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Sunday, January 9th, 2005

   One of the values that we Americans hold in the highest regard is the right of the people to choose their leaders. With the discarding of registrations of Democratic voters, the illegal removal from the voting roles and possible tampering with the voting machines this election will forever be in question for many Americans.    

   Contrary to the Republicans allegations the challenge to the certification was not about over turning the election. It was about securing the rights of voters in the future. Some said that this was not the time or place, but if not now when? If the Democratic Party had not brought this to the forefront it most likely would have been swept under the rug!    

  The reasons for the challenge was there were massive and unprecedented voter irregularities and anomalies that Congress needs to enact election reform to restore the people’s trust in our democracy. As described in the House Judiciary Committee report “Preserving Democracy: what went wrong in Ohio” that;

The misallocation of voting machines led to unprecedented long lines that disenfranchised scores, if not hundreds of thousands, of predominantly minority and Democratic voters. . . Mr. Blackwell’s decision to restrict provisional ballots . . . his decision to reject voter registration applications based on paper weight . . . Ohio Republican Party’s decision to engage in preelection “caging” tactics, selectively targeting 35,000 predominantly minority voters for intimidation . . . (See the link for more)

   This should not be a Democratic or Republican issue, for the right to determine our destiny is an inherently American virtue, not confined to any political party. The fact that one party would try to paint it as an attempt to undermine the presidency of Mr. Bush shows that lack of commitment to democracy! It is my hope that the forcing of the issue to the forefront will bring all Americans on board. Let us pray that the commitment to democracy will be restored to America. As a result of the challenge we hopefully will see legislation and even a Constitutional Amendment to guarantee that the right to vote and have that vote counted. The polls were made at different times and have been running for a while; this is why some have larger numbers of votes.



   Below are the links to all the audio recordings of each speaker. They are listed in the order that they spoke starting with the House and then the Senate. The speaker of the House, Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH) , Deborah Pryce (R Oh) , John Conyers (D-Michigan) / Bernie Sanders (D, Roy Blunt (R-Missouri), Mel Watt (D-North Carolina) / Grace Napolitan, Bob Ney (R- Ohio), Nancy Pelosi (D- California), Tom Reynolds (R- New York) / Ralph Regula (R-), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) / Marcy Kaptur (D- Ohi, J.D. Hayworth (R-Arizona) , Dennis Kucinich (D- Ohio) / Barbara Lee (D- , Candice Miller (R- Michigan) / Mike Turner (R , Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) / Cynthia McKinn , David Dreier (R- California) / Thelma Drake , Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Illinois) / John Lewis , Bobby Jindal (R- Louisiana) / Patrick Tiberi , Lynn Woolsey (D-California) / Major Owens , Jack Kingston (R- Georgia) / Ric Keller , Maxine Waters (D- California), John Boehner (R- Ohio) / Michael Oxley , Carolyn Kilpatrick (D- Michigan) / Jan Schako , Rob Portman (R- Ohio) / Steve Chabot, Danny Davis (D- Illinois) / Del. Eleanor Holm , Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D- Ohio) / John Conyer , Tom DeLay (R- Texas) , U.S. Senate on Objection to Ohio Electoral Vote, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-California), Mike DeWine (R- Ohio) , Mark Dayton (D- Minnesota), Dick Durbin (D- Illinois) , Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) , Edward Kennedy (D- Massachusetts) , Ron Wyden (D- Oregon), Frank Lautenberg (D- New Jersey) , Hillary Rodham Clinton (D- New York), Harry Reid (D- Nevada) , Tom Harkin (D- Iowa) , Barack Obama (D- Illinois) , Christopher Dodd (D- Connecticut) , George Voinovich (R- Ohio) , Trent Lott (R-Mississippi) You can see all the proceedings at C-Span . Org