Ohio Election Justice Campaign
Ohio Attorney General
30 East Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
By e-mail and by fax: firstname.lastname@example.org (866) 347-9194
November 5, 2010
Dear Richard Cordray,
I am writing on behalf of The Ohio Election Justice Campaign, a non-partisan, statewide group of concerned citizens, to request a meeting with your office as soon as possible to discuss the unresolved alleged election crimes from 2004 and to present citizen-documented evidence to your office. This would indeed be a boost to a struggling nation and a fitting tribute to your legacy in the office of The Ohio Attorney General.
We met with senior officials from Marc Dann's office shortly after he was elected. Upon review of our evidence, they committed to take action. As you know, Mr. Dann and his senior officials left office shortly after his election (and our meeting). These issues remain unresolved.
Although some people believe these election issues remain unresolved for lack of evidence, the hard truth is that some of this evidence has been kept from the public for partisan reasons. Both your office and the federal court have been provided with evidence. Sad but true, the evidence was stricken from the court record in King-Lincoln v. Brunner (S.D. Ohio, Marbley, J.). This makes little common sense, but it was the attorneys for the plaintiffs, Clifford Arnebeck and Bob Fitrakis who had the evidence stricken. Evidence they could have used, and some of it which they could have submitted themselves but failed to. In our group opinion, they have failed to do many things, thus failing the plaintiffs, the nation, and the world.
For example, the Delaware County ballots that were submitted to the court that show fraud were part of the stricken records. Remember, it was Delaware County and Delaware County Prosecutor David Yost that blocked the statewide recount, and it was Delaware County that apparently rigged the recount while I was there as the Delaware County Recount Coordinator for the Green Party. Evidence and data analysis show that both the 2004 presidential election and the Ohio Supreme Court races were rigged in Delaware.
Delaware went to county and federal court claiming they couldn’t afford the recount. The final cost given to me from former Delaware County Board of Elections (BOE) Director Kim Spangler was $0. They did it with office staff, on office time. Delaware’s Board of Elections had a budget of just under a million dollars a year in 2004. Yost had six prosecutors in federal court to fight that recount. His office has been unable or unwilling to give me a cost for that, and the names of all the prosecutors involved.
Further, the letters from election officials written to the Secretary of State in April of 2007 admitting to their alleged crimes of the destruction of the “public records” of the 2004 election were stricken from the court record. Neither your office, the Ohio Secretary of State, nor the attorneys for the plaintiffs gave these to the court; it was done by myself and seven other Ohio citizens from 4 counties. So far my personal research shows 59 of Ohio’s 88 counties destroyed records. This destruction was in direct violation of a federal court order. Have you read those letters? They are both important and disturbing.
We harbor concerns that what remains of the 2004 ballots that the Secretary of State has in custody on the OSU campus will remain protected as you leave office. What can you legally do to assure that? They are evidence, and it was staff of your office that assured us they would be safe prior to the massive destruction of so much of them. From the evidence we submitted to the federal court, it appears there was a statewide, coordinated effort to destroy the 2004 records/evidence in 2006. The destruction of the remaining 2004 records that the counties should retain has continued, and evidence of this was also submitted to court and likewise stricken.
The serious and detrimental actions taken by the Assistant Attorney General assigned to the King-Lincoln case and charged with protecting this evidence and the ballots are also a matter of grave concern to us. We understand that your office has an obligation to defend the Office of the Ohio Secretary of State, but we have followed the proper procedures so that the election crimes we allege are rightfully now under the jurisdiction of your office.
We request a meeting with you as soon as possible since your days in office and the impact they can have for the good of this state and nation are now numbered. So far we have been very disappointed by many who sat as the Ohio Attorney General: Jim Petro, Marc Dann, and Nancy Rogers.
We are still deeply concerned and waiting for your response to meet. We request an hour, although we could work with less time, but would prefer more if possible. Please lets talk and move with lightning speed to take action in your final days in office. If anyone has the intelligence, integrity, and courage to resolve at least a few of the unresolved election crimes, we believe it would be you, a fitting legacy to your tenure as Ohio Attorney General.
