Thursday, October 19, 2006

The Feex She Ees, How Joo Say Eet, Een, Como No?

In Ohio, the now-legendary/notorious site of some of the most egregious election fraud and manipulation in recent memory, starting as long ago as 2005, "hundreds of thousands of voters-- mostly urban apartment dwellers (likely black) and students-- who are primarily Democratic-- were sent notifications that they would be purged from the eligible voter lists if they did not respond the letter. But, reportedly, the letter was designed to be easily overlooked, perhaps treated as junk mail. Failure to send in a response caused the voter to be removed from the voting roll. "

This could mean, according to Ohio voting rights activist and attorney Bob Fitrakis, that "the Ohio elections may have already been won" by incumbent Mike Dewine and gubernatorial aspirant Kenneth Blackwell.

Fitrakis, told OpEdNews, "Essentially, by purging these rolls, the Republicans, by shrinking the electorate, have already won in Ohio. IF they can't win, which is what the polls show among registered voters, the way to win is to use their nuclear option-- to target black voters, young voters and the working poor-- by purging them so they can't vote.

"They aren't challenging voter eligibility in Republican areas. This is coming from the Republican Party. They're not targeting their own base. If it follows the pattern from 2004, they will have purged heavily Democratic areas. They will challenge high performance democratic precincts," Fitrakis said.

The attorney/activist says he plans to file suit to win an injunction to have the purged voters restored to the voting rolls. And he encourages other interested parties to join him.

"I would urge the DNC-- the party can't let this stand. They could proceed to Federal court and argue that this is a civil rights case-- against blacks and young people. They could file their own suit. They could join our suit. There are a lot of ways they could do it procedurally. They could intervene as an independent party. They could join our lawsuit. I would welcome any action by them," Fitrakis said.

Whether or not the Ohio Democratic Party does actively seek to re-enfranchise its purged voters will be a measure of how seriously the Party actually wants to contest the Ohio federal election agenda of the GOPhascists...

We may and should regard this as a sample case of one of the ways in which the fascists of the GOP will assuredly attempt to steal the so-called election next month.

And it should also be a salutary, albeit redundant, lesson in the dangers of the centralization of too much knowledge and power in the hands of partisan (and ambitious) elected officials...

3 comments:

confudeforeigner said...

2005? I remember reading a piece in Rolling Stone about huge irregularities in Ohio in the 2004 Presidential election.

I never figured out why it a) wasn't the subject of a challenge by the Democrats and b) why it didn't make more headlines (I've figured the second by now).

confudeforeigner said...

I guess comments around here aren't appreciated?

Forgive me, but that makes you not worth reading in the same way as all the right wingnuts who aren't confident enough in their beliefs to drive them around the block.

What planet do you Americans come from?

Good bye and good luck.

Nancy Willing said...

It smells just like the A-hole in California who targeted immigrants in a threatening letter discouraging their vote, legal or no.

The FBI has been called in to that one. Why not similar treatment for the notorious OH Dept. of Elections??

Someone should devote a website just to this GOPer shit.