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What Happened in Ohio: A Documentary Record of Theft And Fraud in the 2004 Election [Paperback]

by Robert J. Fitrakis, Steven Rosenfeld, Harvey Wasserman
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October 20, 2006 1595580697 978-1595580696 1
An array of primary sources documenting the dishonesty and disenfranchisement that tipped the scales for George W. Bush in 2004.

"It is my professional opinion that these numbers are fraudulent."—statistician Richard Hayes Philips, PhD, in reference to Ohio's 2004 Presidential vote count, from his deposition in the Moss v. Bush lawsuit, which reached the Ohio Supreme Court

In the first comprehensive look at the most critical state's voting process in the 2004 presidential election, three pathbreaking investigative journalists (one a member of the legal team that sued the state of Ohio for election fraud), compile documentary evidence of massive potential theft and fraud in the presidential vote—problems that may have changed the outcome of the presidential election in Ohio, and thus the nation.

What Happened in Ohio? includes trucking receipts that show voting machines were pulled back from minority districts; ballots that contain evidence of tampering; mathematical analysis demonstrating the statistical impossibility of voting totals; testimonials from hundreds of voters, campaign workers, and poll workers about conditions that effectively disenfranchised thousands of voters; copies of flyers instructing Democrats to "vote on Wednesday"; official letters sent to tens of thousands of long-time voters incorrectly informing them they had been deemed "inactive" and ineligible to vote; photos taken of the original exit poll data broadcast on election night before it was retroactively "corrected" by the networks; and much, much more.

For anyone suspicious of the Ohio vote, here's the evidence you've been waiting for.

• Total number of votes by which George W. Bush won Ohio: 118,775
• Total number of ballots, mostly from Democratic precincts, that were rejected and remain uncounted: 92,672
• Estimated number of provisional ballots, many from Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland and other Democratic centers, that were ruled invalid and not counted: 35,000
• Total number of votes received by Bush in Gahanna, Ohio, Ward 1B: 4,258
• Total number of ballots cast in Gahanna, Ohio, Ward 1B: 638

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Bob Fitrakis is a professor of political science at Columbus State Community College, a lawyer, and the executive director of the Columbus Institute for Contemporary Journalism. He lives in Columbus, Ohio. Steve Rosenfeld is a journalist and senior producer of The Laura Flanders Show on Air America. He lives in San Francisco. Harvey Wasserman is a senior editor and columnist for and the author of many books. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.

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  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: New Press, The; 1 edition (October 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595580697
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595580696
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6 x 9.1 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The team of Robert J. Fitrakis, Steven Rosenfeld, and Harvey Wasserman also wrote the earlier books, Did George W. Bush Steal America's 2004 Election? and How the GOP Stole America's 2004 Election & Is Rigging 2008. (Many of the documents and conclusions of these earlier books are included in this later one, by the way.)

They wrote in the Introduction to this 2006 book, "This book tells the story of what happened in Ohio, where perhaps the nation's most partisan secretary of state, Republican J. Kenneth Blackwell, systematically steered his state's election laws and voting machinery to benefit Republicans and to reelect President George W. Bush. These efforts harmed not just the Democratic Party, its voters, and nominee John Kerry, but the democratic process itself." (Pg. 3)

In Ohio, of course, exit polls predicted a Kerry victory; but for those who argue that "the exit polls were simply WRONG," the authors assert that "the greatest discrepancy between how people said they voted, and the subsequent official results, were not in Democratic strongholds: they were in Republican districts, where few Democrats or political independents were present to verify the vote." (Pg. 154)

They observe, "the most striking vote-counting anomaly occurred in ... the part of the state where White House political Guru Karl rove claimed that evangelical Christians had rallied behind the president and voted in droves...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should be required reading January 30, 2013
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This book zeros in on a single example of vote rigging that laid the groundwork for many others in later elections. I question why we didn't figure it out in 2004. By 2012, voter suppression was commonplace, and it need not have been. We could have nipped this weed in the bud but we didn't. I know from direct experience that the illegal practices actually happened. If our government should be doing anything, it should be stopping rigged elections like Ohio in 2004.
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This is a review by Carol Staley, who has a 40-year career working as an election officer in California:

I just completed "What Happened in Ohio: A Documentary Record of Theft and Fraud in the 2004 Election" and found it most enlightening.

As a former election administrator, I have been quite skeptical of all the accusations flying around, many of which are totally unfounded.

This book is extremely well researched and documented. It totally changed my opinion of how the Ohio election was conducted.

Steven Rosenfeld, who did the writing, presented a readable, factual account. I especially appreciated the way he laid out the material; it was very easy to refer to the documents as I was reading the text.

I felt after Florida, in 2000, that Secretaries of State should NEVER be allowed to participate in partisan politics while presiding as the chief election officer of the state. Ohio clearly presents the best reasons why this job should be classified as a non-partisan position, barring all engagements in politics of any kind until out of office.

It should be required reading for all civics classes and a reference book for election officials.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We Were Warned January 11, 2008
Now that Hillary Clinton's improbable and stunning win in the first-in-the-Nation New Hampshire primary has entered the history books, it is time to pick this book up again and read it to truly understand how Democracy in America has been stolen.

There is no doubt in my mind that the Republicans would rather run against Hillary than any other Democrat contender. It is she out of the three top runners the Republican National Committee believe they can defeat. Diebold machines were used throughout NH, the same Deibold machines which are easily hackable and which do not allow for after-the-fact examination.

Exit polls in NH did not support in any way, shape or form the results between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, and the fact that the final results and the exit polls conformed so precisely with all other contenders, Republican AND Democrat, makes the Obama/Clinton results even more alarming and sinister.

Thousands of very wealthy, avaricious people around the world thrive in Banana Republics, using their wealth and influence to achieve a pampered and privileged existence while the rest of their society has to deal with lawlessness, lack of education, lack of health care, lack of decent infrastructure, lack of security and lack of freedom and opportunity to gain true prosperity. Americans are now facing the same kind of future and paradigm. The question is, are they going to allow themselves to be stupified by a compliant and equally avaricious Media or are they going to educate themselves and rise up to prevent it?
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