Blackwell Must Step Aside on Recount
THERE CAN BE NO HONEST RECOUNT IN OHIO UNLESS SECRETARY OF
STATE BLACKWELL STEPS ASIDE
Join the Alliance for Democracy and Common Cause in calling for
Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell to step aside from all
recount-related procedures. And make sure he knows that you are
contacting both Senators from Ohio as well!
If the United States is to be held up as an example of democracy, we
cannot allow our elections to be overseen by blatantly partisan
officials. Blackwell in Ohio in 2004 reflects the same
partisanship as Katherine Harris in Florida in 2000. They both chaired
the President's election committee for their state.
We must hold our democracy to the same standards that the Republican
leadership has demanded of the Ukraine - no tainted elections.
Senator Richard G. Lugar, Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, is
quoted in the New York Times Nov. 23 as saying in reference to
the Ukraine elections:
"A concerted and forceful program of election-day fraud and abuse
was enacted with either the leadership or cooperation of government
And Secretary of State Colin Powell had this to say:
"In a blunt statement, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said
today that the United States could not accept as legitimate a
declaration by Ukraine's Central Election Commission that Prime
Minister Viktor F. Yanukovich was the winner in a presidential
election denounced by the opposition as marked by mass
fraud." New York Times Nov. 24 on the web
Further the New York Times Nov. 24 notes
"The victory for the prime minister, by a margin of nearly 3
percentage points, that was given in official results diverged sharply
from a range of surveys of voters at polling places that gave the
opposition as much as an 11-point lead."
Sound familiar? All too familiar we think!
There can be no honest recount in Ohio unless Blackwell steps
Call, then write Blackwell and cc the Ohio Senators by e-mail.
Surface mail to Congress does not arrive for many weeks!
J. Kenneth Blackwell
Ohio Secretary of State
180 E. Broad St. 16th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
1-877-767-6446 (toll free)
Senator Mike DeWine 202-224-2315 fax 224-6519
Senator George Voinovich 202-224-3353 fax 228-1382
If you have time, it would be excellent to also call your own
Senators and express your concern. You can call the
Capitol Switchboard 202-224-3121 or 1-800-839-5276 to be connected to their