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The Democratic myth-building in Ohio continues in Washington DC, where Congressman John Conyers wants to ask the FBI to open a vote-tampering investigation in order to cast doubt on the veracity of the presidential-election results. The New York Times reports that Conyers will complain about "inappropriate and likely illegal election tampering", as if there's any such thing as legal election tampering. Conyers bases his complaint on the testimony of one election worker, Sherole Eaton, who questioned the conduct of a technician for the company whose machines tabulate the vote as he prepared the machines for the recount:
Ohio recount rules require that only 3 percent of a county's votes be tallied by hand, and typically one or more whole precincts are selected and combined to get the 3 percent sample. After the hand count, the sample is fed into the tabulator. If there is no discrepancy, the remaining ballots can be counted by the machine. Otherwise, a hand recount must be done for the whole county.
Ms. Eaton contends that the Triad employee asked which precinct Hocking County planned to count as its representative 3 percent, and, upon being told, made further adjustments to the machine.
Here's the result of this obvious and egregious attempt to disenfranchise Ohio voters:
County officials decided to use a different precinct when the recount was done yesterday. No discrepancies were found.
So apparently whatever the tech did after engaging Ms. Eaton in some harmless shop talk had absolutely no effect on the counting of the vote -- and the recount, apparently, did not differ from the original tabulation. Holy cow, we have a conspiracy to conduct an election going on in Ohio! No wonder Conyers wants the FBI to use up its resources to investigate why the Democrats lost instead of other, less pressing issues -- oh, say, like counterterrorism.
All of this wailing and gnashing of teeth is designed to give the Democrats an extension on their Florida martyrdom, which has served them so well over the last two election cycles, of course. Two more years of spouting conspiracy theories and sobbing like spoiled children who can't get their every desire handed to them should firmly establish the GOP as the majority party at state, federal, and electoral levels by 2006.
UPDATE: Corrected Conyers' title; hat tip, reader Jimmy's Attack Rabbit.Sphere It View blog reactions
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