30 April 2014

COLUMBUS - A large rally was held on January 3rd at the Capitol
Theater in the Riffe Center in downtown Columbus.
Organized and sponsored by Jesse Jackson’s
Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, as well as the Green Party,
CASE Ohio, and a variety of other organizations, its
purpose was to keep attention on the many suspicious
irregularities in the Nov 2 elections, and to show that it is necessary for a senator to challenge the
election results on January 6th.



Representatives from the mainstream news media were
drawn to the event, which was officially dubbed the
“Pro-Democracy/Count Every Vote Rally.” Camera crews
from ONN, Channel 10, and Channel 4 were in
attendance. Approximately 500 people were in the
audience, with a large group coming down from
Cleveland.



Many speakers did not stop short of calling the
election an outright fraud.



Jesse Jackson outlined many of the problems that have
been uncovered relating to the election. There were
instances where votes for Kerry changed to Bush, votes
for Kerry faded away, and where votes for Kerry caused
machines to freeze up and reject the ballots. There
were many unbelievable statistics generated by the
computers. Some Democratic precincts had
extraordinarily low voter turnouts, with one precinct
at 7%. Two other precincts showed a 124% voter
turnout, and these results were actually certified by
Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell. There were a
questionably high number of ballots that registered no
vote for president, and some precincts had more votes
for candidates for minor offices than for president.
Ballot spoilage was much more likely for black voters.
Jackson said that in one predominantly black Cleveland
precinct, the rate of ballot spoilage was 50%. In
Warren County, press and observers were locked out
while votes were counted in private. Bush ended up
winning the county by a huge margin. Jackson observed
that all of the “glitches” in the election went in
Bush’s favor, and asked rhetorically, “How is it that
the exit polls in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida are
wrong, but right in the other 47 states?”



Although Jackson called for the rally, it was House
Rep. Stephanie Tubbs-Jones who stole the show. She
urged that people not be distracted by other issues
like social security when the election is the biggest
problem we have to deal with right now. She said that
we cannot have partisan politicians serving as election officials, and stressed that, “If we don’t
deal with this now, the problem isn’t going to go
away.”



She offered several solutions, including early voting
and making Election Day a holiday, and suggested that
people should be allowed to register to vote on
Election Day.



At one point she read from the Cleveland Plain Dealer,
quoting Blackwell’s spokesman Carlo LoParo, “If
Congresswoman Tubbs-Jones wants to make a fool of
herself by speaking at this rally, that is her right,”
then she continued, “That’s right. It is my right, and
it is also my obligation as the only black



Congresswoman from Ohio to step up to the plate and
say, ‘something is wrong. We have to fix it.’”



The crowd exploded to its feet in applause, and in an
endearing moment, her son came on stage and gave her a
supportive kiss on the cheek.



This event was just the latest of a series of protests
and rallies in Columbus. A December 4th rally featured
journalist Greg Palast of the BBC as a speaker, who
showed that the problem of election fraud stems back
to 2000 in Florida, where more than 90,000 mostly
black voters who were wrongfully erased from the
voting rolls have still not regained their right to
vote. There is a pattern forming, and it would seem
that Tubbs-Jones is right in saying that this problem
needs to be dealt with now.



Kat L’Estrange, organizer for donotconcede.com, led
protests on December 12th and 13th, which saw
participants come in from Oregon, Colorado,
California, and Michigan. She says, “We are doing
things we have never done before. The litigation going
on now is unprecedented.”



Rev. Bill Moss has filed a lawsuit in the Ohio Supreme
court asking that the election results be overturned.

Representing him is lawyer Cliff Arnebeck, who spoke
at the January 3rd rally. He says that the court plans
to dismiss this lawsuit after January 6th, on the
basis that the election will be over then, the results
having been approved by congress.



Many speakers encouraged everyone to call senators at
202-224-3121 to encourage them to stand up and
challenge the election results, or to send letters
through PDAmerica.com. Only one senator is needed to
bring a challenge. People were also encouraged to go
to Washington on the 6th to protest, or failing that,
to Lafayette Park in Columbus.



David Cobb, Green Party presidential candidate in
2004, spoke briefly. He said, “The biggest threat to
democracy is the mistaken belief that we actually
practice one.” Cobb was instrumental in pushing for
and funding a recount.



Jackson talked about the problems with the recount in
Ohio. The precincts that were examined were selected
by Blackwell, with only 3% of the ballots being
counted in each one. In addition, election officials
resigned after they allowed Triad and Diebold
employees to reprogram voting machines before the
recount. Jackson summed it up by saying, “The recount
did not recount the votes.”



L’Estange pointed out that “You can’t recount
suppressed votes,” and advocates a revote.



Susan Truitt of CASE Ohio would seem to agree. She
started her speech by saying, “Welcome to the
Ukraine!” and said that the revote there was done
solely on exit poll data.



“Why is it that Warren Mitofsky’s exit polls can be
trusted in foreign countries, but not in the U.S.?”
she wondered.



It has been pointed out that the laws of statistics do
not change when crossing over the United States
border.



The words that will remain in my mind from this event
were spoken by Bob Fitrakis, editor of the Freepress,
and political science professor. This is not just
because they were spoken very loudly, but also because
they seemed to communicate the feelings of many of
those in attendance. “We will not get over this, but
we will overcome.”