Skip to comments.Ohio Electors Vote Despite Challenge
Posted on 12/13/2004 11:54:37 AM PST by West Coast Conservative
The Ohio delegation to the Electoral College cast its votes for President Bush on Monday, hours after dissident groups asked the state Supreme Court to review the outcome of the state's presidential race.
The 20 GOP electors voted unanimously for Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.
"The vast majority of people understand this election is over," said Gov. Bob Taft, who was at the electors' voting session in the state Senate chamber.
The challengers who went to the Supreme Court question whether Bush won the key swing state by 119,000 votes, guaranteeing his victory over Democrat John Kerry.
The court did not act on their request before the electors cast their ballots.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson and attorney Cliff Arnebeck of the Massachusetts-based Alliance for Democracy accused President Bush's campaign of "high-tech vote stealing."
Jackson said the challengers noticed Bush generally received more votes in counties that use optical-scan voting machines and questioned whether the machines were calibrated to record votes for Bush.
The dissidents claim there were disparities in vote totals for Democrats, too few voting machines in Democrat-leaning precincts, organized campaigns directing voters to the wrong polling place and confusion over the counting of provisional ballots by voters whose names did not appear in the records at polling places.
If the court decides to hear the challenge, it can declare a new winner or throw out the results.
"While the existence of anomalies could possibly be explained by human error or technical malfunctions, the fact that, in every case in Ohio known to the contestors, the error favored the Bush-Cheney ticket, strongly indicates manipulation or fraud," the challengers said in a court filing.
Protesters had been expected to demonstrate outside the Capitol during the Electoral College vote, but none was present.
Congressional Democrats sent a letter to the governor on Monday, asking him to delay the electoral vote or at least consider the results unofficial until the disputes are resolved.
"The vote is required to move forward by law, and it will more forward," said Taft spokesman Orest Holubec. "The vote has been certified by the secretary of state, and all of the valid provisionals have been counted."
Carlo LoParo, spokesman for Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, said that for the challengers' accusations to be true, he said, officials of both parties would have had to conspire to throw the election.
"That's simply a ridiculous assertion," he said.
Led by a coalition representing the Green and Libertarian parties, the dissidents are paying for recounts in each of Ohio's 88 counties that will begin this week. The recounts are not expected to be complete until next week.
Kerry issued a statement last week saying reports of voting problems should be investigated to ensure there are no doubts in future elections. His campaign does not dispute that Bush won the election, but supports the recounts.
What's happening over in DUmmy land?
For some, she will never sing. But I'm glad this is proceeding as it should.
I still think the Republicans should NEVER let their guard down, because even after the inauguration I wouldn't be surprised if some Democrats didn't keep some accuasations simmering, just to cripple the President.
Then again, that might backfore on the Dems too, like everything else seems to . . . :)
Somebody send this to the DUMbasses...along with some rusty razor blades.
'dissident groups?' Can't we just be honest and call them looney lib moonbats..
My only question is, how did they find out? Whoever is leaking this stuff to them ought to get a beating.
My fault.. I like to tease the DU.. However it does not take much to tease them.. /sarcasm
There will be NO joy in DUmmieville tonight.
With a little help from Karl Rove of course. MUWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!
The all powerful Karl Rove...
Love this line - isn't it soooooooo Kerry-ish? And he thought he could lead the most powerful country in the world.....sigh.
That campaign was run by Moveon.org to misdirect Bush voters away from the proper polling places. Physician heal thyself.
Give me a break. Carrie Spencer, are you really that dumb?
Sure thing, sunshine! Oh, by the way, the disputes have already been resolved.
that should read more like: "Hypocrite scr*w yourself".
The DU idiot-crew thinks NOW a recount can begin- wait, NOW a re-vote can be done. Yes, they think Ohio will 'throw out' the election results and a re-vote will put it all right for them. Amazing.
The Fat Lady sang, took a bow, a curtain call, a shower and is now wolfing down the groaning board at Scandia.
Sure they do, but they will give it to us as soon as they prove their allegations about Florida 2000.
