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The big news here is that Kerry intends to propose legislation to federalize presidential elections despite the obvious Contstitutional problem that states have always determined how electors are chosen in the Electoral College. And thus we get to see the real reason that politicians like Conyers, Jesse Jackson, Jr. and now Kerry have been fanning the flames of left-wing lunacy over "vote fraud" in Ohio - to create a new means to contend outcomes they don't like in federal court and so find a way to get a case in the hands of lefty courts like the Ninth District in San Francisco.
Isn't any surprise that after conceding the election and admitting that Bush won Ohio, John Kerry is out there "under the radar" trying to have it both ways.
On January 5th, John Kerry sent out an email to 3 million of his supporters where he stated:
I will not be taking part in a formal protest of the Ohio Electors...our legal teams on the ground have found no evidence that would change the outcome of the election.
In the same e-mail Kerry said there were widespread reports of irregularities, questionable practices by some election officials and instances of lawful voters being denied the right to vote but does not cite a single one.
He then adds It's critical to our democracy that we investigate and act to prevent voting irregularities and voter intimidation across the country. We can't stand still as Congressional leaders seek to sweep well-founded voter concerns under the rug...
Vote intimidation? Well-founded voter-concerns? Is Kerry giving credency to the tin foil hat crowd? I might agree with "well-funded" voter concerns but "well-founded"?
Kerry even throws a sop to Michael Moore's favorite congressman when he says A recent report from Representative John Conyers (D-Michigan) reveals very troubling questions that have not yet been answered by Ohio election officials.
Troubling "questions"? How about substance? Is Kerry saying that the crackpot claims of the loony left have merit? If so which ones? Be specific. You know he won't be specific because the claims of the loony left have been widely discredited.
You can read the entire, Kerryesque letter below...
No American citizen should wake up the morning after the election and worry their vote wasn't counted. No citizen should be denied at the polls if they are eligible to vote. And, as the greatest, wealthiest nation on earth, our citizens should never be forced to vote on old, unaccountable and non transparent voting machines from companies controlled by partisan activists.
Tomorrow, members of Congress will meet to certify the results of the 2004 presidential election. I will not be taking part in a formal protest of the Ohio Electors.
Despite widespread reports of irregularities, questionable practices by some election officials and instances of lawful voters being denied the right to vote, our legal teams on the ground have found no evidence that would change the outcome of the election.
But, that does not mean we should abandon our commitment to addressing those problems that happened in Ohio. We must act today to make sure they never happen again.
I urge you to join me in using this occasion to highlight our demand that Congress commit itself this year to reforming the electoral system. A Presidential election is a national federal election but we have different standards in different states for casting and counting votes. We need a national federal standard to solve the problems that occurred in the 2004 election. I will propose legislation to help achieve this.
Florida 2000 was a wake up call. But the Republicans who control Congress ignored it. Will they now ignore what happened in 2004?
There are nearly 3,000,000 of you receiving this email. We accomplished so much together during the campaign. Now let's use our power to make sure that at least one good thing comes from the voting rights problems of the 2004 election. If we want to force real action on election reform, we've got to demand that congressional leaders hold full hearings. Make sure they hear from you and help hold them accountable.
Speaker Dennis Hastert: 1-202-225-0600
Leader Bill Frist: 1-202-224-3135
And please report that you've made your call right here:
I want every vote counted because Americans have to know that the votes they stood in line for, fought for, and strived so hard to cast in an election, are counted. We must make sure there are no questions or doubts in future elections. It's critical to our democracy that we investigate and act to prevent voting irregularities and voter intimidation across the country. We can't stand still as Congressional leaders seek to sweep well-founded voter concerns under the rug.
Please join with me in calling Speaker Hastert and Leader Frist and telling them that you want action on election reform now.
A recent report from Representative John Conyers (D-Michigan) reveals very troubling questions that have not yet been answered by Ohio election officials. I commend the Democratic National Committee for its announcement this week that the DNC will be investing resources and reaching out to non-partisan academics in a long term study of Ohio voting irregularities. I am only sorry that we haven't seen the same from Ohio Secretary of State Blackwell and GOP officials.
Congress must play a positive, proactive role on this issue. That's why I will soon introduce legislation to reform our election system, ensuring transparency and accountability in our voting system and that all Americans have an opportunity to vote and have their vote counted.
Please remember to let us know that you made your call when you're done. We're hoping to ensure House and Senate leaders' offices hear our demand for action on election reform in meaningful way. Please take a moment to let us know you have made your call here: http://www.johnkerry.com/signup/electoral_reform.php
P.S. Thanks to all those who participated in our USO "phone home" campaign last week. The totals are coming in from the USO, and they are thrilled with your generosity and support for our brave men and women in uniform. We will send you totals as we get them.