For the full effect of Cuyahoga elections under Bennett, click on each video link and watch for yourself.
Start with#1, Bennett's election night speech, watch each one below,then go back and watch #1 again.
1. Election Night Back at the Board - Bennett's Speech
• Bennett continues to:
- ignore facts of systemic election problems brought before him at the day's earlier meeting;
- obfuscate the reality of election day problems, instead of identifying them so they can be solved;
- inferentially and directly attack "his opponents" who want fair voting;
- minimize/or not recognize even the dangers of citizens not being able to properly track election precinct reporting results, while also not being able to watch any "counting" inside the Diebold computers.
- confusing polls and precincts and all else, so no one there could get any idea of the problems really going on
- highly under-reporting problems (as seen later) that he as Director should have had knowledge about, but may not have
- continuing to blame BOE problems on those who anyone who can't defend themselves publicly, such as pollworkers and custodians
- inferring that volunteer election day Observers at the polls were obstructive
- inferring that one citizen problem (as seen "accidentally" later) was a large one, and Bennett, as usual highlights this, as he constantly refers to citizen/voters as the cheats, himself and BOE "pure."
- already indicted, and hesitantly caught again between telling the truth outright, or helping to paint the Bennett-desired picture;
- changing the 4 and 14 polls precinct numbers mentioned before, to 20 more with problems;
- offering assurance that no one was turned away because of machines were not up or malfunctioning, and that all voters were being offered paper ballots, which again turned out to be highly under-"estimated" (as seen later;)
- mentioning that the BOE had sent out precinct-specific paper ballots to those 20 places, without Bennett even questioning where they were getting those ballots - were they printed off Diebold computers, or the official, numbered and auditable ballots created by the print shop; (Though Bennett had stated numerous times to concerned citizens who came to meetings before the election that an independent audit "by a certified company" would occur, no such independent audit ensued nor was even attempted.)
- offerring, unlike Vu, that Observers were offering a huge help to a better election day process.
- ascribing the still under-reported long lines at the polls being due to too much on the ballot!
- and even laughing, with no disagreement from Bennett, that voters were taking the time to read "Issue 1" that had been removed from the ballot- when it was the board's responsibility to have poll workers inform all voters that the issue was removed.
- despite all the machine problems in May's election, no provision had been made to properly store and immediately count these regular ballots from mostly strongly Democratic precincts, and to separate them from provisionals which needed verification.
- in my later observing of provisional's not counted, there were a number discounted, just because of missing provisional information - because poll workers were unclear about putting the regular votes into provisional envelopes, and then improperly marking them as regular votes needing no further ID.
6. Then with the intervention of Congresswoman Stepahnie Tubbs-Jones, the few people who had actually been at polls or been monitoring and who came to the meeting for other reasons, began coming forward, revealing systemic problems, and shattering all the "pretty good election"/no major problems picture.
- A. A University Heights resident talked of his vote-switching machine, that went unreported, and which Vu euphemistically calls "the calibration problem." We cannot assume that. This careful voter's problem was in a judicial race, little noticed by most. One can only wonder if this "calibration problem" had a pattern in many more precincts, and if it favored one judge.
- B. A Video the Vote volunteer from Massachusetts, expecting to only come to video the meeting, noting two polls to which she had been randomly assigned, but not mentioned by Vu or anyone, where poll workers knew nothing about using paper ballots in the face of non-running machines, and sending voters away. Unfamiliar with Cuyahoga, she seemed amazed at Bennett's trying to make it seem that these were only two more instances, and his refusal to admit that there must be a far wider problem than being reported.
- C. Dr. Norman Robbins concerned about years-long invalid registration rolls and invalid provisional vote verification, causing many votes to be improperly not counted. Though such verification was to start the next day, Bennett told Robbins, as usual, they'd handle that later, which time for Bennett never happens.
Robbins pointed out that in 2004 he had brought over 900 names, addresses, etc. of voters improperly not counted, and that Bennett let the election certification proceed anyhow. Another hole in Bennett's ridiculous current argument that had he known about '04 counting improprieties, he would have stopped certification of that election and started again!
- D. Marcia McCoy points out more systemic voter registration problems that keep voters' votes from being counted.
- E. Attorney Leslye Huff and the Congresswoman go along with Bennett's usual taking inordinate amounts of time on one issue in a meeting to deflect from the systemic nature of problems at the BOE. You'll see why this video is called "Are you ready to eat your words, Mr. Bennett?" Even that 1/2 hour blew up in Bennett's face, where everyone there could see the incompetence of the board and that Bennett was covering, not helping the magnitude of problems.
- Bennett only angry about the court order never thought to advise staff to inform those poll workers to make sure voters could still find the polls, typically all 16 with strong Democratic voting, but here with no signs, and in November's pitch dark.
- Also you'll note no poll worker knowing to properly question the presence of the non-voting man who saunters in.
Now, for the full effect of Bennett's obfuscation about Cuyahoga election problems, instead of
- sound management,
- finding sources of problems and fixing them,
- and his unwarranted attacks on "his opponents" who want fair elections,
For all of our sakes, Bob Bennett must leave.