"What we saw November 2"

By Geraldine Sealey
November 12, 2004 2:38AM (UTC)
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People for the American Way is calling for a full investigation into the 2004 election irregularities. In an email to Election Protection volunteers who monitored the polls last Tuesday, PFAW president Ralph Neas urged that volunteers write to their local media and report what they witnessed on Election Day; and also to ask their congresspeople to support a GAO investigation into voting irregularities.

Neas wrote: "Amid the appeals over the last week for a healing of political divisions another call has been muted: the call for a full investigation of the election irregularities documented by Election Protection volunteers and others. We must let our voices be heard by Congress and the media so that evidence and testimony can be secured, examined and, ultimately, used to inform future efforts to protect voters' rights, whether they be a week, a month, or four years down the road."


" ... Public pressure, led by Election Protection volunteers ... is critical in the coming weeks. Simultaneously, PFAW Foundation's Election Protection team is supporting efforts to impound voting machines, or obtain back-up data from machines, in Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Mexico because of reported voting discrepancies and problems. We are also collaborating on public hearings in Ohio to take official testimony and input from voters and volunteers who observed problems there on November 2 (hearing details to follow in a subsequent e-mail). Last but not least, Election Protection attorneys are pursuing challenges to some troubling election incidents, including the failure of elections officials to supply absentee ballots to voters that requested them and the inconsistent application of voter identification and provisional ballot requirements."

Meanwhile, David Cobb and Michael Badnarik, the 2004 Green and Libertarian presidential candidates, have called for a recount in Ohio and for Republican Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell to recuse himself from the process.

Geraldine Sealey

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at Salon.com.

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