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Touch-Screen Machines Far More Problematic Than Others, 'Vulnerable to Fraud', Recommends Such Machines No Longer Be Used...
By Brad Friedman on 6/22/2005 12:56pm PT  

As presented to DNC Chairman Howard Dean this morning, the DNC Voting Rights Institute has finally released it's long-awaited report entitled "Democracy at Risk: The 2004 Election in Ohio".

We're currently reviewing the report, which is available for download in full or by sections at the DNC website.

Donna Brazile, the chair of the Voting Rights Institute introduced the report at a press conference this morning as reported by The BRAD BLOG late last night. In her opening statements she said that the report "was five months in the making and represents an exhaustive review of public documents."

We will make her full opening statement available here shortly. Here are some of the highlights from that statement [emphasis added]...

The right to vote is the bedrock on which our Democracy stands. If citizens cannot believe that their vote counts, and will actually be counted, they understandably lose interest in the basic work of citizenship, like voting and participating in public debate over relevant issues.

Our study addresses legitimate questions and concerns raised in Ohio, including questions about voting machines --- How effective were they?

Why were there enough machines in some counties and not in others? Why were there so many more provisional ballots cast in Ohio than in other states of comparable size?
2.8% of all ballots cast in Ohio were provisional ballots, as contrasted with only 0.9% in PA and 0.3% in FLA.

Why were people standing in line for hours and why weren't they showing up on the rolls after so many new voters registered? Why did young people have so many hassles voting?
Our report concludes that more than one-quarter of Ohio voters had problems at the polls. Far more troubling, twice as many African American voters reported problems at the polls than did white voters.
African American voters reported waiting an average of 52 minutes before voting while white voters overall reported waiting 18 minutes.
African American voters were far more likely to have their registration status challenged and to report experiencing intimidation at the polls than other voters. 16% of African Americans reported experiencing intimidation at the polls as opposed to 5% of whites.
Counties using touchscreen machines had far more problems than voters in other counties.

Nearly one-quarter of Ohio voters report that their experience in 2004 has made them less confident about the reliability of elections in Ohio. 71% of whites reported being very confident their vote was counted as opposed to 19% of African Americans.
Election reform is a bipartisan responsibility and a bipartisan concern. The Democratic Party will continue to work with Members of Congress, state lawmakers, local election officials and community leaders to make sure that all voters maintain confidence in our system of elections.
Among the recommendations made in our report, is the request for a commitment on the part of the Democratic Party to monitor election reform in all fifty states and the district of Columbia, including the codification into law of all election practices; the adoption of clear standards for the equitable distribution of voting equipment and the assignment of poll workers; the adoption of uniform standards for voter registration and the monitoring of same; the implementation of statewide voter lists; the adoption of uniform standards for the issuance of provisional ballots and enforceable rules for counting provisional ballots; to adopt legislation which limits identification requirements to first time voters at the time they apply for voter registration or the first time they vote, whichever should first occur, and to adopt and enforce procedures to guarantee that identification requirements are not abused as a voter suppression tactic; to encourage the adoption of precinct-tabulated optical scan voting machines; to abstain from using touchscreen voting machines unless or until they are perfected such that they are no longer vulnerable to fraud---and even then, to discontinue the use of touchscreen voting machines that do not have a reliable voter verifiable audit feature; to discontinue the use of punchcard systems; and to require voting equipment vendors to disclose source codes so that they may be examined by third parties and ensure that voting procedures are transparent at every level of the voting process; to push for legislation requiring that all equipment used by voters to tabulate votes must not be used for any other purpose; to encourage states to adopt "no excuse required" standards for absentee voting; to encourage states to make it easier for college students to vote in the jurisdiction where their school is located; to develop secure and effective voting procedures for registered voters living overseas; to make voter suppression a criminal offense in every jurisdiction; to improve the education of poll workers and to educate voters where, when and how to vote; and to prohibit partisan officials who volunteer to work for a candidate from overseeing or administering that candidate's election.


