Three key ways YOU can help protect the 2008 election
1) BEFORE THE ELECTION:REGISTER PEOPLE TO VOTE,CONFIRM THEIR REGISTRATIONS, AND HELP THEM GET PHOTO ID.2)ON ELECTION DAY:BE A POLL WORKER.3) AFTER THE POLLS CLOSE: BE A VOTE COUNT OBSERVER.
We cannot guarantee success. But we have already seen what can happen when elections are stolen. And we doubt the nation can survive it happening again.
Friday, May 2, 2008(5 comments)
Did the US Supreme Court just elect John McCain?
Thus the GOP hope that millions of Americans will be voting on hackable computers this November, and that millions more may be eliminated from the rolls altogether, seems very close to fruition. Whether this will swing the election to John McCain remains to be seen. But this Supreme Court decision allowing the demand for photo ID makes it much more likely.
Sunday, March 9, 2008(1 comments)
Did Republicans give Hillary her victory in Ohio?
This fall it is virtually certain that OH will once again play a key role in choosing the next president.Except for JFK in 1960,no candidate has won the presidency without carrying the Buckeye State since the 1840s.This spring,the Buckeye State has also played a critical part in the race for the Democratic nomination. And it would appear that Ohio Repubs and independents who generally vote R were key in handling the state to H
Friday, March 7, 2008
Ohio's Primary and Election Reform - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The improvements in Franklin County's election can be attributed to the
relentless efforts of the election protection movement and new policies
drafted by SoS Brunner's office.Controversial Franklin County Board of Elections Dir. Matt Damschroder was forced out by Brunner two days before the primary. Damschroder openly defied Brunner's
directives,particularly one mandating that voters be allowed to vote on paper.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008(3 comments)
Bob & Harvey's 3-Step "Ohio Plan" for fair and reliable voting and vote counts
These three simple,practical steps could revolutionize our democratic process and restore control of our government to the people.Which is precisely why we expect the mainstream media,voting machine manufacturers and major parties to heap scorn on them.We have not addressed the problem of money in politics,proportional voting, or the corporate media's undemocratic domination of the campaign process.We must start somewhere.
Friday, December 14, 2007(4 comments)
Ohio Secretary of State confirms 2004 election could have been stolen
Brunner is calling for widespread changes to the way Ohio casts and counts its ballots.Her announcement follows moves by CA SoS Bowen to disqualify electronic voting machines in the nation's biggest state.In tandem,these 2 reports add a critical state-based dimension to the growing mountain of evidence that the US electoral system is rife with insecurities.Brennan Center,GAO,Conyers & others have[come]to the same conclusion.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
50 ways to reform Ohio elections
EDITORIAL: The Columbus Free Press and freepress.org editorial board endorses the following reforms to ensure safe, secure and democratic elections in Ohio in 2008 and beyond.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007(2 comments)
Shock, awe and Antioch: The Bush administration's attack on progressive education
Mysteries still surround Antioch's rapid and poorly explained closing.The role of a Thurmond/Moon-connected PR firm and three trustees tied to the U.S. military and security industrial complexes must be heavily scrutinized. Antioch alumni should be ashamed to allow their college to die until they get to the bottom of this spooky mystery.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Columbus Dispatch endorses untested hackable computer voting machines
The Columbus Dispatch is out to make Ohio safe for easily hacked and illegally manipulated computer voting machines.Using the disgusting tactics pioneered by the tobacco, nuclear and Big Oil companies,the Dispatch has endorsed a position where compromised vendors who work for the secretive voting machine manufacturers are unbiased and independent academics who come to informed, factually-based opinions, are biased.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Why doesn't the GOP want Ohio's voting machines tested?
in attempting to carry out her promise to test Ohio's electronic
voting machines,Brunner has followed through on public demands that
the ability of OH's electronic machines to deliver a fair and
reliable vote count be proven.Apparently,the Ohio GOP is not anxious to have a state study add to
such conclusions.At a Monday hearing, State Sen Stivers(R-Columbus) attempted to table her request before she was allowed to speak...
Thursday, August 2, 2007(1 comments)
The criminal cover-up of Ohio's stolen 2004 election sinks to the fraudulent, the absurd, the pathetic
America has been robbed of its history here.The public has a right to know the true outcome of the 2004 election,and to have its laws about preservation of critical records honored.Under evidence laws, the destruction of material that serves as evidence in a lawsuit is presumed to be fraudulent action by the destroyer.[This contempt of the law] seems yet another obvious confirmation that it was, in fact, stolen.
Monday, July 30, 2007
Sausage making and electronic voting machines
While the Magistrate found by clear and convincing evidence that there were election "irregularities,"he failed to order a new election in part because electronic voting creates a classic Catch-22.Because of the non-transparency of the computer black boxes we vote on,you can never really prove with "clear and convincing evidence" who won.That now seems to be the case for Carol Squire-and for the majority of counties in Ohio 04
Monday, July 30, 2007
Part II- Squire v. Geer:Facts the Magistrate left out are even more shocking than the ones he included
The facts the Magistrate ignored in the court record are the most damning toward touchscreen voting machines.Much of this reaches the legal standard for criminal election or vote tampering.An uncertified system that was incapable of being audited produced unexpected election results. And the Board of Elections officials responsible for ensuring free, fair and unbiased elections failed to safeguard the peoples votes.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
The Lethal Media Silence on Kent State
The 1970 killings by National Guardsmen of four students during a peaceful anti-war demonstration at Kent State University have now been shown to be cold-blooded, premeditated official murder. But the definitive proof of this monumental historic reality is not, apparently, worthy of significant analysis or comment in today's mainstream media.
Friday, May 18, 2007
Will Al Gore face his inconvenient truths about our stolen elections?
