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What Went Wrong in Ohio: The Conyers Report on the 2004 Presidential Election - Congressman John Conyers,Anita Miller,Gore Vidal

What Went Wrong in Ohio: The Conyers Report on the 2004 Presidential Election

Author: Congressman John Conyers,Anita Miller,Gore Vidal
Book title: What Went Wrong in Ohio: The Conyers Report on the 2004 Presidential Election
ISBN: 089733535X
ISBN13: 978-0897335355
Publisher: Chicago Review Press; 1 edition (April 1, 2005)
Language: English
Category: Politics & Government
Rating: 4.1/5
Votes: 117
Pages: 142 pages
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This fascinating and disturbing book is the official record of testimony taken by the Democratic Members and Staff of the House Judiciary Committee, presided over by Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, the Ranking Member. Originally released in January, 2005 by the Committee and now available in print for the first time.Witnesses included both Republicans and Democrats, elected officials, voting machine company employees, poll observers, and many voters who testified about the harassment they endured, some of which led to actual vote repression.While shreds of the electoral chaos in Ohio were reported in the press, the issue soon faded from public view. What Went Wrong In Ohio provides new insights into the abuse and manipulation of electronic voting machines and the arbitrary and illegal behavior of a number of elected and election officials which effectively disenfranchised tens of thousands of voters in order to change the outcome of an election.

Reviews: (7)
Nalme
In his book "Armed Madhouse..." author Greg Palast quotes Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. "It's not the votes that count. It's who counts the votes." After you read the dry but factual 116 pages of this book, you will come to the inescapable conclusion that the election was stolen from presidential candidate John Kerry and given to Mr. Bush.

The book is divided into facts (what happened) and analysis (the motive and how it could have happened). It starts with Ohio's secretary of state, a republican, Kenneth Blackwell who promised to "fill in the blanks" regarding voting anomalies but has kept silent in the finest tradition of "political omerta." He has refused to initiate any investigations, and has tried his best to have the ballots destroyed.

Here's some of what Conyers uncovers:

Republican challengers were at every precinct causing massive voting delays. This is called caging, and it is illegal. Republican challengers targeted 97% of new voters in black areas. They only challenged 14% of new voters in white areas.

There were voting machine lockdowns preventing observation of ballot counts. This too is illegal.

There were flipped votes. Voters reported that they had voted for Kerry and watched their vote register for George Bush. These "glitches" were called "calibration problems."

The number of votes vs. voters. In many places the number of voter turn-out exceeded 100%. (?) In one case nearly 19,000 votes were added after all precincts reported.

There were repairs being made by the electronic voting machine company while the ballots were being recounted. This too is illegal.

In Ohio the exit polls which asked the people how they voted, showed that Kerry had won. Men and women voters gave a majority to Kerry. These polls are usually very accurate. So, how did exit polls that put Kerry ahead 52% to 48% turn around after the ballots were counted?

After reading this book, you can only arrive at one conclusion: There's something rotten in the state of Ohio.

Update: Blackwell ran for governor in Ohio this past November and was defeated. Those ballots he could not manage to hide.
Iphonedivorced
Didn't last long on the government site mentioned in Harper's Magazine. In fact it was missing before the month of that issue was published. We should all be proud of the courage and wisdom of Rep Conyers to preserve this reprehensible moment in history so soon after its occurrence.
Bluecliff
Rep. John Conyers, (D - Michigan, the ranking minority chair of the House Judiciary Committee, led eleven Democratic Congressman (Republicans boycotted this investigation) and their staffers into the swamp that was the 2004 Presidential election in Ohio. Conyers had come to answer an essential question -- What Went Wrong in Ohio? The investigation was conducted despite the difficulties caused by Bush (whose selection in 2000 led to an apology from Justice John Paul Stevens for the behavior of the 5 -4 majority of the Court in the matter of Bush v Gore) and of the Republican majority in Congress.

In the introduction, Gore Videl says that when asked who would win in `04, he said that Bush would lose again, but he was confident that in the four years between 2000 and 2004, creative propaganda and the fixing of elections might very well be perfected so as to ensure an official victory for Bush. As this report shows in great detail with very thorough documentation of sources, Ohio was carefully set up to deliver an apparent victory for Bush even though Kerry appears to be not only the popular winner but the Electoral College winner.

This report states categorically, "With regards to our factual findings, in brief, we find that there were massive and unprecedented voter irregularities and anomalies in Ohio." These were caused by officials, chiefly Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell who was co-chair of the Bush - Cheny campaign in Ohio, and included deliberate misallocation of voting machines so that thousands or even hundreds of thousands of predominately minority and Democratic voters had to wait in long lines, or couldn't even vote, "cheat sheets" supplied to numerous counties to guide those counting the ballots so that Bush would have the proper number of votes to beat Kerry, denial of the right to observe the counting of ballots by impartial observers, illegally removing voters from the voting rolls, and other acts designed to ensure a Bush "win".

The outlook for 2008? To date,nothing has been done, either by Congress or the States, to clean up this mess. After all, those benefiting by the corruption are in charge. So, as things stand, expect a Republican "win" in 2008, regardless of who happens to be running.
Gugrel
While the fiasco of the 2000 presidential election is widely known (see, for example, Jeffrey Toobin's "Too Close to Call"), much less is known about the 2004 presidential election. This report gives the facts that lead us also to question the outcome of the 2004 election. Unless the public understands what happened in Ohio in 2004 and demands change of election practices, it is likely that a future close election will also suffer from plagued results. Nothing currently appears that would prevent it from happening this year, 2012.
--John L. Hodge, author
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