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    Kerry Speaks out on Ohio !!!

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    Dear Scott,


    No American citizen should wake up the morning after the election and worry their vote wasn't counted. No citizen should be denied at the polls if they are eligible to vote. And, as the greatest, wealthiest nation on earth, our citizens should never be forced to vote on old, unaccountable and non transparent voting machines from companies controlled by partisan activists.


    Tomorrow, members of Congress will meet to certify the results of the 2004 presidential election. I will not be taking part in a formal protest of the Ohio Electors.


    Despite widespread reports of irregularities, questionable practices by some election officials and instances of lawful voters being denied the right to vote, our legal teams on the ground have found no evidence that would change the outcome of the election.


    But, that does not mean we should abandon our commitment to addressing those problems that happened in Ohio. We must act today to make sure they never happen again.


    I urge you to join me in using this occasion to highlight our demand that Congress commit itself this year to reforming the electoral system. A Presidential election is a national federal election but we have different standards in different states for casting and counting votes. We need a national federal standard to solve the problems that occurred in the 2004 election. I will propose legislation to help achieve this.


    Florida 2000 was a wake up call. But the Republicans who control Congress ignored it. Will they now ignore what happened in 2004?


    There are nearly 3,000,000 of you receiving this email. We accomplished so much together during the campaign. Now let's use our power to make sure that at least one good thing comes from the voting rights problems of the 2004 election. If we want to force real action on election reform, we've got to demand that congressional leaders hold full hearings. Make sure they hear from you and help hold them accountable.


    Speaker Dennis Hastert: 1-202-225-0600
    Leader Bill Frist: 1-202-224-3135


    And please report that you've made your call right here:
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    I want every vote counted because Americans have to know that the votes they stood in line for, fought for, and strived so hard to cast in an election, are counted. We must make sure there are no questions or doubts in future elections. It's critical to our democracy that we investigate and act to prevent voting irregularities and voter intimidation across the country. We can't stand still as Congressional leaders seek to sweep well-founded voter concerns under the rug.


    Please join with me in calling Speaker Hastert and Leader Frist and telling them that you want action on election reform now.


    A recent report from Representative John Conyers (D-Michigan) reveals very troubling questions that have not yet been answered by Ohio election officials. I commend the Democratic National Committee for its announcement this week that the DNC will be investing resources and reaching out to non-partisan academics in a long term study of Ohio voting irregularities. I am only sorry that we haven't seen the same from Ohio Secretary of State Blackwell and GOP officials.


    Congress must play a positive, proactive role on this issue. That's why I will soon introduce legislation to reform our election system, ensuring transparency and accountability in our voting system and that all Americans have an opportunity to vote and have their vote counted.


    Please remember to let us know that you made your call when you're done. We're hoping to ensure House and Senate leaders' offices hear our demand for action on election reform in meaningful way. Please take a moment to let us know you have made your call here: http://www.johnkerry.com/signup/electoral_reform.php


    Thank you,


    John Kerry


    P.S. Thanks to all those who participated in our USO "phone home" campaign last week. The totals are coming in from the USO, and they are thrilled with your generosity and support for our brave men and women in uniform. We will send you totals as we get them.




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    Re: Kerry Speaks out on Ohio !!!

    Frankly, I think that's lame.

    All he has to do to assure a Congressional investigation is contest the results. He doesn't have the guts to do that and I'm disappointed. There are not one but three article on the Common Dreams web site imploring Senate Democrats to stand with John Conyers and contest the Ohio results. Kerry could do this all by himself as it only takes one. Here are links to the three articles.

    http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0105-25.htm
    http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0105-27.htm
    http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0104-36.htm

    IMO, the Nixon precedent (not contesting disputable results in Illinois in 1960 for the good of the country) may be past its time. The irregularities in Ohio were so widespread and of such magnitude that if they occured in the Ukraine the international community would not have certified the election. A Congressional investigation would help clear the air for 4 years from now and perhaps put an impetus behind requiring a paper trail in electronic voting.