Members of the Ohio Election Justice Campaign
Founder, The Ohio Election Justice Campaign
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Coshocton County Prosecutor
318 Chestnut Street
Coshocton, Ohio 43812
April 15, 2009
Re: Questions, Comments, and a FOIA for ongoing request for election fraud investigation of Coshocton County.
Dear Bob Batchelor,
I would like to know if you requested an investigation for possible election fraud in the Coshocton County 2004 General Election in regards to the over 6,800 votes for write-in candidate David Corbett that appear to be in the handwriting of one to several people. There are a small number of votes sprinkled through the 43 precincts that do appear to be in the handwriting of a variety of people, which I have assumed are actual votes. If those 6,800 ballots do indeed contain election fraud, I wonder if they are even real?
I originally wrote to you about this on October 14, 2008, and addressed the apparent conflict of interest for you to investigate as you provide legal council to the Coshocton County Board of Elections. I also recently noticed that you were a candidate on those same ballots. I do not know if that would add to the conflict of interest issue. When I originally wrote to you about this, I sent photos of the actual ballots. The Secretary of State’s (SOS) attorneys say they lost their photos I sent in October. One of the same SOS attorneys, Eleanor Speelman previously lost a request for an investigation into election fraud for the 2004 Coshocton County Recount that was filed by Coshocton resident, Tim Kettler. Kettler is a witness to another SOS employee, Pat Wolfe and her involvement in the alleged rigging of the 2004 recount. I know Peter Jones who witnessed that same SOS employee, Pat Wolfe’s involvement in the alleged rigging of the Green County recount. Please watch out for your county and provide the needed legal guidance.
It certainly seems difficult to get the people paid with taxpayer money to do oversight, people whose job it is to have such investigations done… to actually do those investigations in Ohio. I wonder why? Today is April 15, tax day, I hope for better use of our money in the near future.
It is my understanding that for the Ohio Attorney General to conduct an investigation into the issue of alleged election fraud in Coshocton County, that either the County Prosecutor or the Ohio Secretary of State must request the investigation. Brian Green who was an attorney under Jennifer Brunner did promise me such an investigation last fall. Since making that promise Brian has changed jobs and now works in the State of New York. Strangely he never contacted me to withdraw his promised investigation. I am told that Secretary Brunner has not yet requested the investigation with the Attorney General into alleged election fraud on those David Corbett ballots.
According to Paul Scarsella the Sections Chief of Special Prosecutions at the office of the Ohio Attorney General, you also have not requested the investigation. So what will it take for you to make this request? Lets just start with the subject of the sheriff race, although there are others things we could expand to later. Would you like to join me and view the actual ballots? It is easy to see the similarities. I think it is important enough that I will make the time to do that with you. I have learned that the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification has on staff a handwriting expert. It seems to me that we shall need such talents to figure out what has happened in the Coshocton County 2004 General Election. Could you please quickly request not only the investigation, but to immediately bring in the handwriting expert.
I understand you told a reporter that someone from the Attorney General’s office looked at 30 Coshocton ballots and did not find a problem last fall. Please tell me who this was and when this happened. When I reviewed the security records which detail every person that has entered the storage facility, no such person existed. When I asked Paul Scarsella if he had anyone look at those ballots last fall, the answer was no. So please tell me how you learned of this inspection. Security is very tight at the storage facility, and if someone got in undetected and was posing to be an employee of the Ohio Attorney General, handled the ballots without someone providing oversight, and then lied to you about conducting an investigation, we will need a legal investigation of that also.
Please advise me on how to assist you in requesting the Coshocton County investigation through the Attorney General, and could you kindly answer the questions I have asked. As you can see, I’m confused that this has not moved faster. That requests for investigations and photos of evidence have been lost, employees have promised investigations then quickly left their jobs, imposters have viewed the ballots and slipped through security and made untrue statements to you, an SOS employee who is still employed at the SOS was involved in alleged rigging of your county recount (and I understand you were told of this but no investigation happened), and neither you nor the Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner have taken a leadership position and sought to address the situation. Wow… this is a mess. Do I understand it correctly?
