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tiptoe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-14-07 06:10 PM
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163. type of nonsense = "...officials, under color of law, depriving citizens of consitutional rights..."
Was the 2004 Election Stolen?

The secretary of state is supposed to administer elections -- not throw them, says Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a Democrat from Cleveland who has dealt with Blackwell for years. The election in Ohio in 2004 stands out as an example of how, under color of law, a state election official can frustrate the exercise of the right to vote.


To help prevent a repeat of 2004, Kerry has co-sponsored a package of election reforms called the Count Every Vote Act. The measure would increase turnout by allowing voters to register at the polls on Election Day, provide provisional ballots to voters who inadvertently show up at the wrong precinct, require electronic voting machines to produce paper receipts verified by voters, and force election officials like Blackwell to step down if they want to join a campaign.205 But Kerry says his fellow Democrats have been reluctant to push the reforms, fearing that Republicans would use their majority in Congress to create even more obstacles to voting. The real reason there is no appetite up here is that people are afraid the Republicans will amend HAVA and shove something far worse down our throats, he told me.


(the "no appetite" amongst Dems was PRE-2006 midterm Election results...)

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