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Senator Boxer Joins Representatives in Challenging Ohio Election Results

Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) has joined with Representative John Conyers (D-MI), Ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, Representative Stephanie Tubb-Jones (D-OH), and other Democratic members of the US House in challenging the Ohio presidential election results. “Senator Boxer’s courageous stand today ensures an important and historic discussion of the many election irregularities in Ohio,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority. According to Congressional rules, it takes one Representative and one Senator to reject the Electoral College’s vote and force a debate.

“I have concluded that objecting to the electoral votes from Ohio is the only immediate way to bring these issues to light by allowing you to have a two-hour debate to let the American people know the facts surrounding Ohio’s election,” Sen. Boxer wrote in a letter to Rep. Tubbs Jones, according to the Associated Press.

Many voting irregularities have been observed in Ohio, from lines as long as 11 hours to vote in some polling locations, to voting machine flaws, to intimidation of voters, to ballot-counting problems, to insufficient voting machines, to exit poll disparities, to concerns about provisional ballot distribution and counting, to inexplicable purging of voters in the years prior to the election. “Our work and analysis of 2004 voting data by county and voting equipment has resulted in many concerns about the conduct of our national elections,” said Smeal in her comments at the Congressional Forum on Election Irregularities in Ohio in December. This is only the second time ever that the certification of an election has been challenged in Congress.

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Sources:

Feminist Majority; Associated Press 1/6/05

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