After an initial report that letters were sent out to many Ohio voters, particularly in Democratic voting areas, questions have been raised as to whether inappropriate voter purging, particularly of young, student voters and apartment dwelling, city African American voters occurred.
Two days ago, OpEdNews reported in an article,Ohio Lawsuit to Reinstate hundreds of thousands of Purged Democratic Voters to be Filed Fri or Monday that Robert Fitrakis intended to file a suit blocking inappropriate purges of young or minority voters. One blogger posted a diary disputing the voter roll purge on dailykos. The article was titled No truth to Ohio "purge" letters
The diarist, in the opinion of some readers, suggested that things were all safe and comfy, perhaps persuading some to let their guard down. The title along suggested factual proof, when all the diarist reported was failure to find evidence.
OpEdNews received calls and emails from a number of people.
Some said that they'd heard the whole story of voter purging in Ohio was false.
Others wrote or said in phone calls that Markos Moulitsas and the Dailykos site are reputed to oppose discussion of the theft of the 2000 and 2004 elections, vote theft and risks of vote problems in the 2006 elections.
Others reported that the Democratic leadership wanted to downplay discussions of threats to the vote because they feared it would discourage a strong voter turnout. Most of these people disagreed, saying people have the right to know the truth.
Just to clear things up, my first conversation with Bob Fitrakis was about the report of purging and letters sent out that the senders didn't want recipients to answer.
Early in our Wednesday evening conversation, I asked him, referring to the report of Blackwell's vote purging, "What do you know about what's been reported on Kos and by Hartmann?"
He replied: "It's very similar to the stuff we reported after '04. We've already reported that they had purged half a million voters in the major democratic cities-- Cincinatti, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo since the 2000 elections and this is the same pattern."
This was not a conversation about other problems. It was a discussion directly in response to the original posting, linked to above, on dkos.
But, in response to the counter-claiming diary mentioned above, I called Fitrakis to follow up. I asked if he had any problem with my first article and he replied that he did NOT. Then he started telling what he was up to and what he was doing.
He has had a ton of experience with the multitude of assaults on vote integrity in OHio, so he knows how to "play the Game," fighting back and making sure the vote and voter rights are protected.
I asked him if he agreed that there was "no truth to the Ohio Purge Letters."
He replied, "WE are not satisfied at this moment that this purging did not occur.
WE don't know yet."
Since we last spoke Fitrakis reports he has seen or had read to him letters from two different counties.