The ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, Representative (D)John Conyers Jr. of Michigan, has been holding inquiries into voter
disenfranchisement during the 2004 election. Now, a sworn testimony from an Elections Official for the state of Ohio has initiated the request.
At issue is the fact that a representative of the company contracted to perform the tabulations made adjustments to the machine after finding out
which counties were to be used for the sample. By Ohio recount rules, if no discrepancy is found in the 3% sample hand count, the rest can then be
counted by only the machine, keeping the overall recount away from the scrutiny of a hand count.
The request for an investigation, made in a letter that was also provided to The New York Times, includes accounts from at least two county
employees, but is based largely on a sworn affidavit provided by the Hocking County deputy director of elections, Sherole Eaton.
Among other things, Ms. Eaton says in her affidavit that a representative of Triad Governmental Systems, the Ohio firm that created and maintains the
vote-counting software in dozens of Ohio counties, made several adjustments to the Hocking County tabulator last Friday, in advance of the state's
recount, which is taking place this week.
Ohio recount rules require that only 3 percent of a county's votes be tallied by hand, and typically one or more whole precincts are selected and
combined to get the 3 percent sample. After the hand count, the sample is fed into the tabulator. If there is no discrepancy, the remaining ballots
can be counted by the machine. Otherwise, a hand recount must be done for the whole county. Ms. Eaton contends that the Triad employee asked which
precinct Hocking County planned to count as its representative 3 percent, and, upon being told, made further adjustments to the machine.
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Tod Rapp, the founder of Triad Governmental Systems, Inc. of Xenia, Ohio, wrote the computer program that tallies the punch-card ballots in the
centralized counting systems used in 41 counties in Ohio. Rapp, whose sons now manage the family run company, is a generous supporter of the
Republican Party and the presidential campaign of George W. Bush.
Together ES&S and Triad GSI count the votes in 80 out of the 88 counties in Ohio. ES&S, however, manages the elections and counts the votes in the
most populous counties of the state.
Some of the interesting things found so far? In Liberty County, for example, registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 11 to one
, but Bush won
the county getting more than six times as many votes
as the county has registered Republican voters.
I am coming around to the idea that the power brokers of the Democratic party are in full collusion in this manipulation of the 2004 Vote....there
seems to be too many anomalies to not be screaming about them.
"Those who cast the votes decide nothing.
Those who count the votes decide everything."
-- Josef Stalin
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[edit on 12-15-2004 by Zion Mainframe]