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Ohio Recount Demand by 3rd Party Prez Candidates

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  • Terry L Parker
    Is it how you vote that counts, or how the votes are counted? -Terry Liberty Parker http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Libertarian FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 11, 2004
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      Is it how you vote that counts, or how the votes are counted?
      -Terry Liberty Parker http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Libertarian


      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      November 11, 2004
      POC:
      Blair Bobier, Cobb Campaign -- 541.929.5755 or 414.364.1596
      Stephen Gordon, Badnarik campaign 256-227-8360 or
      communications@...

      PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES TO DEMAND OHIO RECOUNT

      David Cobb and Michael Badnarik, the 2004 Green and Libertarian
      presidential candidates, today announced their joint intent to secure
      a recount of presidential ballots cast in Ohio.

      "Due to widespread reports of irregularities in Ohio's voting
      process, we are compelled to demand a recount of the Ohio
      presidential vote," the two candidates said in a joint statement.
      "Voting is at the heart of the American political process and its
      integrity must be preserved. When Americans stand in line for hours
      to exercise their right to vote, they need to know that their votes
      will be counted fairly and accurately. We are acting to protect the
      rights of the people of Ohio, and the rights of all Americans. Public
      trust in the democratic process is at stake."

      The candidates also demanded that Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth
      Blackwell, a Republican who chaired the Ohio Bush campaign, recuse
      himself from the recount process.

      Ohio's election proceedings were marred by numerous press and
      independent reports of voter intimidation, mis-marked and discarded
      ballots, problems with electronic voting machines and
      disenfranchisement -- apparently by design -- of African-American
      voters. A number of citizen and voting rights organizations will hold
      hearings this Saturday in Columbus, Ohio to give an airing to, and
      investigate, these claims. The hearings will be held from 1-4 p.m.
      at the New Faith Baptist Church, 955 Oak Street. Voters, poll
      workers, journalists and voting experts are invited to testify. A
      second hearing will be held on Monday at a location to be announced,
      from 6-9 p.m.

      The Badnarik and Cobb campaigns are in the process of raising the
      required fee, estimated at $110,000, for securing a complete recount.
      The campaigns are accepting contributions through their web sites.
      The Badnarik-Campagna website is http://www.badnarik.org The
      Cobb-LaMarche website is http://www.votecobb.org

      Throughout this election cycle, the Cobb and Badnarik campaigns have
      worked together in a spirit of cooperation and civility rarely found
      in electoral politics. The campaigns jointly participated in and/or
      sponsored a series of independent debates, and the two candidates
      were arrested together in St. Louis protesting their exclusion from
      the restricted, two-party corporate-sponsored "debates." Now, as the
      election results remain in question, Michael Badnarik and David Cobb
      are proud to once again act together on behalf of the rights and
      interests of the American people in reaching the truth.

      -30-
      385 words

      References:


      For an article detailing a dozen ways in which the Ohio vote was
      potentially manipulated, see
      http://www.freepress.org/departments/display/19/2004/810

      To see an investigative report which asserts that the Ohio vote was
      improperly decided, see
      http://www.tompaine.com/articles/kerry_won.php

      For a firsthand account of apparent manipulation of third party
      votes, see
      http://knappster.blogspot.com/2004/11/right-before-our-eyes.html




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