Remembering the 2005 Challenge of the Ohio Electoral Votes
Columbus, OH — A year has passed since Ohio Rep. Stephanie Tubbs-Jones and California Sen. Barbara Boxer had the courage to question the Ohio Electoral College vote when Congress convened on January 6, 2005 to certify the outcome of the November 2004 election. Building on the momentum of the grassroots recount movement spearheaded by the Green and Libertarian parties after John Kerry failed to report for duty to protect our votes, the challenge will go down in the record books as an official reminder that George Bush and his handlers did not win the 2004 election fair and square.
So many of us were galvanized by the recount process to show the world that justice had not been served in Ohio and elsewhere. Rep. John Conyers and the Congressional Black Caucus, the National Voting Rights Institute, Progressive Democrats of America, CASE Ohio, Common Cause, the Alliance for Democracy, the Free Press, and thousands of other groups across the nation filed lawsuits, took depositions, went to the 88 county elections offices, and did everything in our power to stop the "re-election" of George Bush.
As Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman documented in their book, Did George W. Bush Steal America's 2004 Election?, any third-world election that was as rife with fraud and theft as was Ohio's in November 2004 would have been declared invalid by international observers.
Bob Fitrakis, Anita Rios and Tim Kettler were three of the leading activists in the Ohio recount struggle a year ago. To help them mount a successful campaign in 2006, and to send a signal that you do not concede the 2004 election given the many ways it was tainted, please consider making a contribution in the amount of $20.05 today.
Press inquiries for quotes or interviews about the 2005 recount and challenge should be directed to Ohio Green Party Media Relations Representative Russ Buckbee at 330-562-4637 or email@example.com.
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