Thursday, December 09, 2004

Ohio Is Still Burning

Lest you thought Ohio Democrats would take it lying down, here's one more sign to the contrary:

On Wed. Dec. 8th Former Congressman Dan Hamburg and his wife Carrie were arrested at 12 noon while trying to deliver a letter to Sec of State Ken Blackwell. During the press conference (see PR below) Dan and Carrie entered the lobby of the private Borden building at 180 Broad St, where Mr. Blackwell's publicly funded office is on the 16th floor.

They had a letter from the Democratic House Judiciary Committee addressed to Mr. Blackwell asking 34 questions about the Ohio election irregularities. Mr. Blackwell was invited to answer these questions at a hearing at 10 am this morning. Mr. Blackwell was a no show, so we invited him to our press conference outside his office.

Because they were attempting to deliver the letter and a personal invitation to our press conference Dan and Carrie were arrested for trespass. This happened at the same time of the hearing going on in Washington, D.C.

At the hearing today, (two action alert items listed here) in Washington, D.C., new instances of fraud regarding machine voting and voter suppression were detailed that Mr. Blackwell has not answered. The hearing will now be moved to Ohio to gather more evidence.

*Take Action*

On Thursday, Dec. 9th at 11am until 5pm we will picket the Governor's office at 77 S. High St. to demand Dan and Carrie's release and that the Ohio Electors not vote until the recount is finished. We will demand the removal of Mr. Blackwell as Sec. of State for delaying the recount and creating a legal limbo for the Ohio election results. Mr. Blackwell is the real criminal for suppressing the Black and Student vote in Ohio, which is a felony according to Ohio state law, civil rights law and the U.S. Constitution, 14th Amendment.

The Governor is accountable for the conduct of the election in his state and will bear responsibility if there is not a fair recount. He should remove Mr. Blackwell who is not doing his duty to be impartial in overseeing the election and recount and not responding to the US Congress.

Lest anyone forget, all indications are that there was massive voter suppression in this last election. Ohioans are right to fight.


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