Three dozen voters challenging the presidential election results in the Ohio Supreme Court asked to drop their lawsuit Tuesday, saying it is moot with last week’s certification of the electoral vote and the upcoming inauguration.
—ABC News: Lawsuit Over Ohio Voting Dropped
That’s odd, I thought the challenges were about making sure everyone’s vote counted, not about affecting the result… Whoops, there goes the supposedly idealistic rationale for the whining.
Martin Gottlieb’s justifiably curious about just what Jesse Jackson thinks he’s doing here in Ohio. His conclusion is that it’s pretty much about staying in the spotlight at any cost and hoping to lay the smack down on Ken Blackwell.
So, the question arises, what is the Rev. Jesse Jackson up to?
This thing in Ohio
The Houston Chronicle/New York Times: Ohio is the Florida of 2004.
In what kind of whacked out, screwed up version of reality can Ohio be called the Florida of 2004 when Washington had the election it had?
In Ohio the President won by 118,000+ votes only to have that total lowered to 118,000+ votes by one recount.
In Washington the Governor’s race initially has a margin of only a few hundred votes which, through numerous recountings, is eventually reversed to show the other candidate winning.
Tell me, which state do you think better fits the tagline “Florida of 2004”?
… and *gasp* President Bush still won. Now he just won by 118,457 votes instead of 118,775. Boy, it’s a good thing we spent more than a million dollars of taxpayer money to figure that out.
The Morning Journal on the interminable accusations of fraud here in Ohio:
They have met the enemy, but don’t recognize that he is their imagination.
Our wish is that they’d take their voting conspiracy hallucinations underground. Abandon us, please, so we can get on with life.
Bush won. Kerry lost.
Lorain County recounted. Other counties recounted, and others are recounting, and nothing has changed.
Nothing changed, because nothing was wrong. (Except for those who now fear the recount itself is rigged. For them, please go to deepest mineshaft and await the impending end of democratic civilization as you fear it.)
Those, like Jesse Jackson and Rep. John “call in the FBI” Conyers (D-Michigan), who encourage unfounded conspiracy-itis for their own self-aggrandizement are contemptible. And those Democrats and demagogues who refuse to recognize reality, no matter how you count it, do America a disservice by wasting our tax money cutting away at the fabric of an election system that works fine.
—The Morning Journal
Secretary of State Ken Blackwell has certified President Bush’s win here in Ohio. His final margin of victory is 118,775.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – This battleground state on Monday certified President Bush’s 119,000-vote victory over John Kerry, even as the Kerry campaign and third-party candidates prepared to demand a statewide recount.
The president won Ohio with 2.86 million votes, or 51 percent, to Kerry’s 2.74 million votes, or 49 percent.
The 118,775-vote lead was closer than the unofficial election night margin of 136,000, but not enough to trigger a mandatory recount. Absentee ballots and provisional votes counted after election night made most of the difference.
“This was an election where you have some glitches but none of these glitches were of a conspiratorial nature and none of them would overturn or change the election results,” said Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, a Republican who, as the state’s chief election official, certified the results.
The current (still unofficial) tally listed on the Ohio Secretary of State’s site now has Bush’s lead over Kerry at 146,483, up from the previous 137,617, a gain of 8,866 votes for President Bush. There’s no indication on that page of how many counties have finished counting their provisional ballots or how many of them are included in that tally.
First some recount news:
A federal judge denied a request by third-party presidential candidates who wanted to force a recount of Ohio ballots even before the official count was finished.
Judge James G. Carr in Toledo ruled Tuesday that the candidates have a right under Ohio law to a recount, but said it can wait. The judge wrote that he saw no reason to interfere with the final stages of Ohio’s electoral process. Officials have said the results will be certified by December 6.
The lawsuit by Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb and Libertarian candidate Michael Badnarik had asked Carr to issue an order requiring Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell to immediately begin a statewide recount of November 2 voting results.
The candidates received a combined 0.26 percent of the vote in unofficial results. But they contend a recount is necessary to ensure accuracy.
And now a little provisional ballot math.
Looking at the provisional ballots, 78%(61,536) of the 79,256 ballots counted so far have been found to be valid. There were 155,337 provisional ballots cast. If every remaining provisional ballot were found to be valid there would be 137,617 provisional ballots. Before the provisional ballots President Bush led in Ohio by 136,483. For the election to swing to Kerry (assuming again that all the remaining provisionals were valid) then Kerry would have to win the provisional vote 137,051 to 566 (99.59% to .41%). If less than 98.5% of the remaining provisional ballots are valid then Kerry could not possibly win.
Now let’s look at the results from only one county. After the completion of Greene County’s provisional count, Kerry gained 1,181. President Bush gained 1,536 votes. Now remember, in the hypothetical every-remaining-ballot-is-valid scenario if Kerry is to win Bush could only pick up 566 of the provisional votes statewide.
It’s been assumed for some time, but John Kerry officially can not win Ohio through the counting of the remaining provisional ballots.
Looks like there will be a recount here in Ohio. Cobb and Badnarik have raised enough money to carry it out.
And this will change absolutely nothing. This isn’t some 1,360 vote margin, this is a 136,000 vote margin. You can’t make that up in a recount. Though maybe Cobb thinks he can make a comeback. I mean, he did get all of 24 votes in Ohio. If he can come up with just 2,796,124 more votes in a recount he wins!
And I have to say I’m curious about why Ohio is being singled out here. If the recount idea is so pure of motive why aren’t they fighting to recount in Pennsylvania? That’s a bigger state and Kerry only won there by 127,470 votes and there were actual accusations of fraud.