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RECOUNT IN OHIO A SURE THING
Green Party Campaign Raises $150,000 in 4 days, Shifts Gears to Phase
On Thursday, David Cobb, the Green Party's 2004
presidential candidate, announced his intention to seek a recount of the
vote in Ohio. Since the required fee for a statewide recount is
$113,600, the only question was whether that money could be raised in
time to meet the filing deadline. That question has been answered.
"Thanks to the thousands of people who have
contributed to this effort, we can say with certainty that there will be
a recount in Ohio," said Blair Bobier, Media Director for the Cobb-LaMarche
"The grassroots support for the recount has
been astounding. The donations have come in fast and furiously, with the
vast majority in the $10-$50 range, allowing us to meet our goal for the
first phase of the recount effort in only four days," said Bobier.
Bobier said the campaign is still raising money for
the next phase of the recount effort which will be recruiting, training
and mobilizing volunteers to monitor the actual recount.
The Ohio presidential election was marred by
numerous press and independent reports of mis-marked and discarded
ballots, problems with electronic voting machines and the targeted
disenfranchisement of African American voters. A number of citizens'
groups and voting rights organizations are holding the second of two
hearings today in Columbus, Ohio, to take testimony from voters, poll
watchers and election experts about problems with the Ohio vote. The
hearing, from 6-9 p.m., will be held at the Courthouse, meeting room A,
373 S. High St., in Columbus. The Cobb-LaMarche campaign will be
represented at the hearing by campaign manager Lynne Serpe.
A demand for a recount in Ohio can only be filed by
a presidential candidate who was either a certified write-in candidate
or on the ballot in that state. Both Green Party candidate David Cobb
and Libertarian candidate Michael Badnarik will be demanding a recount.
No other candidate has stated an intention to seek a recount and no
other citizen or organization would have legal standing to do so in
Ohio. The Cobb-LaMarche campaign is still exploring the possibility of
seeking recounts in other states but no decision has been made yet.