Oct 18, 2006

Another Messy Ohio Election Year?

The much-maligned Diebold voting machineLeft: The much-maligned Diebold voting machine

(Toledo, OH) There is a low rumbling in Ohio this week, as pundits begin to forecast another round of poorly-executed, manipulated, and embarassing elections in the state that sent George W. Bush back to the White House in 2004.

While Daily Kos can sometimes be annoyingly partisan, there is a disturbing post by one of the more reliable DK denizens in the Beltway, KStreetProjector, who claims to have sat in on a meeting in which GOP legislators leaked their plans for putting up roadblocks to "marginal" Democratic voters. (Hat tip to Microdot for sending me the link)

The Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that some Ohio counties are struggling to meet the expectations of new laws regarding absentee ballots, while the NAACP announced that Ohio is one of the states in which it will be sending workers to monitor the elections.

The New York Times, in an article that hit the wire just 20 minutes before this post, lists Ohio as of the states "most likely to experience difficulties" in November.

“We’ve got new laws, new technology, heightened partisanship and a growing involvement of lawyers in the voting process,” said Tova Wang, an election specialist for the Century Foundation, a nonpartisan research group. “We also have the greatest potential for problems in more places next month than in any voting season before.”

Brace yourselves, folks. Looks like Ohio might once again be a hotbed of electoral controversy and charges of election fraud.


patches said...

Does anyone think it's weird that Blackwell is in charge of an election that he's agubernatorial candidate? Shouldn't he have to stp aside or something until after the election? Seems like a conflict of interest.

wjohnson said...

I also posted this message on "The Brain Police" site.

This is scary stuff. This is why our founding fathers had the foresight to put in the second amendment.

Amendment II
“A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. “

When a repressive and corrupt government gets embedded into the system, our founding fathers made sure the citizens had the means to remove it. Just as they had to throw off the shackles of the British colony system, the people of Ohio may have to engage in the same methods. There maybe a “Bunker Hill” in Ohio’s future. I guess too many people have forgotten our last repressive Republican government which led to “Kent State.” It is not a task to be taken lightly but only made necessary if the rest of the governing body in Ohio allows these abuses to proceed. Here maybe the root of the problem. When the Governor and Congressmen from of Ohio are being found guilty of corruption and taking bribes, and are still in office making and voting on policies. This in as much speaks for itself on how much the people of Ohio will tolerate. Has the Rush Limbaugh’s and conservative talk radio marketing infomercials performed the brain washing so well that the citizens stopped thinking for themselves?

The people of Florida experience the exact same thing. The person responsible of purging the election rolls of Democratic voters which skewed the eligible voters towards the Republicans; is now running for Congress to represent Florida. Yes it worked well in Florida so they will do it again in Ohio. The success in Florida is why we have Goofy from Disney World as President….or is that just one of the alcoholic, coke whore, Bush kids?

Name withheld to protect the guilty said...

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
--Thomas Jefferson

Yeah, Amendment #2 isn't about hunting. It's a gigantic federal Reset button; to remind the politicians who's actually in charge. I've never understood why it's considered "liberal" to think the 2nd Amdmt doesn't cover our right to own the sort of arms we'd need to pull off a revolution.

wjohnson said...

To "Name withheld to protect the guilty"....Got to love Tommy Jefferson. I loved the mental image I got from your "gigantic federal Reset button" comment.

The person we should also extend our thanks to for bring this topic to our attention is Microdot and his diligence to this topic. Well Done Microdot!!

microdot said...

One would wonder why this isn't bigger news, but up to now it's all anecdotal info...some one heard from some one...
The past history of Blackwells involvelment with vote manipulations, his present attempt to have Strickland disqulaified by stretching the language interpretation of the elligibility rules for candidates and his vile bile spewing performance in the last televised debate would lead me to believe that it is better to be safge than sorry! GIMMEE A PAPER BALLOT, PLEASE!

wjohnson said...

Here is another thought.

There is the old political adage, “Power corrupts and absolute power will corrupt absolutely.” But I think that John Steinbeck said it better, “Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts….perhaps the fear of a loss of power.” I think that John Steinbeck scenario is the one that applies here.

liberal_dem said...

How far from what the fathers of the Constitution envisioned have we strayed?

That easy quote about God blessing America rings hollow these days.

Perhaps, just perhaps, a real statesman might rise up and bring our sad nation back to liberty and justice for all.

Peahippo said...

Firstly: Patches, Blackwell has allegedly already removed himself from handling the details of the election (inasmuch: his duties as Sec'y of State for Ohio). The detail work has apparently been left to the various personnel in the Sec'y's office.

Of course, if anyone really believes that, then I have a thriving market in downtown Toledo that I want to sell you!

Secondly: Is it just my perception, or is it really true that issues face increasing legal challenges each and every time they try to make it onto the ballot? The issue 4/5 thing has taken months to resolve, and issue 1 is now ballot-dead. How many other times before 2000 have we had dead issues and candidates on "final" ballots?

Thirdly: Paranoia led me to check my voter registration online. My voting household has 4 people, and the reg record said it had 4 entries. Whew! With Blackwell, you never know.

Fourthly: The Second Amendment serves a variety of uses, but one use doesn't deny the others. The use of personal armament to fend off a tyrannical government doesn't discredit the idea of home and personal protection against assailants, and also doesn't discredit the idea of hunting. The SA ends with saying "... shall not be infringed", and that's the heart of the matter. Your rights to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed ... regardless if you join a militia, shoot deer, scare away a burglar, or just like to plink away at paper targets that stand 100 feet away. You still have the right to keep and bear arms even if you choose not to keep and/or bear arms at all.

Why in the hell is so hard for Americans to understand? The SA is one of the clearest amendments in the US Constitution, and is one of the clearest textual expressions of law in our nation.