Michael Connell, the Bush IT expert who has been directly implicated in the rigging of George Bush’s 2000 and 2004 elections, was killed last night when his single engine plane crashed three miles short of the Akron airport. Velvet Revolution (“VR”), a non-profit that has been investigating Mr. Connell’s activities for the past two years, can now reveal that a person close to Mr. Connell has recently been discussing with a VR investigator how he can tell all about his work for George Bush. Mr. Connell told a close associate that he was afraid that George Bush and Dick Cheney would “throw [him] under the bus.”
Story and updates courtesy of MCM
Stark Co. plane crash: Who was Michael Connell?
Michael Connell was killed when the Piper Supercub he was piloting crashed three miles short of an Akron-Canton Airport runway. He leaves behind a wife and four children.
Connell founded New Media Communications, based in Cleveland, is the CEO of GovTech Solutions, based in Akron, and is associated with several other successful IT, marketing and advertising enterprises. His companies have won numerous awards for the development of political websites, marketing campaigns, and use of technology. New Media Communications placed third on the prestigious Weatherhead 100, a list compiled by Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management that recognizes Northeast Ohio’s fastest growing companies.
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Mike Connell, Rove’s boy, is the guy who said he helped steal the 2000 election to “Save the babies.”
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Pilot killed as plane crashes in Lake Twp.
By Jewell Cardwell, John Higgins and David Knox
Beacon Journal staff writers
POSTED: 11:30 p.m. EST, Dec 19, 2008
LAKE TWP.: A single-prop, private airplane crashed next to a vacant
house on Charolais Street Northwest Friday evening, exploding into
flames and killing the pilot.
Michael Connell, 45, of Bath Township, was alone in the plane,
according to State Highway Patrol Lt. Eric Sheppard.
Connell was a prominent Republican political consultant. He founded
New Media Communications in Richfield, which developed campaign Web
sites for Republican presidential candidate John McCain and President
George W. Bush.
The plane was attempting to land around 6 p.m. Friday at Akron-Canton
Airport when it crashed about three miles short of the runway…
Updated at 12:00 PM
Updated at 4:00 PM
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Updated at 5:00 PM
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Early evening, Nov. 4, exit poll showing Prop 8 going down to defeat.
Later in that evening, after adding 72 respondents the exit poll figures switched to show a preference for “Yes.” (Screen shot)
Well, well, well. First we find out, happily, that We the People may not be so fiercely racist after all, as Election ’08 has debunked the (feeble) theory of “the Bradley effect.”
And now it turns out that Americans–at least those in gay-friendly California – may not really been as hostile to gay marriage as the outcome of that state’s election has apparently suggested.
As we think about the possibility that Prop 8 was not really passed by California’s voters, let’s note something that the press, and others, won’t discuss: i.e., that the entire apparatus of computerized voting in this country–the e-voting machines and op-scans and central tabulators, etc.–is largely owned by members of the Christianist far right.
Diebold and ES&S were both begun by Bob and Todd Urosevich, two ardent Oklahoma theocrats, while Triad, which makes the central vote tabulators used in Ohio in 2004, is owned by the Rapp family. SmartTech, the company that helped Bush/Cheney steal that state, is owned by evangelical Jeff Averbeck; and his associate Mike Connell, owner of GovTech Solutions, which also helped to steal Ohio, among other races, was motivated to such work by his desire “to save the babies,” according to Stephen Spoonamore.
Because the rigging of elections is the only way that that fringe movement ever could impose its theocratic program on the rest of us. As Paul Weyrich used to say out loud, the Christianists despise democracy. After all, that system, if allowed to stand, would put the sinful secular majority in charge–and that can’t be allowed.
And so, whether or not it turns out that Prop 8 was rigged to pass, we need to take a good hard look at those machines, and at the companies that own them–and keep them out of our elections.
Meanwhile, let’s all stop assuming that last week’s outcome was legitimate, and look closely at the evidence around Prop 8.
Mark Crispin Miller
From John Gideon:
Today we have reports that ES&S software actually flipped votes in three races at one polling place in Crawford Co Kansas. We also have reports that ES&S software incorrectly reported results in one race in Polk Co North Carolina.
