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Ohio Republicans Turn Voting Feud Into an Ad

By Mary Pat Flaherty
The Ohio Republican Party launched Tuesday a radio ad that opens with the sound of a ticking clock and asks, "Could Ohio's election be stolen?"

In suggesting that "many" voting registrations in the state "may be fraudulent," the 60-second spot cites the case of a Cleveland man who has told election officials and news reporters that he signed multiple registration cards in exchange for cigarettes. The ad says that the man was "bribed to register 72 different times and vote illegally."

Mike West, a spokesman for the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in Cleveland, said Tuesday that the board has uncovered 80 registration cards with Freddie Johnson's name on them that were submitted since January, "but he has never voted. ... We have no record of him ever voting."

Ohio Republicans have said in court briefs that fraudulent registration forms raise fears that fraudulent voting could occur.

The ad berates Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner (D) for allegedly ignoring problems with voter registrations and "concealing evidence." The ad will run throughout the state, as many as 20 times a day in some locations through Nov. 4.

Asked about the spot, Kevin Kidder, a spokesman for Brunner, said, "We are not going to dignify it with a response."

Brunner and the Ohio GOP have been locked in lawsuits for more than a month, including one decided last week by the U.S. Supreme Court. That unanimous ruling blocked a Republican challenge of Brunner's decisions about a statewide voter registration database required under federal election law.

The ad's reference to "concealing evidence" appears to point to county-by-county lists of new voters whose personal information does not match their records in Social Security or state driver's license databases. Ohio Republicans had sought the lists to challenge voters, but Brunner refused the request. Republicans then went to court, seeking an order for lists, so that county elections officials could more easily access mismatched voter names.

Brunner has said in court filings that, while as many as 200,000 voters do not match, numerical errors or misspellings could explain many of the discrepancies. She also said that producing the lists would be chaotic so close to Nov. 4.

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Thanks for your service.

John McCain voted with President Bush against the new GI Bill.

I know you're on his side.
Are you sure he's on your side?

Posted by: JohnQuimby | October 29, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

sonnychiba72 spewed: "The Third Movement"

"The Third Reich Movement" more like.

You are so "Right-Wing" that if you were anymore right you'd traverse into another dimension.


McCain and the "VICTORY" shame game

McCain and the Republicans bring dishonor to our troops by applying the "Victory/Defeat" label to Iraq.

Our troops have followed their orders and have served with honor and dignity in Iraq. To add this polarizing label is to add the burden of shame to the backs of troops that already have suffered enough. As a Vietnam vet, McCain should know what the vets of that era went through when they came home and were labeled losers.

General Patraeus himself said he'd "Never Declare Victory" in this interview on 9/11/08 of all days!

McCain is wrong and just doesn't get it-- he should be ashamed.

Save our Country and Constitution from the Republican Reich


Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 29, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

The Third Movement. We are neither Democrat or Republican. We are The Third Movement.
The liberal media can push Obama down the throats of Americans all they want but it doesn't mean all are buying their product. We aren't buying it.

The many patriotic members of our proud US Military and their family members have been forgotten in this election but we have not forgotten Obama. We know that Obama has already sold us out and he will sell us out again in the future. Our voice cannot be counted in the polls but our vote will be counted on November 4th.

We have bled, we have died on the battle fields of Iraq, in Afghanistan and in other places around the world in this Century alone. Obama wants us to lay our arms down and give up what thousands of us have died for but it won't happen.

Obama, Pelosi, and Reid will try to make the defending of our Constituition of none effect by changing it to suit their Party agenda.

From Bunker Hill to the Alamo, from Gettysburg to San Juan, from Somme to Iwo Jima, from the Inchon Peninsula to the Mekong Delta, from Lebanon to Kuwait, from Baghdag to Kabul, WE have defended America and our Constitution. On November 4th, we will continue to defend it. Many of us have already voted from abroad.

From Pearl Harbor to Bremerton, from San Diego to Lackland, from Barksdale to Jacksonville, from Norfolk to Camp Lejuene, from Quntico to Newport, from New London to Great Lakes, from Fort Riley to Presidio, we will not stand down but we stand shoulder to shoulder in this election.

We have voted for or we will vote John McCain for the preservation of the United States of America.

Posted by: sonnychiba72 | October 29, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

mypostid7 spewed "ACORN AND OBAMA are the most corrupt enities this country"

Another "Fair and Balanced" opinion.

Turn off FOX SPEWS and your reich-wing-extremist-radio, and grow your own brain.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 29, 2008 7:30 AM | Report abuse

Honestly, you people can't possibly believe that the Democrats have clean hands in this election. It is common knowledge that the voter rolls are the "new" registrants ballots can be filled out by Democratic operatives. ACORN AND OBAMA are the most corrupt enities this country has ever seen.

The chaos caused by this fithy bunch have created the false momentum in the polls... If McCain wins they threaten riots.

We have become a bannana republic all in the name of Dear Leader Barack Obama.

Posted by: Mypostid7 | October 29, 2008 4:56 AM | Report abuse

Unlike other states, Pennsylvania doesn't have a voter paper receipt indicating their vote, nor does it have a manditory audit of machines.

No wonder McCain thinks he can "win" Pensylvania.