When will Gore muster the courage of former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James Baker in denouncing the role of voting machine proprietors and techno "insiders" in corrupting the voting process? Most of all, we need to hear how Al Gore and the Democratic Party plan to guarantee it never happens again. And then we need to see them actually act on it.
Saturday, May 12, 2007(1 comments)
The Globalization of Electronic Election Theft
The recent trend to privatizing vote counts, with corporations claiming "proprietary rights" to keep their hardware and software covert, has added a new dimension to an old tradition. The recent "e-victories" in the US and France have significantly tipped to the right the global balance among the major powers. So while Ohio and California conduct their studies of electronic voting, the whole world will be watching.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007(3 comments)
Are Rove's missing e-mails the smoking guns of the stolen 2004 election?
But there remains another avenue by which the real outcome of Ohio 2004 could be discovered. Longstanding federal law protected Ohio's ballots and other election documentation prior to September 3, 2006. Blackwell gave clear orders that these crucial records were to be destroyed on that date. (A)n exhaustive recount could show who really did win the presidential election of 2004.
Monday, April 23, 2007(1 comments)
The GOP's cyber election hit squad
The highest ranks of the Republican Party's political wing, including White House counselor Karl Rove, a handful of the party's most tech-savvy computer gurus and the former Republican Ohio Secretary of State, created, owned and operated the vote-counting system that reported George W. Bush's re-election to the presidency.Public vote counts on private, partisan servers&secret proprietary software have no place in a democracy.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007(5 comments)
Bye Bye to Cleveland GOP Election Chair Bob "Ballots for Bush" Bennett
Meanwhile, new evidence is emerging that Karl Rove and the GOP had real-time computer access to both the actual vote numbers in Ohio as well as the exit polling data that would have allowed them to direct how many votes they needed from the suspect Ohio southwestern Republican counties that gave Bush his official margin of victory in the 2004 election. Stay tuned.
Thursday, April 5, 2007(1 comments)
Two Big Victories Boost Ohio's Election Protection Movement
In a victory for election protection activists, Ohio's powerful GOP Chair Bob Bennett will be forced to face a public hearing on his removal as Chair of the Cuyahoga Board of Elections. And in a second triumph,Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner has agreed, as part of a legal settlement,to take possession of the ballots and other key documents from the disputed 2004 election that gave George W. Bush a second term...
Monday, March 26, 2007(2 comments)
New Ohio evidence exposes apparently illegal 2004 recount activity by Hocking Co. GOP Election Director
The aggressive nature of Brunner's complaints against the Cuyahoga BOE indicate Ohio's Secretary of State seems set on guaranteeing that what has happened in Ohio's recent elections will not happen again in '08.Given the mountain of evidence surrounding the chaos that has recently defined the electoral process in Cleveland,these hearings promise to be explosive-especially with the surfacing of a memo in yet another Ohio county
After Ohio's recount rigging convictions in Cuyahoga, is Coshocton County next?
Repub County Prosecutor Batchelor is stonewalling efforts to investigate well-documented charges in Coshocton County, OH.Testimony and eyewitness reports document similar activity in several Ohio counties regarding the illegal rigging of the '04 recount.Kettler:"My purpose in pursuing this to the bloody end is accountability,reform and the people who perpetrated these misdeeds are still running our elections. Unacceptable!"
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Ohio's spreading stolen 2004 election scandal claims another victim
Hired in 2003 with the support of the Democratic Party,Vu was in charge of administering the electoral process in Ohio's biggest county.Centered in Cleveland,Cuyahoga County regularly gives huge majorities to Democratic candidates,and was expected to help put Kerry into the White House in 2004.But as chaos ensued on election day,long lines,malfunctioning machines,suspiciously low turnouts in inner city precincts,lost ballots &
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Missing Votes in Ohio Call Races Into Question
While Democratic Party supporters celebrate their success in Ohio,where their statewide candidates won four out of five executive offices and they now control both the U.S. House and Senate, they are ignoring massive and verifiable irregularities in the 2006 election. Similar irregularities including missing votes, undervotes and overvotes may come back to haunt the Democrats in the 2008 general election.
The Pryce of Democracy in Ohio's 15th Congressional District
There is still indication that a truly random recount along with other revelations uncovered by the Free Press team could result in a Kilroy victory.To her credit,Kilroy has refused to concede. There is ample indication that she was, in fact, the rightful winner. Let's hope she searches out every possible avenue and makes absolutely certain every vote is properly counted before a final verdict is reached in this crucial race.
Wednesday, November 8, 2006
STOP Blackwell, what's that sign: Everyone look what's going down
But the reaction of the GOP has been to decimate the exit polls. This year, for the first time, exit poll results will not be published, or made accessible to the general media. Instead, exit poll data will be held in locked vaults. Access by the media will be strictly limited. There will be no publication of the exit polls until they are "adjusted" to match the official vote counts.
Wednesday, November 8, 2006(1 comments)
A Monumental Victory for the Election Protection Movement
A return to paper ballots is the bottom line.The color-coded, multi-shaped Swiss sequencing ballots would work perfectly fine here in the U.S.,and would save the nation billions of dollars,as well as the hard uncertainty that surrounds our electoral process.But however we cut it, there has been a sea change in the election process.As Americans,we have too long taken for granted the right to vote and have our votes counted...
Friday, November 3, 2006
The power of a social movement can beat the GOP double chickenhawks
Election protection remains the wellspring from which all future social movements will flow.So far,we have won the preservation of the ballots from both Florida 2000 and Ohio 2004.In New Mexico and Maryland, a Democratic and a Republican governor respectively are calling for a return to paper ballots.In Ohio and throughout the US,citizen lawsuits are forcing concessions on voter ID, ballot access & critical democratic issues..