As per ORC 149.43 I request copies of all correspondence in regards to my request for an election fraud investigation for Coshocton Counties 2004 general election and the write-in votes for David Corbett between yourself and any and all staff of the Coshocton County Prosecutor’s office and Sheriff Timothy Rodgers, the Ohio Attorney General and any and all staff, and the Ohio Secretary of State and any and all staff. I request copies of all notes and correspondence from the original reporting by Tim Kettler of the alleged rigging of the recount, including any papers filed. Please send this in paper or electronic format. These requests are severable to speed the processing.
Thank you for your assistance.
Director, The Ohio Election Justice Campaign
CC: Richard Cordray, Ohio Attorney General
Jennifer Brunner, Ohio Secretary of State
Brandi Seskes, Elections Council, SOS
Tim Kettler, OEJC, Coshocton County Resident
Brian Gadd, Coshocton Tribune
Bev Harris, Blackbox Voting
Marian Lupo, OEJC
Marlys Barbee, OEJC
Mike Tigner, OEJC
Victoria Parks, OEJC
Dan Stanton, OEJC
James Nash, Columbus Dispatch
Mark Niquette, Columbus Dispatch
Susan Pynchon, Florida Fair Elections Coalition
David Cobb, Former Green Party Candidate for President of the United States, 2004
John Bonifaz, Esq.
Tim Carpenter, PDA
Mimi Kennedy, PDA
Nancy Tobi, Democracy for New Hampshire
Dan Ashby, Election Defense Alliance
Sally Castleman, Election Defense Alliance
Ian Urbina, New York Times
Greg Palast, BBC
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Columbus Dispatch, 3-26-09
NORTH CANTON, Ohio
Diebold CFO resigns over SEC warning
ATM maker Diebold Inc. said yesterday that its chief financial officer, Kevin
J. Krakora, stepped down after receiving a "Wells notice" from the Securities
and Exchange Commission staff related to a probe of how the company had been
A Wells notice indicates that the agency's enforcement division might
recommend that the SEC take legal action against those receiving it. Recipients
of such a notice can respond to the enforcement division before it makes a
formal recommendation to the SEC.
The company said it thinks the notices are related to issues addressed in
restated financial statements that it had filed.
Diebold Chief Financial Officer Kevin Krakora steps down after
receiving SEC notice
Diebold Inc.'s chief financial officer has stepped down in the wake of a U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into possible violations of
federal securities laws.
Kevin Krakora, 53, who also stepped down as executive vice president, will
remain in a nonfinancial reporting capacity until the matter is resolved,
Diebold said Wednesday in a filing with the SEC.
The SEC's Division of Enforcement notified Krakora on Friday in what is known
as a "Wells notice" that it may recommend that the commission pursue a civil
case against him, the company said.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
By: Paddy Shaffer Director, The Ohio Election Justice Campaign www.electiondefensealliance.org/OEJC
March 10, 2008
Ties from Ohio election officials connect with the unelected administration of Bush and Cheney who smashed the US reputation with an illegal war, the death of thousands of US soldiers and possibly over a half million Iraqis, Gitmo, torture, with bank failures spreading like the plague and the taxpayers left paying for the looting of this nations finances for war profiteering and allowing white collar bank robbing.
Yes, those Ohio county election officials who allegedly rigged Ohio and the Supreme Court Judges who in 2000 appointed Bush some responsibility for the current situation. They did this, and now with millions out of work, retirement and savings decimated, and homeless numbers climbing… it is time for justice for those who rigged our presidential election, which lead to the current depression.
It is important to remember that Ohio had a statewide recount following the 2004 election and that the 2005 challenge to certification of Ohio's electoral votes, led by Boxer (D-CA) and Tubbs Jones (D-OH), was the first time in U.S. history that a state's entire electoral college vote was challenged.
In a statement for why Ohio Secretary of State (SOS) Jennifer Brunner is now running for the US Senate she wrote, Leadership is not about saying "no"; it's about having the humility to listen, the creativity to see opportunities, and the persistence to enact solutions. Many members of the Ohio Election Justice Campaign (OEJC) are still seeking accountability for past election crimes in Ohio, many are the actual witnesses to these crimes. We are not feeling the warmth and potential of the above quote.
