Wednesday, July 06, 2005

One Step Forward 

Courtesy of Zemblan patriot J.D., a small victory in Ohio, as reported by BradBlog:
Hocking County, Ohio's recount whistleblower, Sherole Eaton -- who was recently fired without explanation in the wake of having reported on a voting company employee tampering with the hard-drive of a central tabulating computer and offering "cheat-sheets" prior to the recount of the November 2004 Presidential Election -- received some support yesterday from both a Court Order and several dozen backers at a dramatic Board of Elections meeting.

Attorney Cliff Arnebeck, one of the attorneys who filed a case in Ohio to have the November Election results set aside due to evidence of fraud, served County Board of Elections officials with a court order mandating Eaton not be replaced until further court orders are issued.

"Yesterday was the first of what I hope are many victories for Sherole," Karla VanBibber told us via Email earlier today. VanBibber, who is Sherole's niece attended the meeting, and described the moment when Arnebeck arrived with the court order: "The expressions on the board members faces when given the court injunction was priceless."

VanBibber also gave us her take on the reactions from the Board Members in the face of questions from supporters about Eaton's dismissal, which she says is illegal under Ohio law. "Their sputtering and faultering and lying was unbelievable," she said. "It's amazing how the arrogance we see in the Bush administrations has filtered down to the local level as it has."
Connoisseurs of cliche will not need to be told what the proverbial "one step forward" traditionally precedes:
Davis spoke with Robinette after the meeting to discuss the new mandate by Blackwell to purchase touch-screen voting machines made by Diebold, Inc. in Ohio. He asked about how votes on such machines could be verified in the event of a recount. According to Davis, Robinette told him, "You're more knowledgeable than I am on that. I really don't know. All I know is that they're certified by the federal government and they're being mandated by the Secretary of State."

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