Has anyone heard/seen anything else like this?
I worked for 3 days, including Election Day, on the statewide voter
protection hotline run by the Ohio Democratic Party in Columbus, Ohio.
I am writing this because the media is inexplicably whitewashing what
happened in Ohio, and Kerry’s concession was likewise inexplicable.
Hundreds of thousands of people were disenfranchised in Ohio. People
on line for as long as 10 hours. It appears to have only happened in
Democratic-leaning precincts, principally (a) precincts where many
Americans lived, and (b) precincts near colleges.
I spoke to a young man who got on line at 11:30 am and voted at 7 pm.
he left at 7 pm, the line was about 150 voters longer than when he’d
arrived, which meant those people were going to wait even longer. In
they waited for as much as 10 hours, and their voting was concluded
3 am. The reason this occurred was that they had 1 voting station per
voters, while the adjacent precinct had 1 voting station per 184. Both
precincts were within the same county, and managed by the same county
of elections. The difference between them is that the privileged
place was in a rural, solidly republican, area, while the one with
lines was in the college town of Gambier, OH.
Lines of 4 and 5 hours were the order of the day in many African-
Touch screen voting machines in Youngstown OH were
registering “George W.
Bush” when people pressed “John F. Kerry” ALL DAY LONG. This was
immediately after the polls opened, and reported over and over again
throughout the day, and yet the bogus machines were inexplicably kept
THROUGHOUT THE DAY.
Countless other frauds occurred, such as postcards advising people of
incorrect polling places, registered Democrats not receiving absentee
ballots, duly registered young voters being forced to file provisional
ballots even though their names and signatures appeared in the voting
longtime active voting registered voters being told they weren’t
bad faith challenges by Republican “challengers” in Democratic
and on and on and on.
I was very proud of the way so many Ohioans fought so valiantly for
right to vote, and would not be turned away. Many, however, could not
the entire day and were afraid of losing their jobs, due to the severe
economic depression hitting Ohio.
I do not understand why Kerry conceded and did not fight to ensure
Ohioans would have a chance to vote, and for their vote to be counted.