Ohio Voting Bombshell
Legitimacy of Ohio Vote Recount Called Into Question After Probe
By Ken Hoop
After several weeks of utilizing Ohio election
laws to demand a recount, Third Party presidential candidates David Cobb of the
Green Party and Libertarian Michael Badnarik have achieved their first tangible
success. Two stunning affidavits recently filed have made it virtually
impossible for GOP Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell to tidily sabotage
the recount process.
Truthout.org, the congressional offices of Rep.
John Conyers (D-Mich.), and other sources have web site postings of the
affidavits of Sherole Eaton, deputy director of the Board of Elections in
Hocking County, and of Evelyn Roberson, a participant in the Greene County
Cobb first alerted Conyers to these affidavits in
congressional hearings held in Columbus, Ohio, Dec. 13. Conyers then sent
letters to FBI special agent in charge of Ohio, Kevin R. Brock, and the Hocking
County prosecutor, Larry Beal, on Dec. 15.
Conyers letter states:
As part of the Democratic staff’s investigation
into irregularities in the 2004 election I have learned that Sherole Eaton, a
deputy director of the Board of Elections in Hocking County, Ohio has first
hand knowledge of inappropriate and likely illegal election tampering in the
Ohio presidential election in violation of federal and state law. . . . Similar
actions may be occurring in other counties in Ohio. I am therefore asking that
you immediately investigate this alleged misconduct and consider immediate
impoundment of election machinery to prevent any further tampering.
Conyers then points out that Ms. Eaton asserts
that on Dec. 10 Michael Barbian Jr., a representative of Triad GSI,
unilaterally obtained access to Hocking County voting machines and records. He
proceeded to “modify the computer tabulator, learn which precinct was planned
to be the subject of the initial test recount and made further alterations
based on that information and advised the election officials how to manipulate
the machinery so that the preliminary hand recount matched the machine count.”
Ms. Eaton first relayed this information to Green
Party representatives and then completed, signed and notarized an affidavit
describing this course of events.
The affidavit of Ms. Eaton claims technician
Barbian also explained how to post a “cheat sheet” on the wall so that only
Hocking County workers would know what it meant, so that those conducting the
hand “recount” of the pre-ordained precinct could make the final results
correspond with the published computer count.
This shows that vote fraud gumshoes like the
Collier brothers, the authors of the book Votescam: The Stealing of America,
and Jim Condit Jr., of votefraud.org, were correct in charging that hand
recounts of a pre-designated small fraction of ballots are meaningless because
those precincts must be selected weeks in advance, removing the element of
Votecobb.org charges that officials in many
counties know which precincts are slated for recount well in advance. Board of
Election officials and their vendors can ensure any recount matches initially
Both affidavits swear that one private company,
Triad, services the computerized systems in these two counties, confirming
Christopher Bollyn’s AFP reports of several weeks past.
The Dec. 15 New York Times carries a Tom
Zeller story stating, “Among other things, Ms. Eaton says in her affidavit that
a representative of Triad Governmental Systems, the Ohio firm that created and
maintains the vote-counting software in dozens of Ohio counties, made several
adjustments to the Hocking County tabulator last Friday in advance of the
Triad in fact is utilized in 43 of 88 Ohio
Election officials in 99 percent of the 3,100-plus
counties in the United States use private companies—Triad, Diebold Election
System and Software (ESS) and Sequoia, and a few other minor players. These
corporations maintain that their software is proprietary and the courts have
allowed these companies to keep their software secret from the public.
What makes this so disturbing was highlighted by
veteran reporter Ronnie Dugger in the August 2004 Nation magazine: “On
Nov. 2, millions of Americans will cast their votes for president in
computerized voting systems that can be rigged by corporate or local election
insiders. Five out of every six [American voters] will consign their votes into
computers that unidentified programmers, working in the main for four private
corporations and the officials of 10,500 election jurisdictions could program
to invisibly falsify the outcomes.”
As the Colliers noted in Votescam, the
computers that spoke in November 1988 held in their inner workings small boxes
that contained secret codes that only the sellers of the computers could read.
The programs were regarded as “trade secrets.”
The sellers of the vote-counting software
zealously guarded their programs from everyone on the dubious grounds that
“competitors could steal their ideas if the source codes were open to
In his letter to the FBI and Hocking County
prosecutor, Conyers stated that the actions of the Triad technician appeared to
violate several Ohio laws, including one that requires that during a period of
canvassing (recount), all interaction regarding ballots must happen in the
presence of all relevant officials in that county.
To compound Triad’s problems, Ohio Secretary of
State Blackwell issued instructions on Friday Dec. 10 that the state was in a
period of canvassing and at least one Democrat and one Republican should be
present for any phase of the recount.
Lawyers working with the Green and Libertarian
candidates have added “election tampering” to the civil suit filed against the
state of Ohio, AFP has learned.