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Remember Ken Blackwell?  Ken and his cohorts choreographed a comprehensive plan to steal the vote.

He got away with Ohio elections shennanigans.  This can't happen again.  Or can it?

John Conyers investigated the 2004 Ohio Election and specified each item used to steal the 2004 Ohio vote.  Conyer's team detail each and every item of the plan.  His team's report is a Virtual Handbook on How to Steal an Election.  

I read through the report to extract their findings for you.  It was a three-part plan:  Pre-Election, Election Day, and Post Election steps taken to steal the election.

Here's a link to the entire report.  Beneath the orange croissant are the steps taken.  It's really quite brilliant, albeit illegal on so many levels.  And yet, Blackwell and the GOP got away with it.  I thought we should be aware of the tactics, prepare for them, and send a loud, clear message:  Never Again, Not in 2012!

Preserving Democracy:  What Went Wrong in Ohio

The GOP would name the Conyers' report:  What Went Right in Ohio.  Ken Blackwell was their hero.  He now sits on right wing NRA board.

And Blackwell's book The Blueprint: Obama's Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency is a blather.  

You can listen to Blackwell's twisted meaning blather on this Daily Show appearance.  Jon tears up his convoluted thinking. You can listen to Jon for tips on How to Talk to Deluded GOP Talking Points.  This three part conversation is a primer.

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Exclusive - Ken Blackwell Extended Interview Pt. 2

Exclusive - Ken Blackwell Extended Interview Pt. 3

Know the steps that Ken Blackwell took to steal Ohio and begin preparing to insure no State gets away with any of the shennanigans.  Use the list to establish counter measures.

If the list of Steps to Take to Steal an Election that follows is missing any items, let me know.  I will update and add them.

Here is the list of how the Election was compromised from Conyers report.  I look at these findings as a HEADS UP on how the mostly Republican states could try to compromise votes in 2012.  Why not?  They got away with Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004.

Pre-Election Tactics

Restrict provisional ballots

Reject voter registration applications based on paper weight.

Engage in pre-election caging tactics

Organize thousands of partisan challengers concentrated in minority and Dem areas to intimidate voters

Prevent voters who requested absentee ballots but did not receive them on a time basis from being able to receive provisional ballots

Set the vote tally deadline late, delay declaration of results, insuring that time for completing recounts is pushed to a date AFTER the Electoral College meeting.

Give personnel from the company access to their Electronic Voting Machines just prior to election day.

Buy voting machines from companies whose owners are staunch GOP supporters.

Don't clearly let each voter know exactly where they are supposed to go to vote.

Election Day Tactics
Widespread intimidation and misinformation

Send the thousands of partisan challengers chosen prior to election day to concentrated minority and Dem areas to intimidate voters

Declare spoiled ballots, and don't inspect or count them

Use electronic voting machines with a history of transferring votes

Provide inadequate number of voting machines to insure extremely long lines to discourage participation.  This works well for people who have to work.

Tell voters they may cast their ballots in any precinct.

Send voters to the wrong precinct.

Post-Election Tactics
Do not articulate clear and consistent standards for counting provisional ballots, especially in traditionally Democratic voting areas.

Fail to issue specific standards for a recount.

Provide "cheat sheets" to those counting the ballots to avoid doing a county-wide hand recount.

Refuse to initiate investigations.

Leave location where ballots and machines are stored unlocked, unmanned (Greene County, see page 87)

Recommended legislation, see page 101 - 102 to prevent this from happening again.  I don't think any of it got passed.

Like all Bills GOP, the Help America Vote Act could have been called Help Obfuscate Elections to the Favor of the GOP, according to this OPEN CONGRESS REPORT

Scroll down to read the Controversy and implementation section which ends with:

The 2006 election between Vern Buchanan and Christine Jennings was decided by 370 votes. In 17,000 to 18,000 ballots voters did not choose either candidate.

In election administration terminology this is known as an 'undervote' and may indicate a failure of Sarasota counties direct-recording electronic (DRE) voting machines. The Help America Vote Act of 2002 was passed to correct election administration errors, and has yet to alleviate those problems.

In May of 2007 the House Committee on House Administration launched a special task force to investigate the administration of the election.

This year stealing the election can be done very easily.  All the voting machines have to do is NOT record a % of votes in highly Democratic voting areas.  

