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2005/7/31

What Went Wrong In Ohio: The Conyers Report On The 2004 Presidential Election

@ 03:47 PM (114 months, 11 days ago)
One of the true patriots of our time, Representative John Conyers (D-MI) has published a book entitled "What Went Wrong In Ohio: The Conyers Report On The 2004 Presidential Election."

In the face of extraordinary opposition from the House majority, Rep. Conyers has done an outstanding job of holding hearings on election reform, the Downing Street Memo, and media bias.

Click here to purchase Rep. Conyer's book online: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/089733535X/qid=1122007846/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/002-9687788-6040009

And here to go to his official blog: http://www.conyersblog.us/

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  1. Remember the Internet conspiracy theories that President Bush had won Ohio -- and therefore the presidency -- through fraud? Those theories fueled a challenge to the certification of Mr. Bush's victory last January when Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer forced Congress to debate the issue when it counted the Electoral College votes.

    Well, the conspiracy theorists are now accusing the Democratic National Committee of "surrender" for this week issuing a report that finds no support for claims that fraud caused the votes of John Kerry to be misallocated to George W. Bush. Perhaps in anticipation of their outrage, DNC Chairman Howard Dean tried to claim that the report nonetheless backed up charges that there was widespread "voter suppression" in Ohio involving long lines at polls due to a misallocation of voting machines and unlawful voter identification requirements.

    Mr. Dean also indicated that the report backed up his belief that Republicans actively worked to suppress black voter turnout. "It's been widely reported over the past several years that Republicans do target African-Americans for voter suppression," he told reporters. "It's very clear here while there was no massive vote fraud, and I concur with the conclusion -- it's also clear that there was massive voter suppression."

    Mr. Dean's statement landed him in hot water when a scholar involved in writing the DNC report, Cornell University Professor Walter Mebane Jr., explained to the media that while the report had found numerous irregularities, it could not determine whether there was any partisan intent behind them. He also noted that county election boards in Ohio, which determine the distribution of voting machines, are bipartisan. Mr. Dean then had to return to the microphones to revise his remarks: "While we certainly couldn't draw a proven conclusion that this was willful, it certainly has the appearance of impropriety."

    But William Anthony, a Democrat who is chairman of the Franklin County Democratic Party in Ohio's capital of Columbus, rejects any suggestion of voter suppression. "Most of the precincts that stayed open late because of long lines were in the suburbs," he told the Columbus Dispatch last November. Mr. Anthony, who is also chair of the Franklin County elections board, acknowledged that the high turnout and a ballot that involved more than 100 choices for some voters did create lines, but added that he was offended by allegations from "a band of conspiracy theorists" that voter suppression had occurred. "I am a black man. Why would I sit there and disenfranchise voters in my own community?" That, in turn, raises the question: Why do Democrats like Mr. Dean persist in inciting racial tensions with wildly exaggerated claims that black voters are being disenfranchised?

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