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By Brad Friedman on 6/22/2005 2:32am PT  

Great video up on Conyers' site of his delivery of the 560,000+ signatures from American citizens asking for answers concerning the Downing Street Minutes.

Go to his letter page (which you can still sign if you haven't already), and the link to the video is on the top-right.

We previously posted photos of the delivery, but the video really brings the moment alive. Driving home the fact that the longest serving member of the U.S. House of Representatives, along with 9 other members of Congress, are not currently welcome in the White House. So much for that "People's House" thing we heard so much about when the wingnuts were so damned disturbed about Clinton having "soiled it". Guess they were just kidding.

And because he deserves it, here's one last victory lap for Chairman Conyers...

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Focus Said to be on Ohio and Florida...
By Brad Friedman on 6/21/2005 10:53pm PT  

This release came via Email too late this evening to verify the details, but as it syncs with information we'd received last week from highly placed sources concerning this report --- which we were told at the time was "due within days" --- we believe the following information is good...


Washington - The Democratic National Committee's Voting Rights Institute will present DNC Chairman Howard Dean their report on the conduct of the 2004 presidential election in Ohio.

Copies of the report will be available at the press conference tomorrow and at

DNC Chairman Howard Dean
DNC Voting Rights Institute Chair Donna Brazile
Julie Andreef, Ohio regional field director and practicing attorney focusing on election law
Cornell Belcher, president of Brilliant Corners Research and Strategies
Walter Mebane, Jr., Professor of Government at Cornell University
Dan Wallach, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rice University.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005; 11:00 a.m.

DNC Headquarters, 430 South Capitol St., SE, Washington, DC
Wasserman Family Conference Room

Various sources have referred to this report as "explosive" and/or "will knock your socks off" and that the focus of the report is to be on Ohio and Florida. However, we'll wait until we see it to determine if our socks are indeed to be knocked or exploded off.

Either way, we thought you'd appreciate the heads-up.

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Keep This Really Quiet! Pass It On...
By Winter Patriot on 6/21/2005 9:58pm PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

Here's an invitation [and a challenge!] to all '6 or 7' BradBlog readers:

Some of my friends and I have been quietly working on a very quiet little be-the-media campaign.

We're ready to go. And you can help.

Psst! A great journalist can explain it better than this lowly blogger. Here's Chris Floyd:

Tired of Shouting Into the Wind? Try Whispering.

Winter Patriot has launched a brilliant new DIY activist effort: The Whispering Campaign. It's very simple. WP has set up a website with a selection of short, succinct, printer-friendly articles detailing some nugget of unexplored or underplayed truth about our times; all you have to do is print them out --- and leave them in some public place for passers-by to find and read. As WP puts it: "Ideal locations include book stores, copy shops, libraries, train stations, buses, taxis, laundromats, grocery stores, hair salons, barber shops, rest rooms, gas stations, coffee shops, truck stops... use your imagination!"

It's real grass-roots stuff --- in fact, it reaches all the way down to the individual blade, a personal form of activism either to supplement collective action or to let each person carve a particular path. It's also a good way of reaching people outside the seething blogosphere or the media/political world in general --- the vast majority of the population, in other words.

So scoot on over to the Whispering Campaign and check it out. Start moving that mountain one grain at a time.

Chris gives me too much credit, but otherwise he's spot-on, I think. It's a great idea, isn't it? It's an old one, tried and tested.

What's new is the implementation. But I can't even take credit for that. The Whispering Campaign stands on the earlobes of giants.

Here's how you can stand there with us:

Join The Whispering Campaign! Print the articles, make copies, and spread them around ...

Send quiet messages to all your friends, post silent messages on all your favorite blogs, do any quiet thing you can think of to help publicize The Whispering Campaign and help good information move along its rightful path.

It's not enough just to boycott the major media. We have to take over their job! We owe it to our fellow citizens to share good information with them. And this is an easy way for you to help make it happen.

