Hearings to Begin Next Wednesday! This Round Focusing on Ohio!
*** A BRAD BLOG EXCLUSIVE! ***
By Brad Friedman on 12/3/2004, 11:56am PT  

As reported exclusively last night on The BRAD BLOG, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee Democrats have minutes ago officially issued a press release announcing public hearings will be held on the Hill next week in regards to Voting Irregularities in Ohio.

Witness to testify (detailed below) include the three names mentioned in our report last evening, along with many other notable players in this saga.

The full text of the "Press Advisory" is at the bottom of this item.

As well, The BRAD BLOG can further report that Judiciary Committee staffers are working on additional investigation concerning matters in Ohio and other states. Details will be forthcoming, including additional supplemental material added to the thorough 15-page letter sent yesterday to Ohio Sec. of State J. Kenneth Blackwell requesting explanations for the many troubling reports of voting irregularities and tabulation in the Buckeye State. (See this previous BRAD BLOG article for detailed excerpts of that original letter.)

PRESS ADVISORY

Congressman John Conyers, Jr.
Fourteenth District, Michigan
Ranking Member, Committee on the Judiciary
Dean, Congressional Black Caucus

------------FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 3, 2004
CONTACT: Dena Graziano (202) 226-6888

CONYERS AND OTHER CONGRESSMEN TO HOLD FORUM ON VOTING IRREGULARITIES IN OHIO

Rep. John Conyers, Jr. and other Representatives will be holding the first congressional forum on election irregularities in Ohio, the pivotal state in the presidential election. The forum will include leading advocates, election experts and investigators who have reviewed the myriad of election day and recount problems in Ohio, as well as numerous individuals who experienced problems and outright disenfranchisement on election day. Among other things, the forum, which is open to the public, will concentrate on many of the issues raised in letters from Ranking Member Conyers and other Members to Kenneth Blackwell (http://www.house.gov/jud.../ohblackwellltr12204.pdf).

WHAT:
"Preserving Democracy - What went wrong in Ohio?"

WHEN:
Wednesday, December 8th @ 10:00am

WHERE:
2237 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.

WHO:
Rep. John Conyers, Jr.
Rep. Melvin Watt
Rep. Robert Scott
Rev. Jesse Jackson, Founder Rainbow Push Coalition
Kenneth Blackwell, Ohio Secretary of State (invited)
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
Warren Mitofsky, Mitofsky International, Coordinator of National Exit Poll (invited)
Prof. Robert Fitrakis, Editor, The Free Press
Cliff Arnebeck, Arnebeck Associates
John Bonifaz, General Counsel, National Voting Institute
Steve Rosenfeld, Producer, Air America Radio
Shawnta Walcott, Communications Director, Zogby International
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DEVELOPING...

PDF of "Press Advisory" now posted at Judiciary Committee Dems website here.