Boxer “Seriously Considering” Election Challenge
by MARK GABRISH CONLAN
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer is “seriously considering” joining a challenge by several members of the House of Representatives to the results of the 2004 Presidential election, her press secretary, David Sandretti, said Wednesday morning, January 5. “We’ll know for sure by tomorrow afternoon,” he added.
Local activists in San Diego held sit-ins at Boxer’s office Monday and Tuesday, January 3 and 4, to persuade her to join the challenge. According to a participant, about 20 people showed up for the Monday action and four people were there on Tuesday. They spoke briefly with San Diego-based Boxer staff member Humberto Perata.
The challenge would be based on alleged irregularities in voting in the key state of Ohio, and particularly the use of electronic voting machines made by a company called Triad. Allegations include charges that Triad’s machines could have been hacked and also may have registered votes incorrectly. In one Columbus, Ohio suburb, election officials have acknowledged that electronic voting machines credited Bush with winning 4,258 votes, even though only 638 people voted there.
After the election, Congressmembers John Conyers, Jr., Jerrold Nadler, Robert Wexler, Robert Scott, and Rush Holt wrote to the Government Accountability Office
(GAO) demanding an investigation of irregularities in the 2004 election, especially in Ohio and Florida. They received a reply from the GAO agreeing to move forward on the issue.
Other challenges to Ohio’s election results have been made in the courts by Ohio voters, Ohio Congressmember Dennis Kucinich and Presidential candidates David Cobb (Green Party) and Michael Badnarik (Libertarian Party). Conyers intends to mount a challenge to the Ohio results on the floor of Congress by the deadline — 10 a.m. Pacific time Thursday, January 6 — but according to Congressional rules he needs at least one U.S. Senator to join him.
Senator Boxer’s office may be contacted at the following numbers:
Washington, D.C.: (101) 224-3553
San Francisco: (415) 403-0100
San Diego: (619) 224-3223
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Exciting news! - here's the #s:
Sen Barbara Boxer
600 B Street, Suite 2240
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 239-5719 fax
(202) 224-3553 [DC]
Sen Dianne Feinstein
750 "B" Street,
San Diego, CA 92101
(202) 224-3841 [DC]
Well, the time to have done it was four years ago. That was actually a much more clearcut case than this one. This time around, Bush did a lot better than he did last time. Even if there was fraud in Ohio, Bush still won the popular vote. You'd have to prove a whole lot more instances of fraud to deny him that. So what are you left with? Arguing Kerry should get the Awful Office courtesy of our slaveowner Founding Father's gift of the Electoral College? Pretty f*ckin pathetic if you ask me, not exactly a very palatable progressive crusade. At this point, I'd be happy if these worthless Democratic shits would even be willing to filibuster a single judicial appointment. But they'd better do it soon. Pretty soon, the Republicans we'll take even that power away from them (Huffington, "Will the GOP Nuke the Constitution?", http://www.commondreams.org/views04/1222-29.htm
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