Betreff: FORUM FOR DISCLOSURES vote machines given to white people/ taken from blacks: OH
Von: "Marsha V. Hammond, PhD, Licensed Psychologist"
Datum: Thu, 18 Nov 2004 13:17:37 -0500



OH: BLACK COMMUNITIES  HAD  VOTING  MACHINES  MOVED AND
STOOD IN LINES FOR HOURS OR HAD TO GIVE  UP  WHILE RICH  WHITE  PEOPLE  EASILY  VOTED

As Ken Urban of Counterpunch and Bob Fithrakis of the Columbus Free Press have reported, Franklin County Ohio gives the clearest example of how election officials in Ohio boosted Republican vote tallies and suppressed Democratic totals. They just distributed the voting machines so that wealthy white Republicans could vote efficiently and working class black Democrats had to wait for hours to vote, as did college students and many other people in Democratic areas.



Document reveals Columbus, Ohio voters waited hours as election officials held back machines
November 16, 2004

Jeff Graessle, Franklin County Election Operations Division Manager, told the Citizen’s Alliance for Secure Elections (CASE) Ohio voting rights activists that Franklin County does not use a simple 100 votes per machine guideline. Rather, they allocated their machines in the 2004 election based on a new criteria determined by ACTIVE registered voters. Hence, an affluent area like Upper Arlington which has shown a consistent pattern of voters is rewarded with more machines and fewer losses. A less affluent area of Columbus where voters miss voting at more elections and may only come out in a hotly tested election, like Bush-Kerry, are punished with fewer machines.

Of course, there’s a direct correlation between affluence and votes for Bush and below medium income areas and votes for Kerry. Franklin County, Ohio’s formula served to disenfranchise disproportionately poor, minority and Democratic voters under the guise of rewarding the “likely” voter or active registered voters.

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Bob Fitrakis is a Professor in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department at Columbus State Community College. He has a Ph.D in Political Science and a J.D. from The Ohio State University Law School. He is the author of seven books, an investigative reporter, and Editor of the Columbus Free Press (freepress.org). He has won ten major investigative journalism awards including Best Coverage of Politics in Ohio from the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists. He served as an international election observer in the 1994 presidential elections in El Salvador and was the co-author and editor of the report to the United Nations. He served as legal advisor for eight polling locations on Columbus' Near East Side for the Election Protection Coalition.