Our view is more like that of Harry Markopolis, a citizen investigator of financier Bernard Madoff http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/02/04/cbsnews_investigates/main4776338.shtml .
Harry reported the apparent financial robbing of many investors to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), only to be repeatedly ignored for years, while the robbery continued.
Harry recently testified to congress: http://financialservices.house.gov/markopolos020409.pdf . During Bush's time as the unelected president Representative John Conyers held congressional hearings. Nothing was allowed to be resolved. For years OEJC members have informed not only the SOS of many cases of election fraud, but also the Ohio Attorney General's office, who serves as legal council for Secretary Brunner. But like the SEC, those in power in Ohio, ignore these crimes, adding to our national shame.
Elected in 2006, Brunner campaigned then and now for Senate as a reformer, but lets look at actual events. Federally protected election records retained as evidence in the class action election case, King Lincoln v Blackwell http://moritzlaw.osu.edu/electionlaw/litigation/klbna.php case no. 2:06-cv-745 are destroyed in 58 of Ohio's 88 counties.
Brunner, a former judge, provides excuses for the destruction of evidence and then does not file county 2004 ballot inventories and the letters with excuses for destruction of those records to the court. On August 21, 2007 she tells members of the SOS Voting Rights Institute, including the League of Women Voters and the NAACP that, This information was all turned over to Judge Marbley. We have had no updates from his court as of today.” Yet in early July 2008 wondering why nothing had been done, research by The Ohio Election Justice Campaign (OEJC) proved that the court had never been given those records by the SOS. The plaintiff's attorneys also did not file those documents with the court. Over 1.5 million ballots were destroyed. On July 7, 2008, eight pro se members of the OEJC filed a motion to intervene
and on July 10, 2008 they filed a motion for a special grand jury
for the King Lincoln case. Pro se means that we serve as our own attorneys, and we filed the documents on the destruction of the 2004 records with the court, after the SOS had been in possession of them for over a year. Brunner and her legal council at the Ohio Attorney General's office filed to block our intervention in the King Lincoln case.
The plaintiffs attorneys had also not filed with the court the documents on record destruction. Like the SOS, they are seeking to block our intervention and have additionally asked to have the records stricken. Why? Stricken means removed, the court would then no longer have this critical evidence for the case. The counties admit in their own words to their crimes in those documents. We asked the court to enforce its own order that destruction of those 2004 election records is a fourth degree felony, and they can be held in contempt of court. We asked for an investigation and a report so that is all goes public. Nothing has happened, nothing resolved, we await the court.
Candidate Brunner claims, it's about having the humility to listen, yet she said no to meeting with members of the Ohio Election Justice Campaign, journalists, and several documentary filmmakers to discuss resolving election fraud. Brunner has allowed election officials who committed crimes in 2004 beyond the destruction of records, which have been thoroughly documented by citizens and the information provided to her, to remain uninvestigated and those alleged federal criminals continue to run Ohio elections.
As far as enacting solutions, Brunner had the Ohio Association of Election Officials lobbyist Aaron Ockerman, (whom along with his firm State Street Consultants has lobbied for election vendor's Diebold and ES&S) choose the election officials for the SOS EVEREST study of Ohio's election machines. Most of those chosen officials had destroyed 2004 election records, which is a felony. The Diebold/Premier machines failed the SOS testing, and those who watched the testing were sworn to secrecy until 2017.
Why would we want to not know what they saw? Transparent? The failed Diebold machines are still being used across most of the state. One county to free itself of the bad Diebold machines was Cuyahoga. ES&S technicians rather than election workers ran the new ES&S tabulators for the 2008 primary in Cuyahoga County. Why? Ohio law reads one Democrat and one Republican count the votes. Why would technicians ever run all the tabulators?
