Read More About Ohio’s 2004 Election Mess

My editorial in this week’s issue, “Blackwell’s Mess Rolling On,” barely scratches the surface of the controversy surrounding President Bush’s narrow victory over John Kerry in Ohio in 2004. Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s detailed article in the June 1 issue of Rolling Stone, “Was the 2004 Election Stolen?” has reignited debate over whether Kerry would have won the state if everyone who wanted to vote were allowed to and if all the votes had been counted.

Besides Kennedy’s article, here’s a list of other reading material for those wanting to get better informed on the issue of Ohio’s election mess:

• June 29 article by Bob Fitrakis on Columbus Free Press Web site, “Blackwell, the Black Vote and God’s Will in the Buckeye State”

• June 12 column by Bob Herbert in The New York Times, “Those Pesky Voters” (registration required)

• June 7 editorial in The New York Times, “Block the Vote, Ohio Remix” (registration required)

• Report by the Democratic National Committee’s Voting Rights Institute, “Democracy at Risk: The 2004 Election in Ohio”

U.S. Department of Justice’s study of 2004 voting issues in Franklin County (Columbus)

• Links to two books: How the GOP Stole America’s 2004 Election and Is Rigging 2008 by Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman and Did George W. Bush Steal America’s 2004 Election? Ohio’s Essential Documents by Bob Fitrakis, Harvey Wasserman and Steve Rosenfeld

— John Fox

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