Friends, I’m still out of commission, with a nasty virus (the kind that afflicts humans) and a wee bit of work left on the new intro to the forthcoming paperback of Fooled Again. This is (still) why you haven’t heard from me.

But this news cannot wait (although I’m waiting for the media to catch up with it). It’s now been proved in court that BushCo did indeed deliberately subvert the recount in Ohio after the 2004 election.

Spread the word. Too many Democrats are tuning out the issue of election fraud, and the dire need for radical reform, because they lately won so many seats in Congress. Actually, the evidence suggests that they won quite a few more than they think; but they’re so grateful and relieved to have won any seats at all that they’re not fighting for the ones they only seemed to lose; and they’re not talking about fixing the whole system.

So please do spread the word.


Ohio poll workers convicted
From the Associated Press
January 25, 2007

CLEVELAND — Two election workers were convicted Wednesday of rigging arecount of the 2004 presidential election to avoid a more thorough review in Ohio’s most populous county.

Jacqueline Maiden, elections coordinator of the Cuyahoga County Elections Board, and ballot manager Kathleen Dreamer each were convicted of a felony count of negligent misconduct by an elections employee.

They also were convicted of one misdemeanor count each of failure to perform their duty as elections employees.

Read more.


1. Two Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Election Officials Convicted of Felony and Misdemeanor for 2004 Election; One Official Acquitted – Read more.
Will be Questioned by Special Prosecutor Before Sentencing to Learn if Higher Ups Involved
RELATED: Kerry Drops Out of 2008 Race. In Advance This Time.
Do new Ohio recount prosecutions indicate unraveling of 2004 election theft cover-up?
by Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman
January 19, 2007

Three criminal prosecutions in Ohio’s biggest county have opened with strong indications that the cover-up of the theft of the 2004 presidential election is starting to unravel. Prosecutors say these cases involve “rigging” the recount in Cuyahoga County (Cleveland), where tens of thousands of votes were shifted from John Kerry to George W. Bush, or else never counted. Meanwhile, corroborating evidence continues to surface throughout Ohio illuminating the GOP’s theft of the presidency. According to the AP, County Prosecutor Kevin Baxter opened the Cuyahoga trial by charging that “the evidence will show that this recount was rigged, maybe not for political reasons, but rigged nonetheless.” Baxter said the three election workers “did this so they could spend a day rather than weeks or months” on the recount.

Jacqueline Maiden, the county election board’s third-ranking employee, faces six counts of misconduct involving ballot review. Rosie Grier, the board’s ballot department manager, and Kathleen Dreamer, an assistant manager, are also charged. All three are on paid administrative leave, and are being supported by the county board of elections.

The county prosecutors do not allege vote fraud. No do they say mishandling the recount affected the election’s outcome.

But Cleveland, which usually gives Democrats an extremely heavy margin, was crucial to Bush’s alleged victory of roughly 118,000 votes out of 5.5 million counted. Some 600,000 votes were cast or counted in Cuyahoga County. But official turnout and vote counts varied wildly and improbably from precinct to precinct. Overall the county reported about a 60% turnout. But several predominantly black precincts, where voters went more than 80% for Kerry, reported turnouts of 30% or less. In one ward, only a 7% turnout was reported, while surrounding precincts were nearly ten times as high. Independent studies indicate Kerry lost thousands of votes in Cuyahoga County that rightfully should have been counted in his column.

In the Cuyahoga case, the poll workers are charged with circumventing state recount laws that require a random sampling of at least three percent of the votes cast in a given precinct, to be recounted by hand and by machine. The prosecution charges that the workers instead hand picked sample precincts to recount that they knew did not have questionable results. Once they were able to match those recounts with official results, they could then do the rest of the recount by machine, in effect rendering the entire process meaningless. “This was a very hush operation,” said prosecutor Baxter.