One thing I don't understand; when does Jesse Jackson get his check ?
We actually used mind-control. Democrats went to the polls and unconsciously cast their vote for Bush. Got the idea from the Spongebob Movie.
This will be great dinner conversation to make moderate Democrats feel embarrased for being Democrats.
Is that anything like a 'high-tech lynching, reverend?
Is it wrong to take advantage of the simple?
Was just over there from a link on another thread.It is hard not to have a little pity for them but than I remember stupidity is born in someone,ignorance is willingly accepted.
It's so over.
on behalf of myself and all Bush supporters, I would just like to thank the Libertarian and Green parties for killing two birds with one stone:
1) contributing to the shredding of the "Democratic" Party
2) further undermining their own credibility as "independent" "alternative" "third" parties. Pat Buchanan destroyed the Reform Party in 2000, and the US Labor Party was self-immolated by Lyndon LaRouche in 1976, when he tried to get a recount in, hmm, maybe Kentucky? Basically on behalf of the defeated Ford.
2006 - defeat Hillary in particular, and all other Dims in general
2008 - further increase the Republican majority in the Congress, and win the White House
"If the court decides to hear the challenge, it can declare a new winner or throw out the results. "
Uhhh! No it can't.
Kofi and Kojo are sending it FedEx!
Well, don't let this get outside FR, but my neighbor's dentist's second cousin lives in Columbus, and said his mailman says there's an affidavit filed by a guy nobody's ever heard of that asserts that an unnamed poll worker might have seen a voter complain that a machine changed his vote. And that means the election might be overturned!!
But don't panic. Karl Rove is personally visiting the unnamed poll workers house right now, and using his hypnotic powers to convince the poll worker that it was actually a disguised alien trying to stir up trouble here on Earth to pave the way for their invasion.
I think there's only one good way to solve this for good. Let's have a presidential boxing match. Let GW kick Kerry's a$$ all over the ring and give him a good 'ol KO. Maybe when he has no teeth left they'll agree that it's over.
Love the pic....says it all...
This whole "Ohio vote fraud" campaign is just a thinly-disguised fundraiser for Jesse Jackson. By making people think he's still relevant, Jackson can continue to dupe people into sending cash to his organization.
Good idea but let's make it fairer. They box first and have a windsurfing contest second. May the best man win!
The Dummies are whining that the Peterson verdict has been timed in order to divert MSM attention from this matter. Seriously, they have an entire thread about this "conspiracy". Morons!
When the electors vote, that's it if I remember my lessons from civics class correctly. As I understand it, the electorial college actually can vote how they like, no matter the outcome. They could have voted for Kerry.
Spelling correction. That's DUlusional.
Nothing anyone can do until Jan 5 when the certification will be complete!
Didn't you know? The jury members of the Petersen case are part of the VRWC!
It seems obvious that the Ohio Supreme Court isn't enchanted with this ludicrous challenge. I hate that it's getting so much coverage.
Who in the world do these people think they are??? Bush/Cheney won by nearly 120,000 votes!!! That's a HUGE margin. This year we've had recounts in North Carolina, New Hampshire and Washington State - there were NO major changes in the vote from those recounts, so we shouldn't expect any from this waste of taxpayer's money recount, either. It's really frustrating.
Really, my friends 5th cousin told me that the people in Ohio was forced to vote for Bush by gunpoint!!!!
There all pi$$ed over at DU cuz they were called "dissidents"
Great thread. Everyone should visit it. Fools! My post:
Damn those jurors! I wonder how they got to all 12 of them in order for them to deliver this verdict at this critical moment? No doubt this has been planned since jury selection back in June? Or worse...do you think this may have been Peterson's motive in killing his wife and UNBORN CHILD. Wow, these bastards will stop at nothing..
There go my DU posting privlidges! What shall I do now?
Put Jesse Jackson et al in the vast minority who will never let this rest. I guess the new wave of all upcoming presidential elections is to find a state and scream "voter fraud!"
Florida and Ohio have already been used - that leaves 48 states and 48 more presidential elections to go as fodder for these raving lunatics.