Would a Senator Brunner seek accountability and solutions on a national level, when holding even rural Ohio election officials accountable is beyond her, and she hasn't stopped the OEJC documented ongoing destruction of federally protected 2004 election records? OEJC investigation continues of 2004 records, fraud is easily found. On September 19, 2008 I requested an SOS investigation on over 6,800 write-in votes for a Coshocton County sheriff candidate David Corbett in the handwriting of one to several people, affecting each of the counties 43 precincts.
Only the election officials have such access. OEJC member Tim Kettler witnessed the alleged rigging of the recount in 2004. We know there are problems there. I was hopeful when promised by SOS Attorney Brian Green that I would get such an investigation, yet half a year later, nothing has been done, and those same election officials ran another presidential election. I could not even get the SOS office to provide oversight of Coshocton's Board of Elections during the 2008 presidential election. This is one of many investigations the OEJC asked of Brunner.
Having a proven track record that Secretary Brunner will not deal with Ohio's mountains of election problems, it is the OEJC's hope that she will remove her court response to block our intervention in the King Lincoln case, and encourage Judge Algenon Marbley to proceed with the special grand jury we requested, thereby allowing a real federal investigation. Such a move would show leadership in admitting what she is unable or unwilling to do.
In our collective OEJC opinion, SOS Jennifer Brunner is not qualified for US Senate, and without radical change and actually cleaning up election corruption in Ohio, Brunner also isn't qualified for a second term as Ohio SOS. Rather than elevated, she should be impeached.
Additional information on the destruction of Ohio election records: Michael Collins articles:
Part One: http://www.scoop.co.nz:80/stories/HL0710/S00300.htm
Part Two: http://www.scoop.co.nz:80/stories/HL0711/S00161.htm
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Prosecutors Bully Ohio Voters: Ohio Election Justice Campaign Calls for Day of Silence on January 6, 2009
Ohio Election Justice Campaign (OEJC) calls for Day of Silence this Tuesday, January 6, 2009 to commemorate "Boxer Rebellion." Four years ago on this day, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH) led the challenge to the certification of Ohio's votes in the 2004 presidential election, the first time in U.S. history that an entire state's electoral college votes were challenged. An initiative of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Boxer Rebellion was based on widespread electoral problems in Ohio, most unaddressed to this day. Alleged acts of voter intimidation ongoing during the 2008 presidential election include the alleged assault of an election observer in Lucas County, the refusal of Delaware County to permit certain election observers, and Franklin County Board of Election's ongoing practice of referring public record requests to its prosecutor.
Columbus, OH (PRWEB) January 6, 2009 -- The Ohio Election Justice Campaign (OEJC) calls for a Day of Silence this Tuesday, January 6, 2009, to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the "Boxer Rebellion."
This day marks the peaceful legislative challenge to the re-election of George W. Bush on January 6th, 2005. Our silence stands in solidarity with voters around the world whose voices have been extinguished through violence, fear-mongering, and election fraud.
Four years ago, on January 6th, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH) led the challenge to the certification of Ohio's votes in the 2004 presidential election. This was the first time in U.S. history that an entire state's electoral college votes were challenged.
If the challenge had been successful, Bush would have lost the electoral college votes he needed to clinch the election.
Joining Boxer and Jones in the challenge, known as the "Boxer Rebellion," were 30 representatives, including Kucinich (D-OH), Conyers (D-MI), McKinney (D-GA), and civil rights leader John Robert Lewis (D-GA).
An initiative of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Boxer Rebellion was based on widespread electoral problems in Ohio, most unaddressed to this day.
Not only have the election officials allegedly responsible for the acts of voter intimidation, voter suppression, and election fraud in 2004 escaped accountability, many of them still holding office, King-Lincoln, et al. v. Brunner, et al., 2:06 CV 00745 (S.D. Ohio, filed Aug. 31, 2006, Marbley, J.), but also J. Kenneth Blackwell, Ohio's secretary of state in 2004 and state chair of the Bush 2004 re-election campaign, is now a serious contender for chair of the Republican National Committee.
According to Paddy Shaffer, Director of the OEJC, "Although we are grateful for the efforts of thousands of election protection volunteers in Ohio during the 2008 presidential election and the progress made by Ohio Secretary of State Brunner to ensure a fair election for every voter, the OEJC regrets to report ongoing acts of voter intimidation in 2008, which demonstrate that democracy has not yet been restored to Ohio."