Similar allegations have been made in other counties. Indeed, such illegal non-random recounting procedures appear to have been common throughout the state, carried out by board of election employees with the tacit consent of Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell. Blackwell was officially charged with administering the election that gave Bush a second term while simultaneously serving as the Ohio co-chair of his Bush’s re-election campaign. Blackwell has just been overwhelmingly defeated in his own attempt to become governor of Ohio.

Defense attorney Roger Synenberg, who represents Dreamer, told the jury that the recount was an open process, and that his client and the others “were just doing it the way they were always doing it.”

The Ohio recount was forced by the Green Party and the Libertarian Party, which raised over $100,000 to cover costs. They charge the recount was fraudulent due largely to the kinds of irregularities with which the Cuyahoga poll workers are now charged. Those charges carry sentences of up to 18 months in prison each, and include failure to perform duties imposed by law; misconduct; knowingly disobeying elections law; unlawfully obtaining possession of ballots/ballot boxes or pollbooks; and unlawfully opening or permitting the opening of a sealed pac

kage containing ballots.

But the trial in Cleveland represents just a small sampling of what happened during the Ohio recount. At a public hearing sponsored by the Free Press in Toledo in December, 2004, sworn testimony claimed that Diebold technicians were party to picking the “random” precincts to be recounted. At least one of the precincts lacked a memory card for the recount using the optiscan machine.

In Miami County, election officials admit that they did not recount to the official vote total, but merely ran the optiscan ballots through the ES 550 counter, and then counted them to see if they matched the machine count. In essence, what they did was a test of the counting machine, not a recount to the actual reported votes. Miami’s procedures were thus as illegal as those in Cuyahoga.

Indeed, when the Free Press audited all the recount ballots from Miami County, we found the so-called recount results differed noticeably from the official results. If these differences in results were discovered at the recount in 2004, Ohio law should have triggered a hand recount of all ballots in the county. That was never done.

In Fairfield County, when the recount totals wouldn’t match, Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell recommended Sam Hogsett, an ES&S employee, to assist with the process. Despite complaints from a Democratic election officer, Hogsettt worked the central tabulator and counter. Hogsett somehow managed to make the recount match, thus avoiding a full manual recount.

Hogsettt is on record in a local newspaper saying that he would like to shoot a “liberal” so the liberal would learn that it wasn’t the gun that killed him, but the shooter, Hogsett. Green Party recount coordinator Paddy Shaffer complained to Delaware County election officials about Hogsett’s presence during the recount and his constant use of the computer. Her complaint has had no apparent impact.

In Hocking County, Board of Elections Deputy Director, Sherole Eaton was fired after she submitted an affidavit to U.S. Rep. John Conyers outlining how Hocking BOE officials pre-selected one precinct because it had the “right” number of voters (3%), thus illegally prescreening like Cuyahoga County. Eaton also complained that a Triad technician showed up unannounced on recount day and offered her a “cheat sheet” for the recount. He just happened to have a hard drive for a 12-year-old Dell computer that served as Hocking County’s central tabulator. The county’s official central tabulator went down mysteriously just prior to the recount. Eaton said the Triad technician installed his hard drive and told the election officials that the recount would match up perfectly if they didn’t turn off the computer. Eaton has not been restored to her BOE position, and there has been no full recount in Hocking County.

In Coshocton County, Green Party recount observer Tim Kettler acquired public records showing that election officials pre-counted in secrecy in clear violation of Ohio law. Coshocton BOE officials desperately begged Secretary of State Blackwell for advice when the recount did not match. Blackwell’s office urged the county to simply send in the results as official. But after being confronted by angry recount observers, Coshocton BOE officials became the only ones in Ohio to hand count every ballot. The recount resulted in a statistically significant vote pickup for John Kerry among previously uncounted ballots.

In part due to widespread public revulsion over his conduct of the 2004 election, Blackwell was soundly beaten in the 2006 gubernatorial race by Democrat Ted Strickland. Ohio also now has a Democratic Secretary of State and Attorney General. Whether they will conduct further investigations into what really happened in 2004 remains to be seen.