Seems simple enough to steal the vote to make Obama a one time president, especially if states follow the Handbook created by Ken Blackwell.

Is there cause for concern?  The red states are controlled by GOP Governors who assign control over the election processes:

States Governors 2011

With all the additional pressure to make voting more difficult, can Democrats ever win back these states?  Can we be assured for a legal vote count this year?

Stalin: (quote supposedly verified):

You know, comrades," says Stalin, "that I think in regard to this: I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this — who will count the votes, and how.
This was posted today at the Department of Justice website.  

The Department of Justice will observe Ohio election.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, March 6, 2012

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced today that the Civil Rights Division will monitor elections today in Cuyahoga, Hamilton and Lorain Counties, Ohio.  The monitoring will ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Help America Vote Act of 2002.

Each year, the Justice Department deploys hundreds of federal observers from OPM, as well as departmental staff, to monitor elections across the country.  To file complaints about discriminatory voting practices, including acts of harassment or intimidation, voters may call the Voting Section of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division at 1-800-253-3931.

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  •  my biggest fear of all is a repeat of 2000.....eom (5+ / 0-)
    •  2000 and 2004 (4+ / 0-)

      With the electronic voting machines and the GOP Rubber Stamp Congress written and signed into law

      Help America Vote Act of 2002

      which I couldn't find any successful amendments to since 2002 (if you know of any improvements made, let me know)

      why would anyone have confidence in an honest election process?

      It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

      by War on Error on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 09:45:15 AM PST

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      •  Again, there were almost no electronic machines (2+ / 0-)
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        in use in Ohio in 2004.  Very very very few. They peaked in the 2006 and 2008 elections and many counties are now mothballing them.

        I am in Cuyahoga — Cleveland — and we voted on punchcards in 2004. Sorry to burst that particular conspiracy bubble, but it's just not true. (There were other factors that lead me to believe the election was stolen in Ohio and should have been won by John Kerry, but not that factor).

        Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07.

        by anastasia p on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 09:52:40 AM PST

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        •  you better let google, nyt, and wiki know about (0+ / 0-)

          your conspiracy theory......

        •  Cuyahoga used special tactics (6+ / 0-)

          from the Conyers report, page 56

          In Cuyanoga County, each precinct rotates candidate ballot position.

          Therefore, each ballot must go into a machine calibrated for its own precinct in order for the voter's intent to be counted.

          In these anomalous precincts, ballots were fed into the wrong machine, switching Kerry votes into third party votes.

          This was done on the advice of poll workers who told voters that they could insert their ballots into ANY open machine - and machines were not clearly marked indicating that they would work ONLY for their designated precinct.

          Blackwell refused to investigate.

          It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

          by War on Error on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 10:07:16 AM PST

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          •  That happened with several hundred votes (0+ / 0-)

            and that CLEARLY was pollworker error in an area (i think it was Benedctine HS) where even the "Republican" pollworkers were probably really Democrats. Do you know how many votes are cast in Cuyahoga?  This was just a screw-up not an attempt at stealing votes.

            The "special tactics" used in Cuyahoga (also Franklin County and select college campsues) were pretty simple: under-allocate machines and create 4, 5 and 6 hour lines that people with hourly wage jobs cannot afford to wait in, especially in the icy rain we had that day here.

            Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07.

            by anastasia p on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 11:39:04 AM PST

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            •  Not according to the Conyers report (0+ / 0-)

              I provide links to support the information I present.

              It would be very helpful if you did, too.

              I'm not quite sure why it seems like you are defending Ken Blackwell's election tactics of 2004.

              It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

              by War on Error on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 11:42:54 AM PST

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              •  I have read thousands of pages (0+ / 0-)

                of reports by many people including Conyers since 2005. I don't need to revisit all the research I've been imbibing for years. Only a (relative) handful of voters were flipping in this fashion and ALL were due to pollworker error. There is absolutely no way on earth that Republican operatives for Ken Blackwell went into a heavily Democratic errors and guided pollworkers to send voters to the wrong precinct.

