Here’s an election story you should know about.

November 3, 2008 at 12:50 pm (election) (, , , , , , , , , )

Voter fraud is a pretty serious thing.  I’ve learned a thing or two about it today, and I wanted to pass it on to you.  After reading this post, go over to BradBlog and Velvet Revolution to learn more about this historic case.  Also, read the transcript of the interview I heard today on NPR, which has the most complete story of this whole mess.

Let me introduce you to a guy named Mike Connell.

Mike Connell has been described as a “high tech Forrest Gump”, and is the master of election Internet architecture.  Basically, he knows everything about how votes are collected and stored online across the country and he’s in the Republicans’ pocket.

His company, GovTech Solutions, created Ohio’s 2004 election results computer network, but for some reason, the election results went from Ohio’s Secretary of State’s server to a server in the basement of an office in Tennessee (for SmarTech Inc., a Chattanooga Tennessee IT company known for its close association with the Republican Party), and then back to Ohio to be turned in.  This is a scam known as “Man in the Middle” and the allegations are that many votes were flipped from Democrat to Republican.

Mike Connell was subpoenaed last week for this case, which is part of a huge voter fraud lawsuit filed in Ohio called King Lincoln v. Blackwell, but Connell defied the subpoena.  The lawyers filed a motion to “compel compliance” from Connell, and the judge ordered Connell to appear today and to be deposed for two hours about his role in this mess.  Now, Connell has apparently been willing to testify in the past, but was apparently threatened by Karl Rove, telling him that if Connell did not take the fall for this whole thing, the Department of Justice would start investigating Connell’s wife Heather for improper lobbying practices.

This could be huge.

The reason this is being done in Ohio, by the way, is that they have some of the strongest racketeering laws in the country.

Mark Crispin Miller, the guy interviewed on NPR today, said that a large voter turnout and an interested public makes it much harder for “them” to pull off any sort of voter fraud, which is good news.  However, it’s amazing that this is nowhere on CNN today.

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