It didn't matter that poll workers took Diebolds home for days at a time unsupervised; it didn't matter that 50% of the ballots were misallocated in nonsensical precincts (74,000 ballots); it didn't matter that a recount had been requested but priced at six times the rate of neighboring Orange County; and it didn't matter that the ballots were counted in secret. All that mattered was that the Speaker spoke.
And a special for California residents, according to the congressional Digest for June 13, Speaker Hastert swore in Republican Brian Bilbray only after receiving notice that Bilbray was "elected in Congress" from the California Secretary of State's office.
Democracy was denied but the truth was told. There is a very low regard for elections and voters when the convenience of the ruling party is at stake. I hope you spread the word by getting this article out. Click on "Print" at the main "Scoop" link or use this version where the links are clearly marked.
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Democracy Denied: Meet the New Boss
Thursday, 31 August 2006, 10:28 am
Opinion: Michael Collins
Pre-Certification Swearing in by Hastert
Terminates All State Legal Authority Over Elections
The People's House is now the Speaker's House.
"If they can do that, they can do anything. Why even have an election? They could just swear in whoever they want because the election need not be final."
- Paul Lehto, Attorney for Plaintiffs Aug. 25, 2006
By Michael Collins
Scoop Independent News
Parts 1 & 2 of this "Scoop" Exclusive
San Diego Superior Court Judge Yuri Hofmann rendered his decision in the election challenge in California's 50th Congressional District. He dismissed the request for a recount and for discovery of the facts of the Busby-Bilbray election stating specifically that "Once the House asserts exclusive jurisdiction and selects a candidate, the court no longer has jurisdiction" (emphasis added). The judge argued that the June 13 swearing in alone was sufficient to establish Bilbray's election. The event had the power to take away any and all citizen rights and immediately rescind authority over their own elections.
Requests for a recount resulting from major problems with the election were deemed insufficient and the rights of voters to due process were cast aside in deference to Speaker Hastert or any future Speaker. The induction of Republican Bilbray was just seven days after the election and a full 17 days before the election was officially certified by the San Diego Registrar.
The plaintiffs lost their suit for an election contest and recount in this one congressional district. However, by bringing suit, they achieved an outcome that clearly proves the arguments expressed across the political spectrum from conservative legal scholar Bruce Fein to former Vice President Al Gore. In unambiguous terms, they and others decry the rapid descent of the United States into a state of tyranny which only affirms our long nightmare for democracy. Politicians can now manipulate, alter, and nullify elections if those politicians are the Speaker of the House or capable of influencing the Speaker. Arbitrary, centralized rule starts with the control of vote counting. It is now clear who controls vote counting and it is not the citizens of the United States of America. The People's House is now the Speaker's House.
Speaker Dennis Hastert swore in Republican Brian Bilbray even though there were requests for a recount and numerous public protests about the legitimacy of the outcome. According to the San Diego Registrar of Voters, as of June 15th, there were in fact still 2,500 votes to be counted. Evidence reportedly captured from the Registrar's internet site indicates that on June 13, induction day, there were 12,500 votes uncounted. The San Diego Registrar did not officially certify this election until June 30th. Even when the election was certified, nearly 50% of the votes had not been assigned to the appropriate precincts.
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