Ohio Holds Funeral on Anniversary of 2004 Elections

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On the the third anniversary of a presidential election so flawed that for the first time in U.S. history, an entire state's Electoral College votes were challenged, Ohioans gather to mourn the death of democracy. Eulogy at Ohio Statehouse and funeral procession past the Board of Elections, Attorney General's and Secretary of State's offices. Unresolved election justice issues include the three Ohio counties surrounding Cincinnati, Ohio, home to General Election (GE) Aviation, major beneficiary of Iraq war. Campaign of Barack Obama (D-Ill) refused to meet with the Ohio Election Justice Campaign to place election justice on his national platform.

The Ohio Election Justice Campaign is holding a funeral for democracy on Friday, November 2, 2007, in Columbus, Ohio. This is the third anniversary of a presidential election so flawed that for the first time in U.S. history, an entire state's Electoral College votes were challenged. Considered a swing state, Ohio clinched the 2004 presidential election.

The funeral begins with a eulogy in front of the Ohio Statehouse, followed by a funeral procession past the Board of Elections and the offices of the Secretary of State and Attorney General. A memorial service honoring the 2004 voters will be held at a local church. Mourners of the election are invited to a wake for democracy in the evening.

The OEJC seeks to raise awareness of election justice issues before the 2008 presidential election. A coalition of concerned citizens and election experts, the OEJC is endorsed by the Black Leadership Forum and the Election Defense Alliance, http://www.electiondefensealliance.org/OEJC

Outstanding issues include the feigned Homeland Security lockdown in Warren County during the election; alleged adjustment of tabulation machines to alter the count in Butler County; and the unexplained Clermont County ballots, which, for example, display a Democratic vote for president covered with a white sticker and the Republican oval marked, http://wakeupandsaveyourcountry.com/oejc.html.

These suburban counties surround Cincinnati, Ohio, and account for more than the entire winning margin in the 2004 presidential election. These counties, along with Hamilton County, home to Cincinnati, also failed to preserve their 2004 ballots in violation of the U.S. District Court order issued on September 7, 2006 in King Lincoln v. Blackwell, http://moritzlaw.osu.edu/electionlaw/litigation/klbna.php.

Cincinnati hosts three of the world's largest corporations, representing over $500 billion in market capitalization: Proctor & Gamble (PG), Fidelity (FMR) operations, and General Electric (GE) Aviation. GE Aviation is a primary DOD beneficiary in the Iraq war.

In 2001, a three-day riot arose in Cincinnati and its surrounding suburbs over the acquittal of an officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man. Downtown Cincinnati is still boycotted by groups objecting to racial profiling.

Barack Obama (D-Ill), Democratic primary presidential candidate, rallied the vote in Ohio on October 26, 2007, but his campaign refused to meet with the OEJC to place election justice on his national platform.

Use your dollars to defend democracy. Donate at http://www.electiondefensealliance.org/OEJC

For more information, contact the OEJC, Paddy Shaffer, 614-761-0621, paddy(at)columbus.rr.com or Marj Creech, 740-739-1390, risenregan(at)earthlink.net

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