But a federal court decision has preserved the ballots from that election. Whether further legal charges come from the new administration in Columbus remains to be seen. But the Cuyahoga prosecutions provide more evidence that we still don’t have a reliable vote count for the election that gave George W. Bush a second term.

Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman are co-authors of HOW THE GOP STOLE AMERICA’S 2004 ELECTION & IS RIGGING 2008 (, and, with Steve Rosenfeld, of WHAT HAPPENED IN OHIO?, published by the New Press.

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  • Ya know Mark, I checked around several of primary alternative web sites for coverage on this…and found nothing!

    ???…amazing, eh?

    I posted it at Americanblog yesterday – a largely dem oriented blog, but mostly dems who can’t wrap their heads around anything too “conspiratorial” sounding [you know the drill], and it was all but ignored. Hopefully more will pick up on it.

    Thanks for the info, and get well.

  • Two election workers get convicted in one county in Ohio, and you think that’s the evidence that “proves” this conspiracy theory?? That reminds me of that previous thread: One GOP official in Pennsylvania questions the integrity of e-voting, and that is “proof” that the Republicans are screaming that the mid-terms were stolen from them. Weak, weak, weak. And pathetic.

  • Delusional, projective, police-state-lovin’ flagwaver wrote:

    “Two election workers get convicted in one county in Ohio, and you think that’s the evidence that “proves” this conspiracy theory??”

    Mark’s book – among the research of others – went a long way in establishing fact over omission and spin. What the convictions prove is that greater investigation need occur … and not in some half cocked attempt to validate Kerry, but to help ensure future elections.

  • This response to a naysayer’s TruthIsAll FAQ contains a comprehensive statistical analysis.

    The analytical evidence proves beyond a reasonable doubt that Bush stole the election in 2004.

    It also shows that the Republicans stole about 15 House seats in 2006 and almost stole the Senate.

    It’s a treasure trove of sensitivity analyses, enabling the reader to view hundreds of scenarios which form the basis of the case.

    All the numbers have been crunched for the reader – and then some.

    The SMOKING GUN is the Final National Exit Poll.
    A major part of the response to the TruthIsAll FAQ is based on the mathematical impossibility of the “How Voted in 2000” weightings.

    Kerry wins every plausible scenario.

    There are still people out there who refuse to accept the truth: the election was stolen and the exit pollsters and the media are still covering it up.

    This is my response to their final faith-based arguments.

    Say goodbye to the reluctant Bush responder theory and Gore voter “false recall”.

    Say hello to sanity.


  • Saying over and over “beyond a reasonable doubt” still does not make it so. This “evidence” is a head-shaking mish-mash of internet twaddle, misinterpreted data, anecdotal bits stretched out to pre-conceived notions, mathematical noodling and mis-reading of electoral laws.

    There was no stolen election – with the possible exception of Washington state in 2004. Bush won, and he won fair and square. Have fun puffing yourself up thinking that you know s-o-o-o much more than the great unwashed.

  • OHIO 2004: 6.15% Kerry-Bush vote-switch found in probability study.

    Defining the vote outcome probabilities of wrong-precinct voting has revealed, in a sample of 166,953 votes (1/34th of the Ohio vote), the Kerry-Bush margin changes 6.15% when the population is sorted by probable outcomes of wrong-precinct voting.

    The Kerry to Bush 6.15% vote-switch differential is seen when the large sample is sorted by probability a Kerry wrong-precinct vote counts for Bush. When the same large voter sample is sorted by the probability Kerry votes count for third-party candidates, Kerry votes are instead equal in both subsets.

    Read the revised article with graphs of new findings:

    The 2004 Ohio Presidential Election: Cuyahoga County Analysis
    How Kerry Votes Were Switched to Bush Votes

    A small spreadsheet too:

  • Elections chief in Ohio’s largest county resigns
    2/6/2007, 5:44 p.m. ET
    By M.R. KROPKO
    The Associated Press

    CLEVELAND (AP) — The embattled elections chief in the state’s most populous county resigned Tuesday, ending a tense term that thrust Cuyahoga County into the national spotlight as it weathered a rough transition from punch-card to electronic voting.

