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Nader For President 2004
P.O. Box 18002 - Washington, DC 20036 - www.votenader.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 10, 2004 For Further Information:
Kevin Zeese 202.265.4000
Amy Belanger 202.265.4000
Ralph Nader Takes on Election Day Problems
To create a vibrant democracy we must face the irregularities in our electionsnot ignore them after election day.
Washington, DC:Over 2000 citizens, including voting rights advocates, are urging in writing the Nader/Camejo campaign to help make sure every vote is counted and counted accurately. The Nader/Camejo campaign does not view the election to be over merely because concession speeches, which have no legal effect, have been given. Rather, they are over when every vote is counted and legally certified.
Voting-rights groups and others have identified trouble spots and anomalies in several states meriting further investigation. They are discovering what Nader warned against throughout this election: because computers are inherently subject to programming error, equipment malfunction, and malicious tampering, paperless electronic voting machines make it impossible to safeguard the integrity of our vote. Imagine our country turning the technology and software for counting our votes over to three or four proprietary corporations. With other obstructions and manipulations, they thereby threaten the very foundation of our democracy. The Democratic National Committee website offers no response or advice to voters on where to turn. Senator John Kerry, thus far, has remained silent.
Regardless of whether it changes the electoral outcome, the Democrats should follow through on their repeated promises by the Kerry/Edwards campaign to the people to make sure every vote is countedin Ohio and other states discovering similar problems with electronic voting machines and other irregularities. It is imperative to find out what changes are needed in the equipment whether superior system substitutions should be used, Nader said. At a minimum, the Democrats should put the state on alert to clean up its act. With the extensive pre-election effort to prevent election fraud, including international observers, activist poll watchers and attempts to enforce paper trail backups, the Democratic Party's silence is puzzling, said Ralph Nader. It needs to wake up from its week of shock and awe.'"
Realities, plausibilities, and rumors swirl around at times such as these. Facts must be separated from fiction if we are ever going to know what happened.
On November 5, The Nader/Camejo campaign filed a challenge seeking a hand recount of the New Hampshire ballots at the request of numerous voting rights advocates. Striking inconsistencies exist between the vote as reported on the AccuVote Diebold Machines and exit polls and voting trends in New Hampshire. These irregularities in the reported vote count favor President George W. Bush by 5% to 15% over what was expected. Problems in these electronic voting machines and optical scanners are being reported in machines in a variety of states.
Nader says major electoral reforms are needed to ensure that every vote counts, including the most unlikely to be counted those of third party and independent candidates' votes. Reforms should ensure that all voters are represented through electoral reforms like instant run-off voting, binding none-of-the-above options, and proportional representation; that non-major party candidates have a ballot access chance to run for office and participate in debates; and that public elections be publicly financed.
Ralph Nader called upon John Edwards and John Kerry to be serious about their pre-election and post-election promises: Our offices are being flooded with faxes and e-mails asking for assistance in resolving these irregularitiesa lot of them are citizens who voted for you. You must now take action to give our nation the fair accounting it deserves from the 2004 election and to protect democratic processes in future elections. Although your party extended considerable funds and manpower to unconstitutionally drive us off the Ohio ballot, in the spirit of good government, I urge you to make this effort now.
Paid for by Nader for President 2004 General Election Committee
(202) 265-4000 - P.O. Box 18002, Washington, DC 20036
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CALL FOR PUBLIC HEARINGS IN OHIO!
They might have conceded - but we haven't conceded our right to have our votes count.
The Ohio Citizens Alliance for Secure Elections (CASE-OH), the League of Young Voters, People for the American Way Foundation - a leading member of the Election Protection Coalition, Common Cause Ohio, Ohio Election Reform Now, Columbus Institute for Contemporary Journalism, WVKO Radio, and Ohio Voterization Project are calling for public hearings to investigate voting irregularities and voter suppression in Ohio surrounding the 2004 General Election.
THIS IS A NONPARTISAN STATEWIDE CALL TO ACTION. VOTERS AND POLL WORKERS FROM AROUND THE STATE ARE INVITED TO TESTIFY.
Saturday November 13, 1-4 PM
New Faith Baptist Church
955 Oak Street
Columbus, Ohio 43205
Monday November 15, 6-9 PM,
Auditorium (Meeting Room A)
Courthouse, 373 S. High St.
We are calling for anyone who experienced or observed election
irregularities or voter suppression on Election Day to come forward and
give their testimony.
We are calling for any individuals or organizations that have information about election irregularities or voter suppression that occured before, during or after the elections to give their testimony.
We are calling for our public officials, community representatives and
the media to come and hear the testimony of the people.
We will document and videotape the testimonies for use in a report
and a formal complaint to the Franklin County Board of Elections.
This is a public space to respond to the systemic undermining of our
democratic process and assess how to respond to racial disenfranchisement and suppression of democratic rights.
Citizens, voting experts, and investigative journalists will be invited
to present testimony for the public record documenting instances of voting irregularities and systematic voter suppression. The coalition hopes to expose the systemic undermining of our democratic process that occurred leading up to and on Nov 2, and assess how to respond to racial
disenfranchisement and suppression of democratic rights.
Testimony will be followed by a summary statement of patterns of voting rights violations emerging in the state of Ohio and a discussion of statewide reforms needed to address these issues.
* Ohio State Senator Teresa Fedor
* Ohio State Senator Ray Miller
* Carol Mosley Braun
* Cobb/LaMarche campaign
* League of Pissed Off Voters (www.indyvoter.org)
* freelance journalist Lynn Landes
* Dr. Robert Fitrakis, Ph.D, J.D.
* Bill Moss, community leader/former Columbus School Board Member
* Lawyers Committee For Civil Rights in San Francisco Bay Area
* Medea Benjamin - Code Pink & Global Exchange
* Ted Glick - IPPN
* This Time We're Watching (www.ttww.org)
* Driving Votes (www.drivingvotes.org)
* Chris Vaeth - Truth Force Training Center
* International Labor Communications Association
* No Stolen Elections Coalition (www.nov3.us)
* Liberty Tree
* Black Voices for Peace
* Alliance for Democracy
We are seeking support from US Congressional Representatives, Ohio State Representatives, nonpartisan organizations, and community and national leaders. Experts and investigative reporters are invited to present testimony as well.
Here are a few articles on the types of voter suppression/disenfranchisement that we are hoping to call attention to:
Kerry Won. Greg Palast, Tompaine.com
Did Kerry Concede Too Soon? Bob Fitrakis, The Free Press
Was the Ohio Election Honest and Fair? Institute for Public Accuracy
Worse Than 2000: Tuesday's Electoral Disaster, William Rivers Pitt,
None Dare Call it Voter Suppression and Fraud, Bob Fitrakis, Free Press
To get involved, sponsor this call, or testify, contact:
Amy Kaplan: 614.405.2160
Navina Khanna: 425.269.5194
National Field Director
IF THE ELECTION WAS ONLY FOLKS UNDER 30, KERRY WOULD HAVE WON- IN A LANDSLIDE!
The media said youth turnout was down last night... they were SO wrong.
Check out this CNN exit poll
* 4.6 Million More Young People Cast Votes Than in 2000
* Youth Turnout Up by 9.3 Points Nationally
Download the CIRCLE election release (1 MB, Word format)
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