As reported by Ms. Shaffer, alleged acts of voter intimidation during the 2008 election include
1. The alleged assault of an elections observer in Lucas County. For the election day interview with this observer, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAKf_SbrMT4 .
2. Under the office of Delaware County prosecutor David Yost, assistant prosecutors Christopher Betts and William Owen denied seven election observers representing a third party access to the polls. Evidence of possible past election fraud was presented to the court to demonstrate the need for observers. Constitutional Party of Ohio v. Delaware County Board of Elections, 08 CV H 10 1462 (Delaware County Common Pleas Court, Ohio, filed Oct. 31, 2008).
Yost was also responsible for attempting to block the 2004 recount in Delaware County, which temporarily blocked the 2004 presidential recount in the entire state while the 2004 results were being certified. Delaware County Prosecuting Attorney, et al. v. National Voting Rights Institute, et al., 2:04 CV 01139 (S.D. Ohio, filed Dec. 29, 2004, Sargus, J.).
3. Franklin County Board of Election's ongoing practice of referring public record requests to its prosecutor, Patrick Piccinni.
In addition, Greene County Board of Elections allegedly threatened to prosecute a voter who took a picture of his own ballot, while Warren County prosecutor Rachel Hutzel still has failed to address the fake level-10 homeland security alert called in Warren County during the 2004 presidential election. http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2004/11/05/loc_warrenvote05.html.
Under Ohio law, the county prosecutor is the legal counsel for the elections board.
Only two Ohio counties to date have had independent counsel appointed for election justice issues: Cuyahoga and Morgan.
The Cuyahoga investigation led to several criminal indictments. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/24/AR2007012401441.html. .
According to Michael Tigner, of the OEJC, the former Morgan County prosecutor, Richard Welch, was allowed to vote, run for office, and hold the office of county prosecutor for six years in that county, although he was allegedly not a resident.
In 2004, Timothy Kettler, now of the OEJC, filed a police report with the Coshocton County Sheriff's Department requesting an investigation into the 2004 presidential recount. Mr. Kettler informed Coshocton County prosecutor Robert Batchelor that he felt the prosecutor was acting in conflict, which may be seen as improper and unethical.
According to Mr. Kettler, his ethical concerns were dismissed by Batchelor as irrational, and Mr. Kettler was told the prosecutor would no longer take his calls, although he had made only two calls. Mr. Kettler said that Prosecutor Batchelor directed him to resolve any issue about the prosecutor's methods of handling the case with the Ohio Supreme Court.
The OEJC has recently uncovered additional evidence of 2004 electoral irregularities on over 6,800 write-in ballots representing every Coshocton County precinct. Although the Ohio Attorney General, by the request of the Ohio Secretary of State, was asked to investigate this possible election fraud, no results are yet available.
Records released pursuant to public records requests demonstrate that Ohio election officials, their organization, the Ohio Association of Election Officials (OAEO), and their lobbyist, Aaron Ockerman of State Street Consultants, were allegedly linked to 2004 election crimes. King-Lincoln, et al. v. Brunner, et al., 2:06 CV 00745 (S.D. Ohio, filed Aug. 31, 2006, Marbley, J.).
The OAEO, which meets in Columbus, Ohio on January 27-29, 2009, has been brought into a case that contained allegations by the Ohio Secretary of State of fraud in the inducement of contracts for voting technology provided by Premier Election Solutions, a subsidiary of Diebold (DBD). Premier Election Solutions, Inc. v. Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, et al., 08 CV 007841 (Franklin County Common Pleas Court, Ohio, filed May 30, 2008).
According to Ms. Shaffer, the OEJC has several public records requests outstanding from the Franklin County Board of Elections, including public records related to the activities of the board during its October 2008 inquisition of young voters for alleged "voter fraud."
For more information or to donate: http://www.electiondefensealliance.org/OEJC
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Saturday, October 4, 2008
Exposing reasons the Ohio Dems Oust Election Reform Pioneer from Leadership Position - Take Action!!!! Please Forward !!
