Conyers to Hold Hearings on Ohio Vote Fraud
By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t | Report
Friday 03 December 2004
Democratic Representative John Conyers,
Jr. of Michigan, ranking Minority member of the House Judiciary
Committee, will hold a hearing on Wednesday 08 December 2004 to
investigate allegations of vote fraud and irregularities in Ohio during
the 2004 Presidential election. The hearing is slated to begin at 10:00
a.m. EST in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington DC.
Democratic Representatives Melvin Watt
and Robert Scott will also be centrally involved with the hearing. Rev.
Jesse Jackson will be in attendance, along with Ralph Neas (President,
People for the American Way), Jon Greenbaum (Director, Voting Rights
Project, Lawyers Committee For Civil Rights Under Law), Ellie Smeal
(Executive Director, The Feminist Majority), Bob Fitrakis ( The Free
Press), Cliff Arnebeck (Arnebeck Associates), John Bonifaz (General
Counsel, National Voting Institute), Steve Rosenfeld (Producer, Air
America Radio), and Shawnta Walcott (Communications Director, Zogby
International). Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell has been
invited to attend.
The term hearing is technically not
accurate in this matter, as Conyers and his fellow Representatives will
be holding this forum without the blessing of the Republican Majority
leader of the Judiciary Committee. Staffers from the Minority office at
the Judiciary Committee describe the event as a Members Briefing.
That having been said, this event will be a hearing by every meaningful
definition of the word. Expert testimony will be offered, and a good
deal of data on potential fraud previously unreported to the public
will be discussed and examined at length.
The hearing came together thanks to a
confluence of events, and through the work of like-minded individuals
who are deeply concerned about the allegations of vote fraud in the
Ohio Presidential election. Tim Carpenter and Kevin Spidel, along with
other members of Progressive Democrats of America, went to Washington
DC to speak with the Democratic members of the Judiciary Committee
about the need for an investigation into these allegations. They found
Rep. Conyers, his fellow Judiciary Democrats, and their staffers
already working on assembling such an investigation.
The core of what Conyers and his fellow
Minority members will be discussing at this hearing can be found in the
letter below, which was sent by the Minority office to Ohio Secretary
of State Blackwell on 02 December. In the letter, Conyers, along with
Reps. Watt, Nadler and Baldwin, outline a broad and detailed series of
questions and concerns about the manner in which the Ohio election took
I will be traveling to Washington DC to
begin t r u t h o u t coverage of this event on Tuesday night, and we
will keep you posted on further developments as they arise.
William Rivers Pitt is a New York Times
and international bestseller of two books - 'War on Iraq: What Team
Bush Doesn't Want You To Know' and 'The Greatest Sedition Is Silence.'