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Tuesday, August 8

26 Days Left to Save 2004 Ballots

When I spoke briefly to secretary of state candidate Jennifer Brunner (D-Columbus) after her appearance at the Solon Community Center yesterday, we talked about the role that she and attorney general candidate State Sen. Marc Dann (D-Youngstown) might play in investigating voter fraud in the 2004 election if the two of them are elected this fall. She remarked that a pressing issue on that front is preservation of the 2004 paper ballots, which under Ohio law may be discarded by Boards of Election around the state on or after September 3, 2006.

The photograph above, from SaveTheBallots.org, shows a ballot box from Darke County, with a sticker that reads "GENERAL 11-02-04, FEDERAL BALLOTS, Destroy 09-03-06." It's outrageous and frightening to think that such critical evidence could be cavalierly destroyed, but that is exactly what will happen if the Boards are not stopped. The Columbus Institute for Contemporary Journalism, a nonprofit organization that sponsors the Columbus alternative newspaper The Free Press, is collecting tax-deductible donations to support their campaign to stop the destruction of the ballots. For additional information about the Save the Ballots campaign, email info-at-savetheballots-dot-org. To make a contribution, click here.


At 10:24 AM, Blogger Jill said...

So ordinary citizens must retain all kinds of other records that no one will ever ask for for light years, while ballots only last for two? Crazy.

At 2:01 PM, Blogger redhorse said...

Why aren't those stored digitally? Why for only two years? Hell, poor credit sticks around longer than that.

Is the destruction rule a state law or federal? HAVA?

Okay, so I need to look into this more, no? :)

At 4:21 PM, Anonymous Eric said...

I believe you get 10 Hickman points for this post. I probably only get 5 since u tipped me. (just kidding dave, seriously...no email wars!)


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