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Preserving Democracy - What Went Wrong in Ohio
December 8, 2004
Congressman Conyers hosted a forum on
the Ohio Voting Irregularities.
A participant list and statements submitted for the forum are listed below
John Conyers Opening Statement
Sheila Jackson Lee Opening Statement
Stephanie Tubbs Jones Opening Statement
of Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
of Steve Rosenfeld, Senior Producer, Air America Radio
of Professor Robert Fitrakis, Editor, The Free Press
of Hilary Shelton, Director, Washington Bureau, National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People
of Jon Greenbaum, Director, Voting Rights Project, Lawyers Committee for Civil
Rights Under Law
The following statement were submitted for the
Senator John Kerry's Statement on
of Judith A. Browne, Acting Co-Director, Advancement Project
of Melanie L. Campbell, Executive Director and CEO,National Coalition on Black
Civic Participation, Inc.
of Norman Robbins and Judy Gallo, Greater Cleveland Voter Registration Coalition
for the American Way Foundation - Ohio Litigation and Advocacy Summary
of Intent Concerning Presidential Electors
interesting statement was made by Mr. Conyers when asked. "Would you
considered objecting to a Republican slate of electors sent to Washington based
on the first Ohio vote If after the recount, that it shows that John Kerry
actually won". Mr. Conyers answer, "We are now".
Items that were brought out are:
- 80% of all votes in America are counted by only two
companies: Diebold and ES&S.
- There is no federal agency with regulatory authority or
oversight of the U.S. voting machine industry.
- The vice-president of Diebold and the president of
ES&S are brothers.
- The chairman and CEO of Diebold is a major Bush
campaign organizer and donor who wrote in 2003 that he was "committed
to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next
- Republican Senator Chuck Hagel used to be chairman of
ES&S. He became Senator based on votes counted by ES&S machines.
- Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, long-connected with the
Bush family, was recently caught lying about his ownership of ES&S by
the Senate Ethics Committee.
- Senator Chuck Hagel was on a short list of George W.
Bush's vice-presidential candidates.
- ES&S is the largest voting machine manufacturer in
the U.S. and counts almost 60% of all U.S. votes.
- Diebold's new touch screen voting machines have no
paper trail of any votes. In other words, there is no way to verify that the
data coming out of the machine is the same as what was legitimately put in
- Diebold also makes ATMs, checkout scanners, and ticket
machines, all of which log each transaction and can generate a paper trail.
- Diebold is based in Ohio.
- Diebold employed 5 convicted felons as senior managers
and developers to help write the central compiler computer code that counted
50% of the votes in 30 states.
- Jeff Dean, Diebold's Senior Vice-President and senior
programmer on Diebold's central compiler code, was convicted of 23 counts of
felony theft in the first degree.
- Diebold Senior Vice-President Jeff Dean was convicted
of planting back doors in his software and using a "high degree of
sophistication" to evade detection over a period of 2 years.
- None of the international election observers were
allowed in the polls in Ohio.
- California banned the use of Diebold machines because
the security was so bad. Despite Diebold's claims that the audit logs could
not be hacked, a chimpanzee was able to do it. (See
the movie here.)
- 30% of all U.S. votes are carried out on unverifiable
touch screen voting machines with no paper trail.
- All - not some - but all the voting machine errors
detected and reported in Florida went in favor of Bush or Republican
- The governor of the state of Florida, Jeb Bush, is the
- Serious voting anomalies in Florida - again always
favoring Bush - have been mathematically demonstrated and experts are
recommending further investigation.
More to come
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