For Immediate Release:
How the Ohio Democratic Party proves it is worthless and complicit in the area of not protecting our elections and maintaining people who care about those elections.
By: Paddy Shaffer
Director, The Ohio Election Justice Campaign
New unfolding ugliness in Ohio... (A message from Susan Truit below this little write up to prepare you for what she will describe).
I would like to remind all of you of some background information before you read about State Senator Teresa Fedor losing her position as Minority Leader, compliments of what appears to be... The Enemy Of We The People. This will allow you to understand why we are not able to resolve the election issues in Ohio. The Democrats are also involved! Face it, it currently takes two parties, and the story is just starting to flow. The party people and the election officials that prefer to protect their club of election officials and protect the surrounding illegal business actions that run our elections, rather than look out for the people need their asses exposed, just like the little girl in the old Coppertone suntan add with the dog tugging on her bathing suit... her ass was hanging out, and now so are theirs.
Bernadette Noe, wife of Tom Noe (now in prison for robbing the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation Fund) is the former Director of the Lucas County Board of Elections. It is pretty bad when even J. Kenneth Blackwell fired her for the problems at that BOE. Bernadette Noe is Chris Redfern's cousin. Chris Redfern is the current Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party, current Ohio State Representative for District 80, and the former Ohio House Minority Leader. http://www.house.state.oh.us/jsps/MemberDetails.jsp?DISTRICT=80
Federal Prisoner Number 26157-018, age 53, White, Male...
Thomas W. Noe, Prison Release date is October 27, 2008.
The Ohio Democrats were having a field day beating up on the Noe's for all their criminal and other problems. "Coingate" http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060402/NEWS24/60402016 is the main title given to this sad sick story, as Tom Noe spent $50 million of BWC dollars on collector coins and beanie babies... and donating heavily $$$ to Republican campaigns. George W. Bush's campaign received over $100,000, and Noe was given the title "A Bush Pioneer."
This money was gathered for the use of injured workers, and their widows and orphans. Chris Redfern told the Ohio Democrats to stop the criticism because Bernadette is his cousin. They did, all except Marc Dann, our current Attorney General. Dann was a champion of the people, forced this needed issue to court, and also rode it as a means into his current office.
Former Ohio Democratic Party (ODP) Chairman Denny White left his downtown office window open and got his computer stolen with all the ODP data. Denny left the job and went to the Deputy Director position at the Franklin County Board of Elections (which is now under investigation, the last guy with that job, Hackett was just convicted of crimes for selling voting machine carts, needed because of HAVA to the BOE. The conviction was just last week). Then the Chairman job at the Ohio Democratic Party opened up.
I assisted Ohio Honest Elections run a public forum for all the candidates for the job. Redfern was the least of the 7 candidates that showed up and planned to work two jobs. All the others planned to focus on the ODP. When the vote came up days later for the ODP job, it was reported to me that Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones entered the room where the voting was to take place, upset. Why, we need to know. (I heard that people were reporting that they had received calls telling them that they must vote for Chris Redfern.) That vote, normally done on a private ballot, was instead done publicly. Each voter had to go public with their choice, and raise their hand for their candidate choice. Chris Redfern won. A fair election? http://www.democrats.org/a/2005/12/ohio_democrats.php
I requested a meeting with Chris Redfern shortly after he took his new job as ODP Chairman, I was a candidate for the US Congress. I attempted to have dialog on what he was going to do about the election mess, which was the driving issue for me as a candidate. He wouldn't touch it, but instead recommended I raised lots of money and wrote thank you cards to donors. When I managed the Green Party Governor Candidate's 2006 Campaign, he blocked my candidate from the Governors debates, telling me "It is my job to get Strickland elected," when I asked him "what about democracy... why are you blocking the Libertarian and Green Party Candidates?"
The cover up for our 2004 and subsequent elections continues. The Attorney General and Secretary of State will not touch the issue. How big does the pile of elephant crap in the room have to be before we admit it is there?
Again,... I am sickened. And the misdeeds continue. Help if you can.
