Vote tampering in Ohio, 2004

Kathy Dopp’s project keeps turning up reasons to watch out for electronic voting machines, and other tampering with elections.

Below the fold I copy a recent e-mail from Dopp’s group. If true, the allegations here paint a sad picture of the U.S. as a nation plunging to third-world status in important areas, such as democratic elections.

I wish it were different, but for myself, I have little confidence that either the 2000 or 2004 election was straight up. Was it crooked enough to skew results? Let me know what you think in comments.

Dopp’s e-mail follows:

Richard Hayes Phillips’ momentous work examining Ohio’s 2004 ballots is discussed in Michael Collin’s article (see forwarded email below). The National Election Data Archive’s Ron Baiman assisted with some of the Ohio ballot examination work. This evidence of widespread ballot tampering that became available only after 22 months later when ballots were available to the public, is consistent with Ohio’s 2004 presidential exit poll discrepancies which Ron Baiman and myself showed earlier are consistent with outcome-reversing vote miscount.

After reading Richard Hayes Phillip’s declaration (linked to in the article below but written almost a year ago) it would be impossible (for me at least) to conclude that the Ohio 2004 presidential election was not fraudulently stolen (and blatantly so) for GW Bush. If this “sounds” partisan, I apologize, but facts are facts. Any political party can participate in ballot tampering when elections are not subjected to routine independent audits “before” certification – not two years after an election!

In the Ohio 2004 presidential election:

1. large numbers of punch-card ballots appear to have been pre-(or post?) punched for third party presidential candidates – in ways that voters would probably not notice but which would negate their presidential votes. This occurred in heavily Democratic-leaning precincts.

2. with Ohio’s former punch-card system the ballot has to be paired to the correct punch card “machine” for each particular precinct due to rotating the candidate ordering – so that numerous Kerry votes were switched to third party candidate votes by allowing voters in Democratic-leaning polling places with multiple precincts to “use any punch-card machine”.

3. absentee ballots were counted twice (and it looks deliberate in some cases) by Diebold tabulators in some areas, and that fact was hidden in the data due to the way Diebold reports are programmed, and counties fail to implement any security procedures to prevent it.

4. rampant destruction of evidence by someone in these same Ohio counties – The unvoted ballots (that could have shown pre-punched ballots for third party candidates in precincts that tended to vote Democratic) were destroyed or missing in most of the counties where this pre-punched phenomena in Democratic districts occurred – despite a federal court order to preserve all unvoted ballots.

plus other very anomalous patterns in the Ohio paper ballots that are consistent with ballot tampering and little else.

After looking at this ballot tampering evidence gathered in Ohio, it would be irresponsible to use invisible electronic ballots, counted with trade secret software, and simply trust that all of the hundreds of election insiders and voting system makers involved with each county’s voting system will be 100% honest and infallible.

Verifiable election integrity requires voter-marked ballots (with ballot marking devices for voters who need them) and immediate routine manual audits!

Give your election officials and legislators this one-page (2-sided) handout on election auditing:

Click to access CriticalAuditMethodology.pdf

———- Forwarded message ———-

From: Michael Collins <>

Date: Nov 7, 2007 10:26 PM

Subject: Stealing Ohio 2004 – The Case Heats Up

To: MichaelCollins <>

There is a benign force in the universe! The most important election law litigation proceeds in Ohio. In this federal law suit, citizens charge “the Ohio Republican Party,” Kenneth Blackwell and others with ELECTION FRAUD. And the plaintiffs have the goods. This article reviews the stunning case developed a legal team headed by Cliff Arnebeck and the extraordinary researcher and sleuth Richard Hayes Phillips, PhD. The Ohio boards of elections can destroy evidence but it’s already documented. Time for truth! Cheers,

Michael Collins

Collins: Stealing Ohio 2004 – The Case Heats Up

Thursday, 8 November 2007, 2:59 pm

Article: Michael Collins

“Letters from the Edge”

By Michael Collins

“Scoop” Independent News

Washington, DC (Part 1)

April, 2007. Columbus, Ohio. 56 of 88 Ohio counties defied a federal court order and failed to return some or all of the 2004 presidential ballots that they were ordered to retain indefinitely. Over 1.5 million ballots were destroyed or lost, key evidence for major federal law suit charging election fraud and voter suppression in the 2004 presidential contest. For example: “fraudulent votes … cast for George W. Bush; inflating of vote tabulations in areas that tended to vote for George Bush.”

What impact will the massive destruction of evidence by Ohio counties have on the federal case charging criminal election fraud in the 2004 presidential election? Some, but the case is still viable. Devastating findings by researchers for the plaintiffs are reviewed and a motive the destruction is provided. But first here are two more outstanding “Letters from the Edge” courtesy of Ohio elections officials trying to explain the mishandling and destruction of evidence. .

Kathy Dopp

The material expressed herein is the informed product of the author Kathy Dopp’s fact-finding and investigative efforts. Dopp is a Mathematician, Expert in election audit mathematics and procedures; in exit poll discrepancy analysis; and can be reached at

P.O. Box 680192

Park City, UT 84068

phone 435-658-4657

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