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If you want a lawsuit over this, contact the ACLU of Ohio:

Paddy Shaffer


November 10, 2004
CONTACT: Dr. Robert Fitrakis (614) 253-2571
Naina Khanna (347) 528-6023
Amy Kaplan(614) 405-2160

Columbus: Hearings on Widespread Voting
Irregularities that Call Thousands of Votes into

This Saturday, Voters, Elections Officials,
Voting Experts, and Legislators
Unite to Address Systematic Voting "Irregularities"

Faith in our Democracy at Stake

Columbus- Public hearings to investigate voting
irregularities and voter suppression will be held this
Saturday November 13th and in Columbus, Ohio to
address widespread reports of electoral fraud during last
Tuesday's elections. The hearing will feature
testimony by voters from around the state of Ohio,
elections officials, legislators, and national voting
rights/election protection experts. A second hearing will
happen on November 15th.

This week, several news sources, including MSNBC, USA
Today and the New York Times have presented mounting
evidence of electoral fraud in crucial states like
Ohio and Florida. These reports call into question
tens of thousands of votes, and perhaps hundreds of
thousands of votes.
"Every eligible voter has the right to have his or her
vote counted," said Naina Khanna from the League of
Young Voters. "This isn't necessarily about disputing
the results, it's about disputing the process, which
is clearly flawed. We have heard of widespread machine
malfunctions, in addition to the thousands of reports
received of people, particularly first-time voters,
students and people of color facing problems at the

The coalition convening the Ohio hearings includes the
League of Young Voters, People for the American Way
Foundation, and Citizens Alliance for Secure Elections
(CASE-OH) and the Columbus Institute for Contemporary
Journalism. The coalition calls for a complete count
of every ballot cast, as well as thorough
investigations into the origin of each instance of
disenfranchisement, voter suppression, and mechanical
or electronic malfunctions.

WHO: Voters, elections officials, legislators, voting

WHAT: Public hearings on voting irregularities and
voter suppression

WHEN: Saturday November 13, 1-4 PM

WHERE: New Faith Baptist Church, 955 Oak Street,
Columbus, Ohio

Second Hearing

WHEN: Monday November 15, 6:00 - 9:00 PM

WHERE: Courthouse Auditorium (Meeting Room A)
373 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio

Throughout election day and the weeks of early voting,
the Election Protection Coalition, Common Cause, and
the League documented serious violations of voters'
rights, including: inequitable access to voting
machines, machine malfunctions, irregularities with
provisional ballot access, lack of uniform ID
acceptance by poll workers, and inadequate provision
for voters requiring assistance at the polls.

"We have received many reports of voter suppression,
and the Election Protection hotline was overwhelmed
with calls. This must be addressed. Counting each
ballot is not a favor: it's the foundation of our
democracy," said Adrienne Maree Brown, of the League
of Young Voters.

Throughout Election Day, the Election Protection
hotline at 1 (866) OUR VOTE was inundated with calls.
Khanna said the League has also independently
documented irregularities throughout the country,
including Ohio, Missouri, Florida and Wisconsin.

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