The long count of votes in Hillsborough Co Florida seems to be over with the blame for problems being put, where else, on “human error”. It seems that Premier/Diebold had warned Florida users of their high-speed OSX voting machines that those machines could not take a high-volume of ballots without bogging down and causing problems. Hillsborough ignored that warning. However, why would a vendor put out a system for use in elections that cannot be used in a high-volume of ballots. King Co. Washington wanted badly to use that system. If they had it would have been a disaster.
National: Push to Expand Voter Rolls and Early Balloting in U.S.
National: Election gives early-balloting initiatives a boost
National: Election-Day Problems — Part Deux
CA: Election Night traffic slowed Secretary of State’s computers
FL: Leon County elections officials still counting votes; Boulware needs 158 for House 9 recount
FL: Hillsborough County - Two days after polls close, Johnson concedes Hillsborough elections supervisor race to Busansky ‘ [Diebold/Premier OSX optical-scan system]
FL: Hillsborough County – Hillsborough election fixes up to Busansky
FL: Hillsborough County - Human Error Suspected In Election Results Delay
FL: Hillsborough County – Ousted Johnson Still Blames Voting Machine Firm
FL: Hillsborough County – Editorial – Cleaning up after Johnson’s disaster
KS: Crawford County sees voting machine error
[ES&S ballot programming error that flipped votes in some local races]
KS: Machine error could affect Crawford County attorney race
KS: Crawford County – Error comes from voting machine programming
Officials to test machines Saturday in Frontenac
KS: Crawford County - Error in voting machine could affect four races
Officials to test machines Saturday in Frontenac
IA: Plymouth County - Speedy ballot count? Result of paper voting machines
IN: Hamilton County - 350 Hamilton Co. ballots tossed after error
MN: Man will judge machine: scanner accuracy big in Senate race
MN: Coleman campaign questions big Franken gains
MN: FAQ on the Senate recount
NC: Polk County - Revised results give Democrats sweep in county board race
[ES&S incorrectly reported results]
NC: CD-5 – Goode Issues Statement on 5th District Race
NE: Douglas County – Thousands of early ballots arrive late
NY: [Governor] Paterson Seeks Voting Assessment
NY: Electronic Voting Machines Still in Limbo
SC: Charleston County – Like old times
Voting glitches bring delays of yesteryear to mind
TN: Tenn. will pay $25M for voting machines
State spent millions on paperless version less than five years ago
TN: TN to spend $25M grant on voting machines
TX: Scanning paper ballots best election choice, study says
VA: North Carolina early voting eliminated hassles
VA: Recount Fictions in Virginia’s Fifth
VA: Goode cites ‘irregularities’ in reporting votes
WV: Release of returns delayed
From John Gideon:
As we suspected tabulation of ballots has revealed problems with voting systems from all of the vendors. Hillsborough Co Florida is rethinking their contract with Premier/Diebold for $6M after having big problems counting votes. Manatee Co Florida also had a problem with Premier. Palm Beach Co had bad memory cartridges from Sequoia. Counties in Pennsylvania and South Carolina had problems with their ES&S system. We also have a run-off for senator from Georgia and a recount for senator from Minnesota. This election will last for another month at least.
National: Malfunctioning Machines, Ballot Glitches, Election-Law Litigation — and a Busy Day for Lawyers
National: Voting Rights Watch: Relatively few e-voting problems, but GOP still readies for possible action
AZ: Pima County: 10 precincts and number of early, provisional ballots still uncounted
CA: Santa Cruz County - Vandals hit Santa Cruz County polling places, campaign offices
FL: Hillsborough County - Count Resumes With Hillsborough Elections Chief Race In Limbo
[Johnson said Premier, which he hired for $6 million this year, was dishonest with him and at fault for much of Tuesday's problems with voting machines.]