From Susan Truit:
Please WRITE - EMAIL - CALL Ohio Dem Leaders - contact info below
The Ohio Democratic Party has ousted staunch election reform advocate, State Senator Teresa Fedor, from her position as Minority Leader. Senator Fedor was sounding the alarm regarding the unsafe nature of touch screen voting machines (DREs) years before most people had ever heard of them. Her removal as the leader of the Democrats in the Ohio Legislature is a dramatic blow to the election reform movement in Ohio. She has worked tirelessly for years for election reform, first as a State Representative and then as a State Senator.
Among other things, Senator Fedor spearheaded the 2004 Joint Committee on Ballot Security, which, with the help of CASE Ohio members, prevented the purchase of any new DREs in Ohio prior to the 2004 election. She invited many computer experts, and others, to testify before the Committee, educating not only the legislature, but also the public, about the dangers of DREs. She introduced and passed the Bill requiring paper on any voting machine. But she has not stopped there - she has continued to advocate for voting rights and voting reform for years.
She was also instrumental in exposing the Thomas Noe scandal in Lucas County - (see
http://downwithtyranny.blogspot.com/2005/10/noe-indicted-for-helping-steal-2004.html ), and the scandal of Congressman Bob Ney, who, unfortunately, pushed through HAVA (Help America Vote Act) before he was embroiled in his scandel.
Who is behind her removal from power and why? Who expressly and tacitly approved it?
Why, with only months to go before a Presidential election, have the Dems removed from a leadership position the one Legislator who has devoted herself to election reform?!? Especially in the key state of Ohio?
Is this move driven by those who do not buy in to the grave nature of the election system in Ohio, and in the entire U.S.? Is it more insidious than that? This move clearly indicates that there are Ohio Democrats in key leadership positions who are unaware of the dire situation regarding the unreliable, unverifiable, and untrustworthy DREs. To oust Senator Fedor as a party leader, after her years of devotion and unflagging work, is an abomination.
Who will lead the election reform charge, now?
Write, email, and call the Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party, Chris Redfern, and ask him:
77 S. High St
Columbus, OH 43215-6111
Telephone: (614) 644-6011
Fax : (614) 719-6980
Email Address: email@example.com
Write, email, and call the Chief Legal Counsel for the Governor, Kent Markus, who also serves as the Chief of State-Legislative Relations, and ask him:
Office of Governor Ted Strickland
77 South High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215-6117
EVEN IF YOU DO NOT LIVE IN OHIO - IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ELECTION REFORM, Call, Email, and Write them now and demand some answers about why Senator Fedor has been punished for her years of exemplary service to the State of Ohio and to the issue of election reform.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Ohio Election Justice Campaign
Elections Council, Ohio Secretary of State
180 East Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
August 27, 2008
Dear Brian Green,
I understand that in 2004 international election observers wanted to come to Ohio for the General Election. It is also my understanding that former Ohio Secretary of State (SOS), J. Kenneth Blackwell and/or his staff denied them access.
Do I understand this correctly?
As per ORC 149.43 I request any and all paper and electronic records from 2004 in regards to international election observers wanting access to Ohio's elections. I additionally request any and all paper and electronic records from 2004 in regards to the replies and communication from J. Kenneth Blackwell and any and all staff members replying to the requests to have international election observers. Also, if you are able to locate the interoffice communications of the former SOS and any and all staff as they discussed and made decisions about the issue of international observers wanting access to Ohio's general election in 2004.
To bring this matter to this current year of 2008 and our upcoming general election, I request any and all communication regarding having international election observers this year, for November 4, 2008. This is to include but not be limited to the international election observer's requests and all correspondence in reply, including the interoffice communications discussing international election observers this year. I am assuming that a request has been made for such international election observers this year. If that has not taken place, or not taken place yet, please just tell me.
Please send this in electronic format if possible, if not, paper will be fine. These requests are severable if need be to speed up the reply process.
Thank you for your assistance,
Director, The Ohio Election Justice Campaign
CC: Victoria Parks, OEJC
Bev Harris, Blackbox Voting
Tim Kettler, OEJC, Candidate Ohio Senate
Dan Stanton, OEJC