Thursday, November 18, 2004

The storm clouds gather in Ohio

First, we learn that mechanical error awarded President Bush 3,893 more votes than he received in an Ohio precinct. Now we find out that local election officials in the Buckeye State double-
counted about 2,600 ballots
, and many people in at least two counties may have voted twice. How many more errors and irregularities and questionable results will it take before anyone other than Keith Olbermann begins to pay attention?

Fortunately, two third-party presidential candidates -- the Green Party's David Cobb and the Libertarian Party's Michael Badnarik -- have joined forces to collect enough money to force a recount in the state that decided the presidential election. With both the Democrats and Republicans maintaining stony silence in the face of growing concerns about the reliability and validity of the election returns in Ohio and a few other states, it's good to see that the little guys are still fighting for the millions of us who value a clean, fair election above all other political concerns.

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