|Trailer for the 1940 black and white film The Grapes of Wrath. Henry Fonda. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Wonder if Mr. Joad can take a trip up the road via U.S. -23 or I-75 to Michigan and get a wee bit of national exposure to our states' on-going case of "perpetrated election fraud" of Republican Speaker of the House Jase Bolger (R-Marshall) with former Democrat turned Republican on the May 15, 2012, candidate filing primary deadline Roy Schmidt. It would be great if Mr. Joad could investigate why GOP Secretary of State Ruth Johnson along with Gov. Rick Snyder desires to "cover all this up". But, that's another story.
Moving on Tom Joad is a fictional character from John Steinbeck's film The Grapes of Wrath. The late actor Henry Fonda portrayed Tom Joad character in John Ford's 20th-century American novel film adaption. In today's hyper-partisan political climate, Mr. Joad as risen as a symbolic icon of social injustice and protest movements.
To say what's going on in Republican Ohio with Secretary of State Jon Husted is beginning to seem a wee bit like hanging chads 2000 revisited with former Florida GOP Secretary of State Katherine Harris, or Diebold voting machine massacre in Ohio during 2004 with another Republican Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, frankly is downright scary.
Watch this You Tube Video courtesy of Sacco2 regarding what happened in clear viewing TV slights of American voters in 2000 - play close attention to the .15 mark in the video - with the Electoral College Vote Tally Count of then Presidential candidates Democratic Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush.
From War is a Crime Blog on October 28, 2012:
The presidential election of 2004 left much to be desired. Millions of votes were suppressed, and the evidence is overwhelming that votes were flipped by interested parties. Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman summarize:
"The widespread use of electronic voting machines from ES&S, and of Diebold software maintained by Triad, allowed [Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell] to electronically flip a 4% Kerry lead to a 2% Bush victory in the dead of election night. ES&S, Diebold and Triad were all owned or operated by Republican partisans. The shift of more than 300,000 votes after 12:20 a.m. election night was a virtual statistical impossibility.
It was engineered by Michael Connell, an IT specialist long affiliated with the Bush Family. Blackwell gave Connell's Ohio-based GovTech the contract to count Ohio's votes, which was done on servers housed in the Old Pioneer Bank Building in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Thus the Ohio vote tally was done on servers that also carried the e-mail for Karl Rove and the national Republican Party.Feel a bit like a Deja Vu moment might be forecoming on Tuesday but let's hope not.
So, what does Mr. Joad have to do with this. Well, Joad has written what can be best labeled as an advance warning to SOS Jon Husted. Before we share with you our readers -in the hopes you share widely with others- what was written, let's dip a bit into SOS Husted history as Ohio sudo Chief Executive Officer of elections.
During a meeting where SOS Husted addresses the Ohio Association of Election Officials at an 2011 Winter Conference on January 26, 2011, he stated is call enter this 2012 Election season in a "smoother" format, minus his soon to be revealed last minute "changes in law" those pesky little "court orders" that might follow because of it.
And of course, electing "Tea Party Backed" candidate and or so-called "election fraud fixer-uppers" like Secretary of State candidates Ruth Johnson in Michigan and Husted in Ohio was very important to ensure that if the votes didn't tally their way, these folks would be willing to work and fix it immediately.
From Red State Conservative Blog, October 10, 2010 (i.e. prior to then Tuesday, November 3, 2010, elections)
"These races are critical to protecting the conservative agenda. We have to help these three candidates:Mr. Joad is calling Husted out on his dirty deeds which has included in his short time in office an failed attempt to take a case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court on a previous passed law in Ohio, to eliminate early voting hours.
Matt Schultz – Iowa
Jon Husted – Ohio
Ruth Johnson – Michigan"
From the New York Times - October 9, 2012:
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio secretary of state, Jon Husted, said Tuesday that he would appeal to the Supreme Court a decision by a federal appeals court last week that sided with President Obama’s campaign, allowing expanded early voting in the final three days before the election.
“This is an unprecedented intrusion by the federal courts into how states run elections and because of its impact on all 50 states as to who and how elections will be run in America we are asking the Supreme Court to step in and allow Ohioans to run Ohio elections,” Mr. Husted, a Republican, said in a statement.
The United States Court of appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled on Friday that Ohio voters would be “irreparably injured” by a decision from the secretary of state that called for eliminating three days of in-person early voting Nov. 3 to Nov. 5. The court said the decision could be left to individual counties.
The general counsel for the president’s re-election campaign, Bob Bauer, said Tuesday that the secretary of state had chosen litigation over trying to implement the appeals court decision by allowing in-person voting during the final weekend before the election.
“There is no justification for the state’s arbitrary actions this year in trying to deny the vast majority of its voters access to open polling places for the last three days before the election, “ Mr. Bauer said in a statement. “This has been the unanimous conclusion of the courts that have considered this case.”
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