Triad Systems and Ohio Recount

From: Jeff Almeida <spud_at_spudzeppelin_dot_com>
Date: Thu Dec 23 2004 - 13:56:53 CST

Just got the following forwarded on a Dem. list I'm on...

ja :)

----- Forwarded message -----

Kerry to Enter Ohio Recount Fray
 By William Rivers Pitt
 t r u t h o u t | Report

 Thursday 23 December 2004

 2004 Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry will file today, in the
United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, papers in
support of the Green Party/Libertarian Party recount effort. Specifically,
Kerry will be filing a request for expedited discovery regarding Triad
Systems voting machines, as well as a motion for a preservation order to
protect any and all discovery and preserve any evidence on this matter.

 Triad Systems has come under scrutiny recently after Sherole Eaton, deputy
director of elections for Hocking County, swore out an affidavit in which
she described her witnessing the tampering of electronic voting equipment by
a Triad representative. Rep. John Conyers, the ranking minority member of
the House Judiciary Committee, has requested an investigation into this
matter by the FBI and the Hocking County prosecutor.

 Truthout will have more on this specific Triad allegation later in the

 Previously, the Green Party and Libertarian Party have not fared well in
their efforts to get emergency orders regarding this matter in Ohio. In
order to pass muster with a judge, the individual or group requesting an
emergency order for such a recount must show both irreparable harm as well
as a substantial chance for success on the merits. While Green and
Libertarian representatives have been able to show irreparable harm, they
could not establish a substantial chance for success on the merits, because
no recount would deliver Ohio to either party.

 Kerry's entry into this recount effort changes the math on this matter
dramatically. He can likewise show irreparable harm, and unlike the Green
and Libertarian candidates, he can also prove a substantial chance for
success on the merits because he lost the Ohio vote by a statistical

 It should be noted that Kerry's filing of these requests does not indicate
his complete entry into the recount process, but does clearly indicate that
he is moving decisively in that direction. His previous stance on the matter
was based simply on his desire to defend the right to have a recount in the
first place. The evidence of election tampering in Ohio, specifically
surrounding Triad, has motivated him to actively join the fight. The
Democratic Party is also quietly putting financial resources into the Ohio
recount effort.

 Perhaps the most significant aspect of all this, from the activist point
of view, has been the effectiveness of the telephone calls and letters to
Kerry. The activist push to get him involved had a very significant effect
on his decision to enter this effort. Likewise, calls to other Senators in
order to convince them to join House members in challenging the election
have likewise had significant effect. If such an effort continues, the
activists involved will very likely see the desired result unfold.

----- End forwarded message -----

"Modern technology is already in use that makes electronic voting possible, 
 with accurate and almost immediate tabulation and with paper ballot printouts 
 so all voters can have confidence in the integrity of the process." -J.Carter
Jeff D. "Spud (Zeppelin)" Almeida                              Corinth, TX, US
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