    The elections board announced the decision by executive director Michael Vu after a nearly two-hour closed-door meeting. Under Vu, the county had a botched primary election and saw the convictions of two workers who mishandled the 2004 presidential recount.

    The resignation is effective March 1, and Vu has agreed to stay on through June as a consultant to help the board as it looks for and trains a new director.

    The board, which oversees elections in the largely Democratic-voting county with more than 1 million registered voters, has formed a search committee to find Vu’s replacement.

    Vu, 30, was hired at about $119,000 a year in 2003 to take over the largest and arguably most problematic elections system in the bellwether state during a hard-fought and close presidential campaign.

    In November 2004, Cuyahoga was among the counties with long lines and complaints over provisional ballots. The election ended with Ohio giving President Bush the electoral votes needed to narrowly win the White House over Democratic U.S. Sen. John Kerry.

    Vu said it was his decision to resign, based in part on his realization that the board wanted new leadership for the 2008 election.

    The decision was mutual, he said.

    “The time is right to turn the leadership of the board over to new hands,” Vu said. “By leaving now there will be ample time to find a new director and to provide that person with the time necessary to plan for a successful 2008 presidential election year.”

    After the meeting, board chairman Bob Bennett, also the leader of the state Republican Party, said the board realized that Vu had a tough job, especially the transition to electronic voting from punch cards.

    The board is happy Vu is staying for a few more months as a consultant, Bennett said. He said Vu will continue to collect his director’s salary during that time.

    Gwendolyn Dillingham, a Republican who was the board’s assistant director, also is leaving.

    Before Vu’s appointment, the county had a history of troubles, including absentee ballots invalidated because they were counted twice, shortages of ballots, misplaced ballots, votes cast by unregistered voters and voters who were not told of a change in their polling places.

    Under his watch, problems continued.

    Last May’s primary, the first attempt at electronic voting in the county, was marred by poll workers who were not prepared to operate the machines, some poll workers who didn’t show up to work and vote-holding memory cards that were misplaced or lost.

    And last month, two elections board workers were convicted of illegally rigging the 2004 presidential election recount so they could avoid a more thorough review of the votes.

    Vu defended those workers and their decision to pick ahead of time the ballots they would count in what was supposed to be a random sample. He said the workers followed longtime procedures and did nothing wrong.

    Vu said he is proud of improvements in how elections occur in Cuyahoga County.

    “Of course, there’s a lot that of things that would have been done differently, in hindsight,” Vu said.

    The recent convictions stand out as a major disappointment, he said. A special prosecutor has said he will seek information from the two women convicted of election law violations to try and determine who instructed them to perform the recount as they did.

    “That is something that is still ongoing and there’s not much I can say about it,” Vu said.

    During the board meeting Tuesday, Bennett announced that those two employees, Jacqueline Maiden, elections coordinator, and ballot manager Kathleen Dreamer have been fired. Maiden’s separation pay is $27,096 and Dreamer’s is $8,382.

    A Democrat who learned the elections business in Republican-dominated Utah, Vu has a black belt in martial arts and has a political science degree from the University of Utah. He worked for seven years for the Salt Lake County Elections Division in various administrative and research roles.

    Bennett said that, although there were troubles, Vu successfully oversaw changes that led to a general election in November with few big problems as a new governor and U.S. senator were elected.

    Vu said his goal was to lead the board through the transition from “a punch card world of hanging chads to the new technology of touch-screen voting.”

    “This was a once in a generation challenge for those of us who work in the world of elections,” Vu said.

  • As per I saw on the micellaneous blog on web design company It’s a treasure trove of sensitivity analyses, enabling the reader to view hundreds of scenarios which form the basis of the case. All the numbers have been crunched for the reader – and then some.

  • I read a comment on aquabot regarding a related malfunctionings….. its really a very a disappointment one to hear.. We want everything fair…..

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