OHIO - December 28 - The Motion filed by Green Party presidential candidate
Cobb last week, asking a Federal Court to preserve a wide range of
to ensure the integrity of the Ohio recount, was officially supported
Kerry-Edwards campaign today.
"Senator Kerry filed a Motion today which essentially says
nothing more than 'me, too' to our filing from last week," said Blair
Bobier, Media Director for the Cobb-LaMarche campaign.
Cobb's attorneys on Thursday had filed a Motion for a
Preservation Order and for Leave to Take Limited Expedited Discovery in
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio where recount
litigation is pending. The Motion, filed on behalf of Cobb,
presidential candidate Michael Badnarik and the National Voting Rights
Institute, requested that voting machines and election records be
"We welcome Senator Kerry's belated interest in ensuring
integrity of the Ohio recount. This effort, initiated by the Green and
Libertarian presidential candidates, has been focusing on the integrity
the election process and not on the outcome. In order to trust the
results, we have to trust the process. All presidential candidates,
including George W. Bush, who are committed to an open and accountable
voting system should demand an investigation into an election clouded
serious allegations of fraud and suppression," said Bobier.
The Ohio recount has been plagued with almost as many
as the underlying presidential election. One of the more notable
took place on December 10, in Hocking County, Ohio, when a
from Triad Governmental Systems, Inc. reprogrammed a computer used for
tabulating votes and instructed the county's Deputy Director of
create a "cheat sheet" so "the count would come out perfect and we
have to do a full hand recount of the county." Triad later reported
on voting machines in a number of other counties prior to the
The Hocking County incident was first revealed to the
David Cobb during his testimony before the Congressional Forum chaired
Representative John Conyers in Columbus, Ohio on December 13.
Legal documents filed in the Ohio recount litigation, along
detailed reports from official recount observers detailing the
recount, can be found on the Cobb-LaMarche website,
Information about the Green Party can be found at http://www.gp.org.