Politics, Technology, and Language

If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought — George Orwell

No more Ohios?

Posted by metaphorical on 14 December 2006

If you’re wondering whether a Democratic Congress might finally get rid of paperless electronic voting machines that don’t leave anything to recount, remember that the guy who’s been sponsoring e-voting reform for three years now, Rush Holt (D-NJ), is now a member of the majority party.

But there’s more. John Conyers, one of the few members of Congress to stand up and challenge the Ohio 2004 presidential vote is now the chairman of the Judiciary Committee. In January 2005, an investigation he chaired as the ranking member of minority party issued a report that went nowhere.

We have found numerous, serious election irregularities in the Ohio presidential election, which resulted in a significant disenfranchisement of voters. Cumulatively, these irregularities, which affected hundreds of thousand of votes and voters in Ohio, raise grave doubts regarding whether it can be said the Ohio electors selected on December 13, 2004, were chosen in a manner that conforms to Ohio law, let alone federal requirements and constitutional standards.

… we find that there were massive and unprecedented voter irregularities and anomalies in Ohio. In many cases these irregularities were caused by intentional misconduct and illegal behavior, much of it involving Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell, the co-chair of the Bush-Cheney campaign in Ohio.

The full report is here. Perhaps with the full weight of the committee, something might have actually happened.

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