Third parties raising funds for vote recount
By Ken Hoop
If it ain’t over till the fat lady sings, why did
John Kerry sing like a canary election night? Or has he quietly told Jesse
Jackson he was off-key and wants a chance to sing a different tune? Jackson
blitzed Ohio from Nov. 28 to Nov. 29 with the demand that this last bastion of
Democratic hope to salvage the presidency recount the results and examine
sundry evidences of vote fraud.
In so doing, Jackson complemented the already
ongoing move on the part of the Green Party and the Libertarian Party for such
a recount—a gambit that cost forces working with Green Party presidential
candidate David Cobb and Libertarian Party presidential candidate Michael
Badnarik some $160,000.
Dissident Greens and Libertarians second-guessed
the strategy, but restive Ohio voters hint that even if the victory is not
overthrown, the reputation of the two-party system could be severely damaged.
All of which serves the interests of a multi-party America giving its citizens
for once a true choice in the near future.
While Green central committee official Rich Steven
son suspects provisional ballots were discarded in thousands, Libertarian
chairman John Butler asserts that provisional balloting itself “opens the door
to fraud.” Butler says he is motivated by the ultimate goal of forcing the
duopoly to liberalize ballot access laws.
But both agree the Democratic hierarchy just might
allow discrepancies to be swept under the rug of “one Skull and Bonesman
conceding to another. What can be expected from a system where 85 percent of
the electorate assert independence from two party loyalties but only
Republicans and Democrats work at election boards?” asks Stevenson.
Anomalies abound in Ohio.
Reports of shortages of voting machines in
Democratic districts purposely curtailed by a corrupt GOP. Long waiting lines
leading to droves of voters throwing in the towel in such precincts. And in
Warren County, there was a “lockout” on election night where only GOP workers
were left in control, due to a claimed “terrorist threat”—since repudiated by the
Exit polls showing a clear Kerry victory were
examined by national expert, professor Steven Freeman of the University of
Pennsylvania whose 11-page treatise is at a loss to explain the discrepancies
but does refute those proffered by the established GOP mavens.
In Hamilton County, where Cincinnati is located,
Democratic chairman Tim Burke represents the donkey hierarchy in his cautious
response. He admits many, mainly urban Kerry volunteers, are distressed and
suspicious of the outcome.
The rhymin’ reverend, however, was less
“We can live with losing an election,” said
Jackson. “We can’t live with fraud and stealing.”
Jackson demands that Bush-Cheney campaign chairman
and Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell step aside from his erstwhile
duties to oversee the recount. Blackwell is the fox guarding the chicken house,
“Experts must be given full access to electronic
voting machines that leave no paper trail,” said Jackson.
Researcher Bob Fitrakis, on the news web site
opednews.com, reports: “Kerry’s margins in 37 of 88 Ohio counties are
suspiciously low when compared to those gained by Judge Ellen Connally, an
unsuccessful Democratic Supreme Court candidate.”
These calculations focus on standardized
countywide ratios between bottom-of-the-ticket tallies won by Connally vs.
those won by Kerry in heavily Republican rural counties.
According to a wide range of experts, there
appears to be a “systematic removal of Kerry votes by hackers, who then
overlooked the Connally votes.”
“Could a vastly underfunded African-American
female candidate at the bottom of the ticket outpoll Kerry in Butler County?”
And why, other analysts ask, did George W. Bush
receive 4,258 votes in the Franklin County precinct of Gahanna—where only 628
Hamilton County Democratic Chairman Burke, who was
faced with these and other anomalies, was asked if he helped the Greens and
Libertarians with their price tag of $160,000 for the recount.
“We don’t have that kind of money,” Burke replied.
“But we do support it.”
Skull and Bonesman Kerry hasn’t retracted his
concession at press time.
The unruffleable Burke was also queried about
Diebold CEO Wally O’Dell’s pre-election boast that “we’ll do anything to ensure
a Bush victory in Ohio.”
Diebold is a leading supplier of voting machines.
In perhaps the quintessential understatement of
election 2004, Burke commented, “With all the paranoia out there, it was sure a
stupid thing to say.”
The paranoia has developed with no help from
corporate-owned local media. As alternative reporter Katie Lynn, of denver.org,
remarks: “It is inconceivable that our local newspapers front-page election
fraud in Ukraine while ignoring [domestic] reports of malfunctioning voting
machines, fraudulent election results, inconsistent numbers of voter
registrations vs. vote totals in Ohio, along with credible university studies
showing statistical impossibilities in election results.”