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Election Day Shocker: Trouble in Ohio (Who could have predicted??)

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on November 7th, 2006 9:59 am by HL

Vote machines crash in Ohio

EAST CLEVELAND, United States (AFP) – Early trouble with crashing electronic voting machines sparked immediate problems in some areas as US elections again went ahead amid fears of delays and polling irregularities.
In one elementary school in the predominantly black district of East Cleveland, Ohio, all 12 machines went down when voting opened at 6:30 am (1130 GMT), according to an AFP correspondent at the scene.
The machines were not started up until two hours later and poll officials refused to hand out paper ballots until a lawyer for the watchdog group Election Protection showed up.
“The machines weren’t working and they were just turning people away,” said the attorney, Fred Livingstone. “They are not allowed to do that.”
More than 250 problems were reported at polling places in Ohio soon after polls opened according to an Election Protection watchdog operation run by a minority rights group and other non-governmental organizations.
Ohio was the epicenter of controversy during the 2004 elections, as Democrats charged voter fraud incidents disproportionately helped Republicans.

H.L.s Take
So it was not even 7 A.M. yet and already verifiable voter fraud had occured. This was in the state that Bush and Kenneth Blackwell stole in 2004. They had 2 years to fix the “problems” but Blackwell is now running for election in Ohio, and no one seems to care that once again an electon could turn on people not being able to vote in the large urban areas.
Obviously the democrats don’t care if they lose this race. They know what happened in 2004. and have done NOTHING about it. I personally asked John Kerry about it and he acted like he had no idea what I was talking about. If the Senate race in Ohio goes to the Republicans because of this, that could be the deciding factor in keeping the Repubs in control of the Senate. F**king Democrats.

3 Responses to “Election Day Shocker: Trouble in Ohio (Who could have predicted??)”

  1. Phil Says:

    How DOES Blackwell get those Democratic precinct captains to cooperate with his nefarious plans?

  2. sfliberal Says:

    Already this election is turning into a farce, unworthy of a banana republic. A Congresswoman’s optical scanning machine won’t work (Ohio), a governor is not allowed to vote because he didn’t bring his Voter ID Card (whatever that is) with him (South Carolina) and the state Secretary of State is not allowed to vote without showing a current drivers license (Missouri) even though it is not required. If people like this are having trouble voting, imagine what is going on in Cleveland, St. Louis, Richmond and Memphis when your average Joe tries to vote and runs into a problem. Nancy Pelosi really needs to address national voting standards and a relook at the Voting Rights Act as another ‘first item of business’.

  3. Tom Richard Says:

    I voted in Northwest Ohio early this morning (6:45am) and I personally witnessed 3 voters being turned away from the polls. They were sent home to get proper identification. There was an older lady there who dumped out her purse because the poll worker said “I need to see something with your address on it.” She was digging through her purse showing them card after card, however, none of them had her address on it. She was sent away.

    As I moved up in the line I was witness to two more ladies who were sent away due to lack of proper identification.

    The rules clearly states that in the case of not having proper identification, the voter is supposed to be offered a provisional ballot and it will be independently verified at a later date. None of these voters were told this.

    I did point this out to the poll workers when I finally made it up to the front of the line. However, I highly doubt this will make much of a difference.

    Why don’t they just bring back literacy tests? This is crazy.