Are you ready, you 6 or 7 feisty souls? Good! Now Let's Start Whispering!!

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By Brad Friedman on 6/21/2005 1:44pm PT  

A number of pressing items on the plate in the background. May mean I'm quiet here for a bit (though we'll see)...For now, I'll leave it to you to make some noise about what's going on out there. Open thread! WARNING: Don't Feed the Trolls!


  • Serious stuff yesterday from MSNBC's David Schuster: "...the Bush administration is now in total panic mode over the erosion of public support for the occupation."
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    By Brad Friedman on 6/21/2005 9:40am PT  

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    PLUS: Brad Connects With Reality at Bob Fitrakis Book Event in Santa Monica on Sunday Night
    By Brad Friedman on 6/19/2005 1:20pm PT  

    Uh, oh...

    "Things aren't getting better; they're getting worse. The White House is completely disconnected from reality," [Republican Senator Chuck] Hagel tells U.S. News. "It's like they're just making it up as they go along. The reality is that we're losing in Iraq."

    Why does Chuck Hagel hate freedom?

    Personally, we think this item is more than siren-worthy, but as we already mentioned this story as it broke last night on The BRAD SHOW, we'll leave it you guys to add the noise to it.

    So...The house of cards tumble is now officially underway. What month does the Impeachment begin? Or is it derailed by a new "terrorist attack" or a new "war"?


    P.S. If you're in or near Santa Monica, CA, stop by and say hello to Bob Fritrakis and me at his book tour event for "Did George W. Bush Steal America's 2004 Election: Essential Documents"! Tonight (Sunday, June 19) at 6pm @ Venuce United Methodist Church, 1020 Victoria Ave!

    P.P.S. Bob's donated some books to us, that we'll ship to you --- personally signed by him --- for a supportive donation of $100 or more! It's an amazing 700+ page book! And we can certainly use the support right now!

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    By Brad Friedman on 6/19/2005 12:59pm PT  

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    Blog Along With Us
    We're Being The Media --- Because Somebody Has To!!
    By Winter Patriot on 6/18/2005 3:56pm PT  

    Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

    This week's Brad Show is almost ready to hit the airwaves. Once again we have a fine lineup and the prospect of a great show.

    Listen LIVE via the Web! Saturday from 7p-11p ET (4p-8p PT)!
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    and more via!

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    This week's guests:

  • RICK PILTZ, Bush Administration Global Warming whistleblower!
  • CHRIS BOWERS of on being the media and the Progressive takeover of the blogosphere!
  • CINDY SHEEHAN of Gold Star Families for Peace on her son Casey, KIA in Iraq on 04/04/04 and her testimony at John Conyers' Downing Street Hearings this week.
  • JOAN KRAWITZ & WARREN STEWART of on Election Reform Coalition lobbying this week in DC and their meeting with Dr. Robert Pastor and more!
  • MATT RAICHE & PETER GINTER, American contractors (and ex-marines) held captive and allegedly abused by U.S. Marines in Iraq!
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    Condesdending, Factually Incorrect Article on 'Downing Street' Hearings
    Conyers Replies with Letter
    By Brad Friedman on 6/17/2005 11:26am PT  

    New York Times' Scott Shane wrote a serious article covering yesterday's Downing Street Hearings and the facts it examined concerning a President of the United States who may have committed Impeachable High Crimes by fixing intelligence and misleading the country into an unnecessary war leading to the death of thousands.

    On the other hand, Washington Post's embarrasing Dana Milbank wrote an obnoxious and condescending little screed which begins, "In the Capitol basement yesterday, long-suffering House Democrats took a trip to the land of make-believe."

    And, oh yeah, speaking of "the land of make-believe", Milbank gets one fact wrong after another as he plays "journalist" in the pages of one of the countries once-greatest newspapers.