                I am not "defending Ken Blackwell." As usual, I am trying to separate facts from speculation and things that genuinely were innocent screw-ups, so that our entire case isn't dismissed because we're trying to pin things on him he didn't do. I have been doing this now for seven years. I KNOW what Ken Blackwell's 2004 election tactics were and what they weren't. And this wasn't one of them. It would be an incredibly inefficient way to game an election, and he had a much more efficient way at his fingertips: creating long lines and lack of timely access to the voting booth.

                Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07.

                by anastasia p on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 02:20:32 PM PST

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    •  Mine too. (2+ / 0-)
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      They took over Wisconsin, and Michigan .  Once in power, they cannot easily be evicted.  And the party in power will running the elections. We had eight years of Bush because the Republicans counted the votes.  

      Democrats - We represent America!

      by phonegery on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 09:48:33 AM PST

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  •  Biggest issue is that was 2004 ... (2+ / 0-)
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    and the ground rules have changed in dozens of ways, making a majority of the stuff listed irrelevant. What we need is to stop producing lengthy lists of stuff that MIGHT happen or might HAVE happened at some point and look at the reality on the ground. The 2012 reality on the ground in Ohio isn't most of that stuff anymore. (some of it never was like "using electronic machines with a history of transferring votes." How many times do I have to say that only a handful of Ohio counties — maybe 7 or 8 out of 88 — were using electronic machines in 2004, and many counties including mine, Cuyahoga, the largest county in the state, have cycled them out of use?)

    Why didn't you factor in HB 194?

    Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07.

    by anastasia p on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 09:50:46 AM PST

    •  Thanks, Anastasia. (1+ / 0-)
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      Will you provide links?  Time limited here.  Thanks.

      It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

      by War on Error on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 09:56:56 AM PST

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    •  Is this your article? (2+ / 0-)
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      Talk about legislative HB 194 repeal unsettling Submitted by Anastasia Pantsios on Sun, 01/29/2012 - 11:23pm.

      Several state reps. are suggesting an alternative bill, intending to — gasp — make voting easier. (What a novel concept!) Cincinnati's Alicia Reese, Columbus Tracy Maxwell Heard, and Kent's Kathleen Clyde are proposing some changes summarized here:
      They include measures intended to cut down on provisional voting, like requiring poll workers to direct voters to the correct precinct table or polling place, and to let people who have changed their name or address vote on a regular ballot.

      They also propose changes that won't allow ballots to be disqualified on tiny technical errors when it's perfectly clear who the voter intended to vote for, and not allow ballots to be disqualified for things like stray marks.

      They'd restore more access to early voting, and they'd allow student ID and passports to be used as ID at the polls, which they're not now. They'd also permit online voter registration and absentee ballot requests.

      Meanwhile, Senate president Tom Niehaus is unhappy with Husted's suggestion because he says he was caught off-guard and learned about Husted’s proposal from his press release so he's all embarrassed and pissed off. And House speaker Bill Batchelder is wailing that the Democrats’ proposal “encourages chaos” and (ho-hum) “invites voter fraud.”

      Funny, it seemed to us like HB 194 was intended to encourage chaos. And I would like to see Batchelder detail exactly how anything in the Democrats’ proposal “invites voter fraud,” already so rare as to be nonexistent.

      It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

      by War on Error on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 10:12:18 AM PST

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      •  Yes, it is (1+ / 0-)
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        I've written extensively on election integrity, my main issue. The presence of HB 194 on the ballot, and the fact that there will be an education campaign in place on it, could certainly change the landscape. The fact that it cannot take effect for this election, which is what it was intended to do — HB 194 was ALL about stealing this year's presidential election — means they will be looking for other ways to keep Democratic voters away. So we have to be very aware of precisely what they CANNOT do and what they still can do.

        Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07.

        by anastasia p on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 11:42:11 AM PST

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        •  Great article. (0+ / 0-)

          If you were to write a bullet point pamphlet to give to each voter, letting them know some tactics that could be taken and steps to prevent having their votes compromised in ANY way, what items would you list?

          I'm thinking the Conyers conclusions about what happened in 2004 listing what WAS done to compromise votes was a good start.

          I think now is a good time to start teaching voters.

          Thanks, Anastasia.

          It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

          by War on Error on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 11:47:11 AM PST

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  •  Thank you John Conyers et. al. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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  •  They cheat & we don't it's nt (1+ / 0-)
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    War on Error

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 01:08:40 PM PST

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