FL: Hillsborough results tied up by software glitch
FL: Hillsborough vote count likely to continue until Thursday
FL: Count Resumes With Hillsborough Elections Chief Race In Limbo [Diebold/Premier admits the system was bogged down and stalled due to overload]
FL: Manatee County - Manatee solves vote-counting problem [Premier/Diebold]
FL: Manatee County – Small glitch causes big problems in Manatee
FL: Palm Beach County vote results still incomplete [Bad Sequoia memory cartridges]
GA: The OTHER Election Night Story in Georgia: No Early Votes Included in Reported Results
GA: Chambliss and Martin prepare for another four weeks
GA: Gwinnett County - Gwinnett Officials Still Counting Ballots Day After Election
KY: Kenton Co. Judge Rules For Vote Recount
KY: Madison County - Local turnout heavy as computer glitch delays count
MN: Ritchie: Senate recount will involve hundreds, cost $90K
MN: E-Voting Machines Used in Franken, Coleman Race Failed Tests
NC: Onslow County - Padgett wants recount
NH: Long night of ballot snafus marks voting in Kennebunk
OH: Montgomery County election results delayed until late this evening
PA: Centre County Recounts Ballots After Discrepancy [ES&S M-100 precinct based op-scan]
PA: Northumberland County – PA County’s Voting Machines Impounded Following Complaints
SC: Charleston County suffers voting problems on Election Day [ES&S problem. The county had to hand input the results from 17,000 ballots]
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If you have a car, offer to drive friends to polling places.
A growing database of Voter Assemblies is here:
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Here is the plan. Regardless of the declared presidential victor, this Wednesday, we will gather in Voter Assemblies, and we will act:
B. If it is unclear whether voting rights violation rise to the level of election theft, as was the case in Ohio 2004, we will mobilize everywhere to demand a full and complete count of the vote.
C. If it appears that the election result was defined by the rigging of the process, we will rally nationwide to press for progress in enacting democratic reforms.
But first comes a different kind of crunch: Local courts already are seeing an influx of people who, for whatever reason, are not listed as registered voters and are petitioning a judge to be enrolled.
While county boards of election typically have judges available on Election Day to rule on such cases, voters this year are heading to court days or even weeks ahead of time.
In Saratoga County, they’ve even set aside mornings to settle registration disputes.
“We’re letting them come in from 8:30 a.m. to noon,” said Saratoga County Judge Jerry Scarano. “We think election day is going to be very busy.”
“They’re being swamped,” agreed Michael Guiry, a retiree who this year moved back to Edinburgh, in Saratoga County, from Florida to be near his family.
Guiry and his wife registered to vote when they got their New York driver’s licenses, but when Guiry applied for a hunting license a few weeks ago and double-checked his voter status, he wasn’t listed. So he drove to Saratoga for a hearing before Scarano, who put him on the voter rolls.
“We have to go after school,” said Jean Harsen of Kinderhook, who plans to take her 18-year-old son, Johnathan, to Columbia County Court this week.
Harsen said Johnathan registered at a booth set up by Barack Obama supporters at the Columbia County Fair, but the county Board of Elections never got his registration.
There are lots of reasons why registrations don’t show up: Sometimes they’re simply lost, or the people running the voting drives forget to turn them in.
“It’s incumbent upon the people who are doing these drives to bring these forms in,” said Geeta Cheddie, acting election commissioner in Columbia County.
She recounted several stories in which people claimed they had sent in registration cards, but after double-checking realized they hadn’t – or had misplaced the cards altogether.
Geddie said she wasn’t sure what happened with Harsen’s registration.
“The courts are always a recourse,” she said, adding that she’s already referred a few unregistered people to the courthouse in Hudson.
Nor is it the presidential race alone that’s sparking the increase in court visits.
The state Board of Elections last year put registration lists online so that voters can check their status. But even that good work has been complicated by the fact that the state board in Albany was swamped last month with thousands of mail-in registration cards that people printed out from the Web site of Rock the Vote, a nationwide campaign to boost voting by young people.
Normally, individuals register at their local county board of elections, since those are the official repositories for voter rolls. But Rock the Vote had people send registrations to the state, which is required to accept all received before the Oct. 15 deadline. The state office was then obliged to sort and send the cards to the individual counties.
“Every day we would send out a shipment to each county,” said state Board of Elections spokesman Bob Brehm.
The upshot was that registrations may have been in the mail, but they weren’t yet listed on the Web site – creating another reason for nervous voters to head for the courts.
Election lawyer Henry Berger said many voters are figuring they can avoid Election Day hassles by going to court in advance if they have doubts about their registration status.
“Some people are getting more sophisticated about this. They are going in early,” he said.
Rick Karlin can be reached at 454-5758 or firstname.lastname@example.org