CRAWFORD, Texas Nov 26, 2004 — President Bush warned Friday that the world “is watching very closely” as Ukraine tries to sort through charges of vote fraud following a disputed presidential election in the former Soviet republic.
The United States and other Western nations contend that massive fraud marked the presidential runoff election in the Ukraine, and its highest court has ordered election officials not to publish the results until an appeal is heard next week.
Bush, speaking to reporters covering his vacation visit here, said he hopes a clear and credible winner would emerge.
“There’s just a lot of allegations of vote fraud that placed the result of the election in doubt,” he said as he entered a restaurant near his ranch.
And yet, somewhere on the same planet…
→ A group of high-ranking congressional Democrats who had called for a federal probe of the November election announced Tuesday that the Government Accountability Office would investigate irregularities with voting machines and provisional ballots nationwide.
→ Eighteen days following the initial request, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has agreed this week to investigate several incidents of election problems from the recent November election to satisfy the concerns brought forth by U.S. Reps. John Conyers (D-MI), Barbara Lee (D-CA), and 12 other congressmembers.
→ Irregularities associated with electronic voting machines may have awarded 130,000 excess votes or more to President George W. Bush in Florida.
→ Memory shortages in electronic voting machines have been blamed in the loss of more than 4,000 votes in Carteret County on Election Day, possibly altering the outcome of two Council of State races.
→ A recently found computer glitch in the voting machines in Franklin County, Indiana has given a democrat enough votes to bump a republican from victory in a County Commissioner’s race. The company who made the voting machine is also checking into programming of it’s equipment in nine other Indiana counties.
→ Computer experts are questioning the security of the all-electronic voting machines being used in this year’s presidential election, but the problems posed by this new approach to recording the vote run much deeper than vote tampering or lost data.
→On Nov. 19, Dr. Charles Gessert along with Progressive Action announced their support for Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., and other organizations around the country who are trying to launch a full investigation into possible voting irregularities in Ohio, Florida, Nebraska, North Carolina and elsewhere.
→ After almost eight hours of questioning of three witnesses by attorneys on both sides of the suit challenging the outcome of the city of Bastrop’s Nov. 2 sales tax election, a question at the end of the day by 4th District Court Judge Wilson Rambo – just before he recessed the hearing until next week – may have summed up what was learned about alleged irregularities in voting on the proposal.
→ The Rev. Jesse Jackson and his Rainbow/PUSH Coalition civil rights group want to call attention to the fact that votes in Ohio are still undergoing the official count, he said Thursday. Jackson also is questioning whether enough voting machines were provided in inner-city precincts and whether fraud could have occurred in counties that use electronic machines without paper records of ballots.
Catch my drift yet?