27 April 2014

David Cobb and Michael Badnarik, the 2004 presidential candidates for
the Green and Libertarian parties, today announced their intentions to
file a formal demand for a recount of the presidential ballots cast in Ohio.



"Due to widespread reports of irregularities in the Ohio voting process,
we are compelled to demand a recount of the Ohio presidential vote.
Voting is the heart of the democratic process in which we as a nation
put our faith. When people stand in line for hours to exercise their
right to vote, they need to know that all votes will be counted fairly
and accurately. We must protect the rights of the people of Ohio, as
well as all Americans, and stand up for the right to vote and the right
for people's votes to be counted. The integrity of the democratic
process is at stake," the two candidates said in a joint statement.



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.



The Ohio presidential election was marred by numerous press and
independent reports of voter intimidation, mis-marked and discarded
ballots, problems with electronic voting machines and the targeted
disenfranchisement of African American voters. A number of citizens'
groups and voting rights organizations are holding hearings this
Saturday in Columbus, Ohio to investigate voting irregularities and
voter suppression in the Ohio 2004 general election. 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 TBA, from
6-9 p.m.



The Cobb and Badnarik campaigns are in the process of raising the
required fee, estimated at $110,000, for filing for a complete recount.
The campaigns are accepting contributions through their websites. The
Cobb-LaMarche website is votecobb.org. The Badnarik-Campagna contribution page is
badnarik.org.



The Cobb and Badnarik campaigns have displayed a level of cooperation
and civility rarely found in electoral politics. The campaigns jointly
participated in and/or sponsored a series of independent debates. Cobb
and Badnarik were also simultaneously arrested in St. Louis protesting
their exclusion from the restricted, two-party corporate-sponsored debates.



To see an investigative report by Greg Palast, author of "The Best
Democracy Money Can Buy", which asserts that the Ohio vote was
improperly decided, see tompaine.com/articles/kerry_won.php.



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