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Voters tell lawmakers: Count all the ballots    Story Here  Archive
Kerra L. Bolton Asheville Citizen-Times 07 January 2005
But some voters, like Guyene Florence, 60, of Asheville, aren't sure their ballots do get tallied, and they urged a special legislative committee Friday to make changes.

Counting every vote    Story Here  Archive
Cameron Kerry Boston Globe 06 January 2005
SO NOW the votes in Ohio have been recounted, and it's time for Congress to tally the Electoral College. But while the election is over, a fight goes on to protect everyone's right to vote and make sure every vote is counted.

Low-tech voting systems may be best, after all    Story Here  Archive
Opinion Boulder Daily Camera 06 January 2006
Ah, the humble fork: Here is an instrument so simple and effective that its essential design has not been altered, or needed alteration, since it first appeared in the Middle East around 1000 A.D. It's a triumph of the most basic engineering.

GOP: King Co. ballots invalid    Story Here  Archive
BRAD SHANNON THE OLYMPIAN 06 January 2005
State Republicans attempted Wednesday to buttress their case for a new election, claiming that ballot-handling errors in King County allowed hundreds or thousands of provisional ballots to be counted before they were validated in the Nov. 2 election. State Republican Party Chairman Chris Vance said election workers directly fed some provisional ballots given at poll sites to people who show up at the wrong precinct into poll site counting machines. He said an election worker reported witnessing 300 such ballots being fed into machines during vote counting in King County.

Congress should investigate elections    Story Here  Archive
KAI STINCHCOMBE The Stanford Daily 06 January 2005
I think Bush won Ohio in this year?s 2004 election. I would even say I?m pretty sure. But given our country?s current electoral system, it?s impossible for anyone to say he?s positive.

Keeping our democracy alive. Did voters really count in U.S. election?    Story Here  Archive
Steve Freeman Opinion San Francisco Chronicle 06 January 2005
In three national elections over the past 13 months, the official count was sharply at odds with an independent national exit poll. As in the former Soviet republics of Georgia and Ukraine, U.S. exit polls projected a clear victory for the challenger. John Kerry was projected to win the national popular vote by a 2 percent to 3 percent margin and was ahead in nearly every closely contested state. Of course, the official counts, as in the other nations, showed an almost mirror image victory for the incumbent party candidate.

Dems Should Object Today    Story Here  Archive
John Nichols The Nation 06 January 2005
American elections never play out perfectly. But the dramatic imperfections in the 2004 presidential election in Ohio, as detailed in a new report (see below) circulated by Representative John Conyers (news, bio, voting record) Jr., D-Michigan, deserve a more serious response than they received from the majority of Congressional Democrats. When Ohioans began to raise concerns about troublesome irregularities in the approach of Republican Secretary of State Ken Blackwell a Bush campaign apparatchik to conducting the November 2 election and counting the votes in the contest that ultimately decided the race between Bush and Democrat John Kerry (news - web sites), they initially got more encouragement from Greens and Libertarians than from national Democrats. But Conyers, the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee (news - web sites), took the complaints seriously enough to go to Ohio. There, he and minority staffers for the Judiciary Committee conducted hearings and investigations that cut through the hyperbole and got down to two basic conclusions: first, voting and vote counting procedures in Ohio were so flawed that they created circumstances where citizens were disenfranchised and, second, that legitimate questions about the problems with the Ohio election had not been resolved at the point when the state's electoral votes were cast for Bush. Accordingly, Conyers has announced that he will object to the certification of the results from Ohio when Congress is scheduled to review and approve Electoral College (news - web sites) votes this afternoon.

Democracy at Risk: The Road Forward After Two Dubious Elections    Story Here  Archive
Press Release The American Prospect Magazine 06 January 2005
WASHINGTON January 6 Even after the supposed reforms enacted to remedy the 2000 electoral fiasco, many voters expressed doubts that their votes would be counted in 2004. Though not the total debacle widely expected, in many ways the 2004 election confirmed voters? fears. A special report in the January issue of the The American Prospect highlights the problems faced by our democracy during the 2004 election. The report was published with the support and contributions of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, JEHT Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and Demos: A Network for Ideas and Action.

Clerks in a bind over voting machines    Story Here  Archive
DARRYL NEWMAN, Los Alamos Monitor 06 January 2005
Because the voting machines used in elections on the Hill are unlike most others in the state, Los Alamos County is not facing the same predicament as other counties.

Greens to Dem Senators: Don't Certify the 2004 Election!    Story Here  Archive
Press Release Green Party USA 06 January 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C. Green Party leaders, citing Election Day and Ohio recount irregularities, challenged Democrats in the U.S. Senate to stand up in support of House members who register objections when Congress convenes on Thursday, January 6, to certify the 2004 presidential election results.

Democrats to force debate on Ohio election results    Story Here  Archive
ALAN FRAM Associated Press 06 January 2005
WASHINGTON - A small group of Democrats agreed Thursday to force House and Senate debates on Election Day problems in Ohio before letting Congress certify President Bush's win over Sen. John Kerry in November.

Congresswoman Tubbs Jones to Object to Certification of Ohio Electoral Votes    Story Here  Archive
Press Release Office of Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones 06 January 2005
WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ Today, Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones will enter a formal objection to the certification of the State of Ohio's Electoral Votes. She issued this statement:

Clerks Told To Use Paper Ballots for Early School Voting    Story Here  Archive
Deborah Baker Associated Press 06 January 2005
SANTA FE   ?   County clerks have been told to use paper ballots for early voting in upcoming school district elections while officials determine whether voting machines from the general election can be freed up.

