Haunted by Ohio

Published December 10, 2004 11:18PM (EST)

For numerous grassroots activists, and even for some high-profile politicians, the 2004 presidential election is far from over. From the Associated Press today:

"Concerns persist about the integrity of the nation's voting system -- particularly in Ohio, where details continue to emerge of technology failures, voter confusion and overcrowded polling stations in minority and poor neighborhoods. Few mainstream politicians dispute Bush's victory, and the incumbent's 3.5 million-vote margin nationwide was wider than any of the reported problems, which included insufficient or incomplete provisional ballots and, in some places, brazen partisan shenanigans.

"But that is not stopping a disparate assortment of personalities -- prominent among them Democratic congressman John Conyers Jr. of Michigan, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and presidential candidates of the Green and Libertarian parties -- from questioning the accuracy of certified results and demanding investigations."

Ray Beckerman, a lawyer and activist from New York City, has devoted his blog to the continuing campaign to investigate election fraud in Ohio. Beckerman says he believes "the evidence is overwhelming that the election in Ohio was stolen." Whether or not that's a valid conclusion at this point, there is undoubtedly enough evidence of systemic problems and possible wrong doing -- and a long list of unanswered questions -- to merit vigorous investigation. Beckerman's blog is a clearinghouse of information on the topic, including a list of upcoming events in Ohio and elsewhere, for anyone interested in getting further involved.

By Mark Follman

Mark Follman is Salon's deputy news editor. Read his other articles here.

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