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And speaking of Tom Feeney and Clint Curtis, the man who made a number of alarming accusations about him; including (but not limited to) a vote-rigging conspiracy in 2000, protection of an undocumented alien who pled guilty to espionage charges related to sending restricted missile chips to Communist China, and much more...
Curtis released a statement last week in regard to the contest he's filed in the U.S. House last December under the Federal Contested Elections Act following his House race against Feeney in Florida's 24th district last November. (The statement is posted at end of this article.)
In an exclusive BRAD BLOG interview from early March, Curtis spoke about "hard evidence" gathered by his campaign showing that his votes were under-recorded --- and/or Feeney's over-recorded --- on the paperless touch-screen voting systems used in the race. Their evidence has been gathered via a precinct-by-precinct, door-to-door canvass being carried out by the campaign volunteers.
"We have now found absolutely…more votes for Democrats than the official results show," Curtis told us earlier this year. "Absolutely more votes. No trends, no guesses. More votes. That should never happen."
The campaign's news release claims that "In every precinct studied, the data shows that Curtis received 12-24% more votes than stated in the official result."
The House recently announced the formation of a panel to investigate the contested election between Christine Jennings and Vern Buchanan in Florida's 13th district, but has failed to take similar action on the other three contested Sunshine State elections which "remain in limbo," according to Curtis's campaign. Another House race from Louisiana has also been contested in Congress. All of the contests were filed last year under the federal act meant to carry out Congress's Constitutionally specified mandate as the final arbiter of the seating of its members.
"Only an official independent investigation, backed by the authority of the U.S. House, can dispel lingering questions regarding the accuracy of the 2006 election results," in Florida's 24th district and the other contested races, the campaign says. They are calling for the immediate formation of a panel in Congress to "determine the accuracy of the electronic voting systems in question, and ensure legitimate representation for the voters in those districts."
Drawing a contrast with the FL-13 contest, which Curtis's campaign aptly notes is based on largely circumstantial evidence --- though a mountain of it --- at this time, his group of volunteers in South Florida claim to have "gathered hard evidence" in the form of sworn affidavits from voters, which show "exactly where the election results are inaccurate."
"The evidence that the election integrity group has gathered can be independently reproduced and can determine whether or not the voting machines recorded accurately," the campaign contends.
UPDATE 4/26/07: Here's a video, courtesy of Ginny Ross of the Election Defense Alliance, featuring an interview with Curtis detailing his campaign's efforts "Walking for Democracy" efforts to canvass the district:
The complete press release from the Clint Curtis campaign is posted in full below...
For Immediate Release
Information Contact: Ms. Marty Ward, Campaign Manager
(954) 732-1112, firstname.lastname@example.org
Four Contested Congressional Races in Florida Remain In Doubt, Awaiting U.S. House
April 17, 2007
Titusville, FL – Candidate Clint Curtis, Democratic challenger for Florida's 24th Congressional District, today called for an independent investigation into election irregularities in his race to unseat incumbent Republican Tom Feeney in the 2006 Mid-term election last November. Four Congressional races remain contested in the state of Florida, pending further investigation by the U.S. House.
Curtis did not concede the race because the 16% loss did not reflect the Zogby Poll taken just weeks before the election nor the polling conducted by the online vote verification tool www.VoteNow2006.net . Instead, he enlisted a dedicated group of grassroots election integrity volunteers who have been Walking For Democracy by canvassing the 24th District since November. They have interviewed individual voters and gathered data. In every precinct studied, the data shows that Curtis received 12-24% more votes than stated in the official result. Unlike Christine Jennings in Florida’s 13th Congressional District, which has 18,000 missing votes that can not be verified, the group has gathered hard evidence that shows exactly where the election results are inaccurate.
A House panel is set to investigate the highly-publicized massive undervote rate in Sarasota in Florida's 13th District, yet the three other contested races in Florida remain in limbo. Numerous scientific reports and studies, from respected institutions, such as the Brennan Center for Justice and Princeton University, have demonstrated that electronic voting machines are extremely vulnerable to hacking, highly prone to mechanical failures, and recording and tabulating errors. The evidence that the election integrity group has gathered can be independently reproduced and can determine whether or not the voting machines recorded accurately.
Curtis contends that only an official independent investigation, backed by the authority of the U.S. House, can dispel lingering questions regarding the accuracy of the 2006 election results in his district, determine the accuracy of the electronic voting systems in questions, and ensure legitimate representation for the voters in those districts.
Curtis is currently profiled in five current documentaries: Truth in the Booth: The Clint Curtis Story; Eternal Vigilance; and Stealing America Vote by Vote. To see trailers, please go to: www.EternalVigilance.us Eternal Vigilance and www.TruthInTheBoom.com. For more information, please visit www.clintcurtis.com, www.brennancenter.org, and www.bradblog.com.