Friday, January 07, 2005

Barbara Boxer: Why I Must Object

Go, Babs, Go!

Senator Boxer asks a few good questions:
Why did voters in Ohio wait hours in the rain to vote? Why were voters at Kenyon College, for example, made to wait in line until nearly 4 a.m. to vote because there were only two machines for 1,300 voters?

Why did poor and predominantly African-American communities have disproportionately long waits?

Why in Franklin County did election officials only use 2,798 machines when they said they needed 5,000? Why did they hold back 68 machines in warehouses? Why were 42 of those machines in predominantly African-American districts?

Why did, in Columbus area alone, an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 voters leave polling places, out of frustration, without having voted? How many more never bothered to vote after they heard about this?

Why is it when 638 people voted at a precinct in Franklin County, a voting machine awarded 4,258 extra votes to George Bush? Thankfully, they fixed it – but how many other votes did the computers get wrong?

Why did Franklin County officials reduce the number of electronic voting machines in downtown precincts, while adding them in the suburbs? This also led to long lines.

In Cleveland, why were there thousands of provisional ballots disqualified after poll workers gave faulty instructions to voters?

Inquiring minds--though not of the Repugnican variety, apparently--want to know.

As you've no doubt heard, the wingnuts have started their campaign against Boxer. It's worth our mentioning again that we need to stand strong and united at this (and every!!) moment. Send Senator Boxer a note here or go here for the quick and painless method. And let's please not forget to say hello to her brave colleague in the House, Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones.

Is it lost on anyone that, with the notable exception of Howard Dean, the women of the Dem party have been taking the lead? Nancy Pelosi, Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Barbara Boxer, Barbara Lee (the sole anti-war vote) and countless others in the grassroots. It's impressive.