    The Washington Post, to their own shame, presumably gives a paycheck each week to Mr. Milbank for his coverage of Washington D.C.

    Moments ago, Congressman John Conyers sent a letter in reply to Milbank's column. BRAD BLOG has the letter. Since someone's gotta be the media while WaPo continues its seemingly hell-bent attempt to continue its spiral towards irrelevance...and since we don't particularly expect WaPo to publish it themselves...we guess we'll do it...

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    By Brad Friedman on 6/16/2005 6:30pm PT  


    LATE-NIGHT UPDATE: From ConyersBlog in re: The Delivery...He was met with expected respect one might afford the longest sitting member of the United States House of Representatives, and nine other Congressmen...At least what one might expect from this particular White House...

    About ten members and I proceeded to caravan over to the White House, where we delivered the letter signed by more than 560,000 Americans and 122 Members of Congress demanding answers. There were several hundred protestors at the White House along with least a dozen cameras.. In front of all of these witnesses, the White House staff refused to permit any of us to enter. They did take the petitions, but I would think that sitting Members of Congress deserve a bit more respect.

    He has several other thoughts from today as well (including a link to yours truly - thank you...Mr. Chairman.)

    UPDATE 6/17/05: A full list of the 123 congressional signees is now available here.

    UPDATE 6/22/05: The tale of the tape...

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    LIVE Saturday Night 7p-11p ET (4p-8p PT)
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    By Brad Friedman on 6/16/2005 6:11pm PT  

    Guests currently scheduled (with more to be announced soon)...

  • Just Added: RICK PILTZ, Bush Administration Global Warming whistleblower!
  • Also Just Added: CHRIS BOWERS of on being the media and the Progressive takeover of the blogosphere!
  • CINDY SHEEHAN of Gold Star Families for Peace on her son Casey, KIA in Iraq on 04/04/04 and her testimony at John Conyers' Downing Street Hearings this week.
  • JOAN KRAWITZ & WARREN STEWART of on Election Reform Coalition lobbying this week in DC and their meeting with Dr. Robert Pastor and more!
  • MATT RAICHE & PETER GINTER, American contractors (and ex-marines) held captive and allegedly abused by U.S. Marines in Iraq!
  • Join us Saturday Night 7p-11p ET (4p-8p PT)! Listen up via and right here at BRAD BLOG for a live Open Thread during the show!

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    Asked again about Downing Street Minutes, Mocks Question...
    (What's next? Referring to 'Downing Street' as a 'Third Rate Memo'?)
    By Brad Friedman on 6/16/2005 4:38pm PT  

    Updating White House press spokesman, Scott McClellan's complete dismissal of a Downing Street question yesterday (reported previously here), he continued his "Watergate Act" at today's press briefing. Only more so. Editor & Publisher has it...

    UPDATE: And on a lighter note...Scottie faces the "last throes" of his ability to hold off the barbarians at the gate. Also from the good folks at E&P...

    UPDATE 6/17/05: By way of helping Scottie, who seems to feel that there is just one member of congress who would like an answer to the questions sent weeks ago to Bush --- which are still unanswered --- here are the 123 duly elected members of the United States House of Represenatives who would like answers to those questions, along with at least 600,000 American citizens, so far:

    Abercrombie, Allen, Baird, Baldwin, Becerra, Berkley, Bishop, Blumenauer, Brown, Corrine, Brown, Sherrod, Butterfield, Capps, Capuano, Carson, Christensen, Clay, Cleaver, Clyburn, Conyers, Cooper, Cummings, Davis, Danny, Davis, Susan, DeFazio, DeGette, Delahunt, DeLauro, Dingell, Doggett, Doyle, Eshoo, Farr, Fattah, Filner, Ford, Frank, Green, Grijalva, Gutierrez, Hastings, Hinchey, Holt, Honda, Hooley, Inslee, Jackson, Jackson-Lee, Jefferson, Johnson, Eddie Bernice, Kaptur, Kennedy, Kildee, Kilpatrick, Kucinich, Larsen, Rick, Larson, John, Lee, Barbara, Levin, Lewis, Lofgren, Maloney, Markey, Matsui, McCarthy, McDermott, McGovern, McKinney, McNulty, Meehan, Meek, Meeks, Michaud, Millender-McDonald, Miller, Brad, Miller, George, Moore, Gwen, Moran, Nadler, Napolitano, Neal, Oberstar, Olver, Owens, Pallone, Pascrell, Pastor, Payne, Pelosi, Price, David, Rangel, Rothman, Rush, Sanchez, Linda, Sanders, Schakowsky, Scott, Bobby, Serrano, Sherman, Skelton, Slaughter, Smith, Adam, Solis, Stark, Strickland, Tauscher, Thompson, Bennie, Tierney, Towns, Tubbs Jones, Udall, Mark, Udall, Tom, Van Hollen, Velazquez, Wasserman Schultz, Waters, Watson, Watt, Waxman, Weiner, Wexler, Woolsey, Wu, Wynn.

    List courtesy of RAW STORY.

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    Extraordinary Testimony Given...
    BRAD BLOG Raw Notes Posted...Full Audio Now Posted as well...
    By Brad Friedman on 6/16/2005 3:07pm PT  

    As there are many who were unable to follow the hearings live and given the historic importance of them, I am making my raw notes --- essentially live blogged, but not posted during the hearings --- available here right away...Please note that these are raw notes, not necessarily quotes even if some of them are in quotes. I did try and type as closely as I could to what was being said however.

    Hopefully this will give those of you unable to listen live, an idea of these EXTRAORDINARY hearings which were chaired by Congressman John Conyers' and just adjourned in the 15' by 30' room in the basement of the Capitol Building!...Simply extraordinary hearings...

    (The hearing will re-air on C-SPAN 2 tonight, Thursday, at 8pm ET, and late-night at 1:56am on C-SPAN 1 at 1:56am Friday "morning", And again on Friday at 8pm ET)...

    Complete Audio now posted, courtesy of BRAD BLOG secret weapon, David Edwards!
    - Streaming RealAudio
    - Mirrored Streaming RealAudio

    We will try to get the prepared testimony from the witnesses as soon as we can...

    Though the hearings were remarkable, we don't believe they were the cause for 4.9 earthquake we experienced here in Los Angeles during the hearings (we're fine, but the ground did shake)...

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    Conyers to Deliver it --- Along with 553,996 Citizen Signatures --- to White House Later Today!
    [UPDATE] - Hearings Liveblogged at PDA
    By Brad Friedman on 6/16/2005 10:16am PT  

    A total of 122 members of Congress, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), have now signed on to Rep. John Conyers' (D-MI) letter to George W. Bush requesting a response to several questions in relation to the Downing Street Minutes.

    The original letter, sent several weeks ago by the Ranking Minority Member of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee along with 88 congressional Democrats, was recently recirculated after several more members requested signing on. The original letter has so far gone unresponded to.

    As well, The BRAD BLOG has learned that a total of 553,996 signatures by citizens have been collected for the letter by Conyers' and over the past two weeks, and those will be delivered today to the White House shortly after today's scheduled hearings on the Downing Street matter.

    That hearing is scheduled for 2:30pm ET today, to be followed by a rally in front of the White House and the delivery of the letter by Conyers and several others at 5pm ET.

    As reported yesterday, the hearings will be carried live on C-SPAN 3 as well as Pacifica Radio and Radio Left.

    Conyers' statement this morning via RAW STORY...

    UPDATE: At least 14 20 25 Congressional Members present at hearings in basement room turned into hearings room, appx. 15 by 30 feet. Hearings now ongoing, being LiveBlogged at PDA...

    POST HEARING UPDATE: BRAD BLOG raw notes posted...

    UPDATE 6/17/05: A full list of the congressional signees is now available here.

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