I hope the republican's don't think we're going to roll over and play dead this time. They try to steal this election and they will live to regret it.

Posted by: Mysticalsister | October 29, 2008 4:45 AM | Report abuse

If anyone is going to try to steal this election it will be the republicans. Obama doesn't have to steal what he already owns.

Posted by: Mysticalsister | October 29, 2008 4:42 AM | Report abuse

The issue of ballot manipulation keeps coming back. It is time to take this argument off the back burner and finally get it fixed. The Federal Government should mandate uniform voting apparatus that can not be manipulated. It would be appropriate to take some of the millions spent on election campaigns offset some of the costs involved. Why do American have to fear constantly that corruption can effect their lives in so many unthinkable ways. Why do Americans most suspect their leader have tendencies to cheat, steal and lie. We have looked at other countries and said that their governments are elitist and the people subservient. It is my opinion that America has been blind that those we allow with privilege to lead our country seem to think that once they are elected that they don’t have to play by the rules anymore. I still can not understand why so much money is spent to get elected if the job pays so little or maybe the politicians know that the salary is just a front and the real money is made behind closed doors.

Posted by: scpd2555 | October 29, 2008 2:18 AM | Report abuse

Ohio conservatives doing what they do best......lying.
Scaring people isn't going to work.
Disinformation and lies won't work.
Slander and gutter politics won't work.
People have their own minds and will make their own decisions despite what tactics the GOP machine employs.
Fear will not decide this election.
Down the toilet you go on tuesday.

Posted by: tommyd60 | October 29, 2008 1:46 AM | Report abuse

Ohio conservatives doing what they do best......lying.
Scaring people isn't going to work.
Disinformation and lies won't work.
Slander and gutter politics won't work.
People have their own minds and will make their own decisions despite what tactics the GOP machine employs.
Fear will not decide this election.
Down the toilet you go on tuesday.

Posted by: tommyd60 | October 29, 2008 1:42 AM | Report abuse


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Posted by: DrainYou | October 29, 2008 12:58 AM | Report abuse

Google Mike Connell and Stephen Spoonamore. Connell is under investigation for election fraud and linked to the problems in the Ohio general election in 2004. Spoonamore has recently informed the Justice Department that Connell used a "Man in the Middle" setup to route electronic returns data to a different computer where it was manipulated before being reported.

See Mark Crispin Miller interviewed by Amy Goodman, at Democracy Now!, October 22, 2008. The transcript is online. According to Miller, Republicans are trying to establish the narrative by which an "upset" can be explained in the mainstream media, i.e. the Bradley Effect and Voter Fraud. Check it out and demand that your representatives investigate.

If McCain wins this election, it will be because it was fixed. His certainty about winning Pennsylvania and Virginia is suspect.

Posted by: margdillon | October 29, 2008 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Republicans know they are going to lose the election and will claim voter fraud when it is them being thwarted from suppressing voter turnout.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 28, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

If there is that many clerical errors, fire the staff that entered them. I usr would not hire them.

Not enough time... give me a break, or better yet, I do freelance programming. Give me the computer and the files, and you will have a list way before Nov 4th.

Posted by: nomad2003 | October 28, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Wrong Headline.

Should read:

Ohio Republicans Turn Voting Fraud Into an Industry.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | October 28, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Washington Post should investigate enclosed video....To me this is far more potentially damaging and possibly why McCain is confident in certain states. It also lends logic to the Bradley effect and skewed exit polls.

Posted by: janefree0513 | October 28, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

The Republican voter suppression effort in Ohio wont amount to a hill of beans....Obama will win the election even if he loses Ohio.


Posted by: toritto | October 28, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

There is no doubt that the republicans could do it. they are trying as hard as they can...

I wonder how many voters this ad of their will suppress?

It goes without saying that in the last 30 years there were only 4 documented cases of VOTER fraud. but MILLIONS upon MILLIONS of stolen votes in ELECTION fraud perpetrated by republicans. They stole 3 million in 2000, in 2004 it was about 4.5 million... This year estimates are the republicans will steal more than 7 million votes.

There is something we can do in ohio at least, and that is VOTE. and make sure everybody you know votes!

it is harder for the republicans to steal when so many people vote, which is why they limit hours, send too few machines to voting precincts and use tactics like this ad to scare people away.

Don't let them steal another election!

They haven't won the white house legally since 1988, and this time around they won't win either, but this time we must not let the steal it once again! VOTE!

Posted by: dkliman | October 28, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Greg Palast has some interesting stories on election fraud.

Posted by: rooster54 | October 28, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't surprise me at all if there was voter fraud in Ohio. The Republicans have done it before, and they'll do it again.

Karl Rove STOLE the election if 2000 and 2004, with dirty tricks, manipulation, and ouright fraud.

Remember that the CEO of Diebold, which makes the electronic voting machines, guaranteed a Bush win in Ohio in 2004.

In 2000, Florida, a state governed by Bush's brother, became the deciding state, and the decision was ultimately rendered by the supreme court, many of the judges were appointed by Bush's father.

Republicans are long-time supporters of fraud, and since McCain has hired the same Bush teams to handle his campaign, I suspect there will be lots of dirty tricks played on election day.

Posted by: techrat | October 28, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

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