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What Went Wrong in Ohio: The Conyers Report on the 2004 Presidential Election Paperback – April 1, 2005
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
It was prepared in the thick of the controversy, and presented to all members of Congress prior to their acceptance of the Ohio electors.
That all but 1 Senator, and all but 31 Congresspeople, chose to accept those electors, anyway, represented one of the lowest points in the history of our nation, as it was a crass, flagrant, and unprincipled abandonment of the rule of law to do so.
Historians will be scrutinizing this period, to understand how the nation that introduced democracy to the modern world, became, in essence, a dictatorship.
And it will be clear to all posterity that Congressman Conyers, all the House Judiciary Democrats, and their fantastic staff, were heroes, fighting against overwhelming odds for the preservation of Liberty itself.
This document is a landmark. Every American must read it.
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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. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Nancy L. Carlile
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... Read morePublished on January 2, 2012 by John
I love the Editorial Review book description 'The material in this report should be used as a guidebook to "fixing" our federal elections.'Published on July 12, 2007 by JohnnyE
As with his always-learned, always JUDICIOUS "sponsorship," or whatever the REPUB. "Americans$$," allowed him to term it, of the explosive DOWNING STREET MEMO(S) hearings of June,... Read morePublished on September 7, 2006 by Brian MOORE
Clinton 1996, 49% of vote - winner
Bush 2004, 51% of vote - loser
The only thing that went wrong in Ohio is that it gave the idiot Dems another thing to WHINE ABOUT!! Which we Republicans are pleanty tired of!! Mrs. Read morePublished on February 14, 2006 by Barry L. Parker
It's pretty obvious that last reviewer is from a mindless illegitimate bush supporter .... that probably never read the book. Read morePublished on January 31, 2006 by spirittoo
Ya want to know What Went Wrong In Ohio? The Dems LOST...Like the song goes, "..paranoia will destroy ya.."Published on November 14, 2005 by martyk