One Proposal for Electoral College Reform...    Story Here  Archive
Bruno Racineux The Simon Jan 6, 2005
Finally, I have been watching a U.S. Presidential Election from the inside for the first time.

Boxer's Objection To The Certification Of Ohio's Electoral Votes    Story Here  Archive
Senator Barbara Boxer 06 January 2005
For most of us in the Senate and the House, we have spent our lives fighting for things we believe in - always fighting to make our nation better.

Eugene activists challenge election    Story Here  Archive
Susan Palmer Eugene Register-Guard 06 January 2005
For a handful of Eugene activists, the election isn't over yet.

Democrats Force Debate on Ohio Election Problems    Story Here

Democrats Force Debate on Ohio Election Problems
By BRIAN KNOWLTON,
International Herald Tribune

Published: January 6, 2005

 

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 - A small group of Democrats transformed the traditionally routine ritual of certifying presidential election results into a tart partisan protest today, forcing both the House and Senate to debate Election Day voting problems in Ohio, the state that gave President Bush the crucial electoral votes needed for his re-election.
 
With both houses under Republican control, the move, only the second of its kind since 1877, did not threaten Bush's victory over Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts. Indeed, some Democrats opposed it and the White House spokesman likened it to a pursuit of "conspiracy theories."

But its rarity underscored a lingering sensitivity to election irregularities like those that overshadowed the 2000 election. Democrats complained this time that Ohio election officials, headed by a Republican who led the Bush campaign in the state, had provided too few voting machines in some Democratic precincts and allowed other irregularities.

The challenge also demonstrated a readiness among some Democrats, even with the party's diminished presence in the new Congress, to draw a line against a Republican Party that appears determined to make maximum use of its reinforced majority.

The Democratic move forced members of the House and Senate to meet separately today for up to two hours to consider Ohio election practices, interrupting the scheduled early-afternoon tally of Electoral College votes.

Such a Congressional challenge requires a formal objection to be lodged by a member of each chamber. Not even the sharply disputed 2000 vote had produced a Senate backer - members appeared wearily resigned after the prolonged Florida recount - though some House members supported a challenge at the time.

This time, Senator Barbara Boxer, Democrat of California, joined some House Democrats in challenging the certification of Ohio's 20 electoral votes. That state lifted Bush past the 270 Electoral College votes required for election, to a 286-to-252 victory.

"I have concluded that objecting to the electoral votes from Ohio is the only immediate way to bring these issues to light," Ms. Boxer said in a letter to Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones of Ohio, a leader of the Democratic challenge.

"The goal is to debate the issue," Tubbs Jones told The Associated Press. "And why not? We go across the world trying to ensure democracy, but there are some problems with the process in the United States."

Mr. Kerry, who has been traveling in the Middle East to visit American troops in Iraq, said the Ohio voting procedures raised "very troubling questions," which he vowed to take up this term. But he declined to join the protest.

Several Democrats said they saw no point in a challenge that might offend voters while painting Democrats as sore losers. The House Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi of California, said she would vote to uphold the Ohio vote.

Bush won by 118,000 votes in Ohio, according to a recount, and by more than 3 million votes nationwide.

Scott McClellan, the White House spokesman, dismissed the Democrats' move. "I think the American people expect members of Congress to work together and move forward on the real priorities facing this country," he said, "instead of engaging in conspiracy theories."

Democrats have complained of voting-machine shortages in urban precincts of Ohio that normally vote strongly Democratic. They have cited reports that some voters in those districts felt intimidated by Republican agents, or that Democrats' names were wrongly purged from registration lists.

Representative John Conyers Jr. of Michigan, the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, had issued a report claiming "numerous, serious election irregularities" in the Ohio election, attributed partly to "intentional misconduct and illegal behavior" by Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell.

A spokesman for Mr. Blackwell, who was co-chairman of the Bush-Cheney campaign in Ohio, called the criticism "ludicrous."

The House and Senate were last forced to meet separately to hear election challenges in January 1969. That year, a North Carolina elector who had pledged to support Richard M. Nixon broke with long tradition and voted instead for George Wallace, the independent candidate. Both chambers allowed that rare "faithless" vote to stand.

The last previous such challenge arose in 1877, following the disputed election contest between Rutherford B. Hayes and Samuel J. Tilden. Hayes, the Republican candidate, ultimately became president.



Two court challenges filed in Wash. gov's election case    Story Here  Archive
REBECCA COOK, Associated Press 06 January 2005
OLYMPIA, Wash. Two people have filed challenges to the governor's election with the state Supreme Court, firing the first shots in the anticipated legal battle over the amazingly close contest.

Area Officials: Voting Upgrade Is Unnecessary    Story Here  Archive
Amy Mulvihill Litchfield County Times 06 January 2005
Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz announced plans this week to include Connecticut municipalities in the ion process for a new contractor to provide electronic voting machines to the state in time for the 2005 municipal elections.

Re-votes in N. Carolina, Washington ? and Ohio?    Story Here  Archive
Phil Tajitsu Nash, AsianWeek Jan 06, 2005
Election 2004 is not yet over. And one lesson from this experience is clear: Not only does every vote count, but we must be vigilant and assertive if we want to be sure that every vote is counted.

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