All Three Still Allowed to Work at Cuyahoga County Board Even While
In case you don't know, the ballots from the 2004 Presidential Election
in Ohio have never actually been counted. Or even recounted.
The "official" recount, called for by the Green and Libertarian Parties
in the state, was gamed and carried out completely against state law by Ohio's
Sec. of State (and Bush/Cheney's Re-Election Committee Co-Chair) J. Kenneth
The Green and Libertarian Parties are still
challenging that recount in Federal Court. As well, two Cuyahoga County
Election Officials were indicted
last August for gaming that (non)recount.
And today, AP
informs us, a third one has just been nabbed as well...
CLEVELAND (AP) — The third highest ranking employee at the Cuyahoga
County Board of Elections has been indicted on charges of mishandling ballots
during the 2004 presidential election recount.
Jacqueline Maiden is the third board worker charged with six counts alleging
that Ohio laws were not followed in the selection and review of ballots for
Maiden, now the board's elections coordinator, was the director of the elections
division during the recount in December 2004.
Two other board workers, Rosie Grier and Kathleen Dreamer, were indicted
in August and scheduled for trial May 8. Dreamer was the manager of the board's
ballot department and Grier was an assistant manager.
Amazingly enough -- or perhaps not, since this is Ohio, after all,
where the rule of law no longer actually applies -- the story also reports that
"All three [indicted] employees continue to work at the board."
"We're in the process of converting to the electronic voting, and we
need our best people," board chairman Bob Bennett said. "We've moved
them from any responsibility of recount or responsibility of ballots."
Sure you have, Bob. We all feel much better. We guess by "best people"
he means the ones who are most indicted.
(Perhaps he should consider hiring the affable Jack Abramoff to answer the
phones for them during this busy season?!)