    If Kerry won't stand up for himself nor encourage his colleagues to stand with him I say screw them all. Calling Dennis Hastert and Bill Frist won't do anything but help support long distance phone companies for a day. This is something John Kerry can do for himself and he doesn't have the cajones to do it. What a wimp. I called my Senator (Tom Harkin) yesterday to encourage him to do it, but I guess I have no reason to hold my breath. I think I'll send Kerry a copy of this, he passing the buck. I detest everything Bush stands for, but I have to give him credit for having the courage of his convictions. That's something Mr. Kerry seems to be lacking, at least today.

    Steve Chandler
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    http://www.soundclick.com/stevechandler

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    Re: Kerry Speaks out on Ohio !!!

    Quote Originally Posted by pantonality
    Frankly, I think that's lame.

    All he has to do to assure a Congressional investigation is contest the results. He doesn't have the guts to do that and I'm disappointed. There are not one but three article on the Common Dreams web site imploring Senate Democrats to stand with John Conyers and contest the Ohio results. Kerry could do this all by himself as it only takes one. Here are links to the three articles.
    Frankly, I think it has less to do with guts and more to do with strategy. Remember what happened to Gore when he contested? He hasn't YET recovered.

    Kerry is taking a backseat and letting others fight for him so that he doesn't come across as "sore loserman." Instead, he's in Iraq, looking presidential.

    He may not change this election, but I think you'll be seeing him at the forefront of investigating election fraud and promoting reform, and we'll likely see Bush go the way of Richard Nixon.

    Kerry is making ALL of the right moves right now. Be patient. This country will be ours once again.
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    Robert Gregory Browne
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    KILLER YEAR: Stories to Die For (Jan. 2008)
    WHISPER IN THE DARK (2008)
    St. Martin's Press
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    Re: Kerry Speaks out on Ohio !!!

    Quote Originally Posted by robgb
    Instead, he's in Iraq, looking presidential.
    I guess you're right

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...NG2VALREG1.DTL

    if criticizing your own country's behavior on foreign soil is considered "presidential."

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    Re: Kerry Speaks out on Ohio !!!

    > "if criticizing your own country's behavior on foreign soil is considered "presidential."

    Ahh. The old intimidation line. As if being a toady is presidential.

    If something is wrong, it should be criticized. Read the Declaration of Independence some time.

    -JF

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    Re: Kerry Speaks out on Ohio !!!

    Quote Originally Posted by XanaX
    I guess you're right

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...NG2VALREG1.DTL

    if criticizing your own country's behavior on foreign soil is considered "presidential."
    Something you conservatives have to understand. Criticizing the leaders of your country is NOT the same as criticizing your country.

    Kerry criticized Bush, NOT the USA.
    --
    Robert Gregory Browne
    KISS HER GOODBYE (now available)
    KILLER YEAR: Stories to Die For (Jan. 2008)
    WHISPER IN THE DARK (2008)
    St. Martin's Press
    http://www.robertgregorybrowne.com

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    Re: Kerry Speaks out on Ohio !!!

    Typical, rob. "You conservatives."

    There's a time and a place for valid criticism.

    This was neither.

    Spin it any way you want...

    It was NOT "presidential."

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    Re: Kerry Speaks out on Ohio !!!

    Quote Originally Posted by XanaX
    There's a time and a place for valid criticism.

    This was neither.
    Amazing. Kerry goes to Iraq, speaks his mind about Iraq, and somehow this is not the "time and place" for it.

    There is no more appropriate place for it.

    As far as the time goes, would the timing have been better before the US invaded? Would it have been better before the election?

    The man went to Iraq to see the situation. Then he spoke about his views of the situation. What could be more natural?

    Kerry would make an excellent president.

    -JF

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    Re: Kerry Speaks out on Ohio !!!

    Quote Originally Posted by XanaX
    Typical, rob. "You conservatives."

    There's a time and a place for valid criticism.

    This was neither.

    Spin it any way you want...

    It was NOT "presidential."
    That is Your "opinion" . I disagree.

    ed

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    Re: Kerry Speaks out on Ohio !!!

    While we're on the issue of slanting the results of an election...

    It appears that the media's far left myopic zeal to damage Bush
    and affect the election outcome has been punished.
    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/...in665727.shtml

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