3. Observers of the vote tabulation were forced to leave, and were told that there was a national security alert, which proved to be a lie, and after the observers left the tabulation continued.
4. The state's tabulating computer that showed Bush 48% and Kerry 51% "crashed" and when it "came up again" the tallies were reversed so that Bush had 51% and Kerry had 48%.
Ohio was not the only state with problems in 2004.
Let's sum this up.
-A wide variety of tactics has been used to prevent voters from voting.
-It appears that computers were used to manipulate votes and tallies, but no investigations have ever been done by any authorities.
2. What might happen this November?
Already we have voter registrations disappearing in many states. We have lies about our candidates being repeated over and over in the major media, even after the lies have been refuted. I think we can expect that all the tactics used in the past will be used again, plus more.
Here's what we don't know.
-Are Democrats prepared to counteract the dirty tricks this time?
-Are we citizens and voters prepared to counteract the dirty tricks?
-Are we citizens and voters committed to being part of the election process--as election workers, observers, volunteers conducting exit polls? We especially need observers who will call in the lawyers and media when problems happen on election day, and citizens with cameras who can film the disputes.
3. What Can Citizens Do?