Monday, December 20, 2004

VERMONT ELECTORS DENOUNCE UNCONSTITUTIONAL RESTRICTION OF RIGHT TO VOTE

Dec. 15 (EIRNS)--VERMONT ELECTORS DENOUNCE UNCONSTITUTIONAL
RESTRICTION OF RIGHT TO VOTE; CALL FOR CONGRESS TO TAKE UP
VALIDITY OF OHIO VOTE. The following resolution is in the process
of adoption by the three certified electors of the state of
Vermont. It is expected to be released to the public on Monday.
The full text follows:

- Resolution -
WHEREAS our democracy depends on fair elections; and
WHEREAS troubling questions have been raised about the
integrity of Ohio's 2004 presidential election by many members of
Congress; and
WHEREAS the Ohio vote was marred by significant
irregularities, discrepancies, anomalies and other problems as
disclosed by US Representative John Conyers, and a number of
members of the House Judiciary Committee and elsewhere in the
Congress, and
WHEREAS the Government Accounting Office is undertaking a
systematic and comprehensive review of election irregularities in
Ohio, Florida, New Mexico and certain other states, the Congress
having received about 57,000 complaints about voting machine
breakdowns, inaccuracies, intimidation, suppression and other and
similar violations of voter rights, and
WHEREAS unequal and discriminatory voter access and
treatment, as may have occurred in Ohio and elsewhere, violate
the Equal Protection guarantee of the Constitution's Fourteenth
Amendment and would call into question the validity of Elector
certification from Ohio and certain other states under the
Electoral Count Act (3 USC S5) and the teachings of Bush v. Gore,
and as a result the Congress could decide that Elector votes from
Ohio and certain other states were not "regularly given" by
properly certified Electors under the Act (3 USC S15), and
WHEREAS the Congress could determine the validity of
Electoral college votes from Ohio and certain other states
following receipt by the Senate President of Objections from at
least one member of the house and one member of the Senate, and
WHEREAS as citizens and Electors, we are committed to fair
elections and equal voting rights for all,
THEREFORE IT IS RESOLVED that that Senators Jeffords and
Leahy and Representative Sanders (1) give due and sufficient
consideration to the results of the ongoing investigation of
voting irregularities in Ohio's 2004 presidential election; (2)
support the GAO's inquiry into and review of thousands of reports
of systemic and other 2004 voting and election deficiencies; (3)
sponsor or otherwise support legislation (a) mandating paper
records, trails, or backups for all absentee ballots under the
Help America Vote Act (HAVA), (b) uniform rules for the issuance
and tabulation of provisional and absentee ballots under the Help
America Vote Act (HAVA), and (c) sufficient funding for full and
fair implementation of HAVA; and (4) if warranted by evidence of
widespread violations of voter constitutional rights in the 2004
election in Ohio and certain other states, as now appears, under
3 U.S.C S15 on the ground that such Electoral certifications are
invalid and that, as a result, these Electoral votes were not
regularly given by qualified, legal elections.''

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