Wednesday, November 16, 2005


Don't trust Internet conspiracy theorists when it comes to the 2004 Ohio vote

Fitrakis and Wasserman report an interesting tidbit. They say that Blackwell & Co. illegally removed thousands of voters from the rolls. Ohio's laws encompass no ban on ex-felon voting rights. But Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell also served as the state co-chair of the Bush-Cheney campaign. As chief administrator of Ohio's 2004 election, Blackwell allowed county Boards of Elections to send threatening letters to thousands ex-felons or alleged ex-felons. Letters also went to many registered voters who had been convicted of no crime at all, helping give George W. Bush a second term. Since, according to the New York Times Online, we should never trust anything we read from Internet conspiracy theorists, I took a look at academic Christopher Uggen's webpage. He confirms that Ohio's laws only permit the disenfranchisement of inmates. And the fact that Ohio systematically disenfranchised people who had the right to vote was confirmed by the The Village Voice. So, I guess I agree with The Times. Don't trust Internet conspiracy theorists who tell you, for example, that Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction or that George Bush achieved his presidency lawfully. Wasserman and Fitrakis, on the other hand, have a pretty good track record for accuracy.
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