News Intelligence Analysis
December 10, 2004
Blackwell Locks Down Ohio Voting
by Attorney Ray Beckerman
Dayton, Ohio Friday December 10, 2004
On Friday December 10 two certified volunteers for the Ohio
Recount team assigned to Greene County were in process recording
voting information from minority precincts
in Greene County, and were stopped mid-count by a surprise order
from Secretary of State Blackwells office. The Director
Board of Elections stated that all voter records for the
state of Ohio were locked-down, and now they are
not considered public records.
The volunteers were working with voter printouts received
directly from Carole Garman, Director, Greene County Board of
Elections. Joan Quinn and Eve Roberson, retired attorney and
election official respectively, were hand-copying voter discrepancies
from precinct voting books on behalf of the presidential candidates
Mr. Cobb (Green) and Mr. Badnarik Libertarian) who had requested
One of the goals of the recount was to determine how many
minority voters were unable to vote or denied voting at the polls.
Upon requesting copies of precinct records from predominantly
minority precincts, Ms. Garman contacted Secretary of State Blackwells
office and spoke to Pat Wolfe, Election Administrator. Ms. Wolfe
told Ms. Garman to assert that all voter records for the State
of Ohio were locked down and that they are not
considered public records.
Quinn and Roberson asked specifically for the legal authority
authorizing Mr. Blackwell to lock down public records.
Garman stated that it was the Secretary of States decision.
Ohio statute requires the Directors of Boards of Election to
comply with public requests for inspection and copying of public
election records. As the volunteer team continued recording information
from the precinct records in question, Garman entered the room
and stated she was withdrawing permission to inspect or copy
any voting records at the Board of Elections. Garman then physically
removed the precinct book from Ms. Robersons hands. They
later requested the records again from Garmans office,
which was again denied.
Revised Code Title XXXV Elections, Sec. 3503.26 that requires
all election records to be made available for public inspection
and copying. ORC Sec. 3599.161 makes it a crime for any employee
of the Board of Elections to knowingly prevent or prohibit any
person from inspecting the public records filed in the office
of the Board of Elections. Finally, ORC Sec. 3599.42 clearly
states: A violation of any provision of Title XXXV (35)
of the Revised Code constitutes
a prima facie case of election fraud within the purview of such
Link to this Post posted by Ray Beckerman @ 9:57 PM
About Ray Beckerman
Location:New York, New York, United States
As a result of my life as a lawyer, my strong belief in the rule
of law as the bedrock of democracy, and my experience as a voter
protection hotline volunteer in Ohio from October 30th through
November 2nd, I have devoted my blog to covering and assisting
grassroots activism seeking to (a) set aside the fraudulent results
of the 2004 Ohio "election" and (b) investigate and
prosecute the crimes committed in that "election" against
the citizens of Ohio, the American people, and our American way
of life. The evidence is overwhelming that the election in Ohio
was stolen. If we permit a second presidential election to be
stolen, the rule of law, and with it democracy, are gravely imperilled
in this country.
In my professional life, I am a member of Beldock Levine &
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