Green & Libertarian Presidential Candidates to Demand Ohio Recount
GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA NEWS RELEASE
For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004
Cres Vellucci, State Press Office, 916-996-1970,
Beth Moore Haines, GPCA Spokesperson, 530-277-0610,
Sara Amir, GPCA Spokesperson, 310-270-7106,
David Cobb and Michael Badnarik, the 2004 presidential
candidates for the Green and Libertarian parties, today announced their
intentions to file a formal demand for a recount of the presidential
ballots cast in Ohio.
"Due to widespread reports of irregularities in the Ohio
voting process, we are compelled to demand a recount of the Ohio
presidential vote. Voting is the heart of the democratic process in
which we as a nation put our faith. When people stand in line for hours
to exercise their right to vote, they need to know that all votes will
be counted fairly and accurately. We must protect the rights of the
people of Ohio, as well as all Americans, and stand up for the right to
vote and the right for people's votes to be counted. The integrity of
the democratic process is at stake," the two candidates said in a joint
The candidates also demanded that Ohio Secretary of State
Kenneth Blackwell, a Republican who chaired the Ohio Bush campaign,
recuse himself from the recount process.
The Ohio presidential election was marred by numerous press
and independent reports of voter intimidation, mis-marked and discarded
ballots, problems with electronic voting machines and the targeted
disenfranchisement of African American voters. A number of citizens'
groups and voting rights organizations are holding hearings this
Saturday in Columbus, Ohio to investigate voting irregularities and
voter suppression in the Ohio 2004 general election. The hearings will
be held from 1-4 p.m. at the New Faith Baptist Church, 955 Oak Street.
Voters, poll workers, journalists and voting experts are invited to
testify. A second hearing will be held on Monday at a location TBA,
from 6-9 p.m.
The Cobb and Badnarik campaigns are in the process of
raising the required fee, estimated at $110,000, for filing for a
complete recount. The campaigns are accepting contributions through
their websites. The Cobb-LaMarche website is http://www.votecobb.org.
The Badnarik-Campagna contribution page is https://badnarik.org.
The Cobb and Badnarik campaigns have displayed a level of
cooperation and civility rarely found in electoral politics. The
campaigns jointly participated in and/or sponsored a series of
independent debates. Cobb and Badnarik were also simultaneously
arrested in St. Louis protesting their exclusion from the restricted,
two-party corporate-sponsored debates.
To see an investigative report by Greg Palast, author of The
Best Democracy Money Can Buy, which asserts that the Ohio vote was
improperly decided, see http://www.tompaine.com/articles/kerry_won.php.
For an article detailing a dozen ways in which the Ohio vote
was potentially manipulated, see
The Green Party of California
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Phone: (916) 448-3437