Sunday, September 28, 2008


Pollworkers for Democracy on September 26th sent out an e-mail to at least one Stark Countian suggesting that Stark County may be in line to be an Ohio project to deny locals their vote on November 4th.

According to the e-mail (referring to an article in The Michigan Messenger:

As sickening as that sounds, it's exactly what's being planned in some counties in Michigan and Ohio — and those are just the places we've heard about so far.

The e-mail did not directly say that Stark County was a target but the clear implication of the e-mail suggest such is the plan.

Confirming, this admonition, the e-mail included the following:

The good news is that you can fight back in Stark County. How? By becoming a pollworker.

Why does the The Michigan Messenger have a subtitle "African-American"voters?

According to another excerpt from the article:

The Macomb County party’s plans to challenge voters who have defaulted on their house payments is likely to disproportionately affect African-Americans who are overwhelmingly Democratic voters. More than 60 percent of all sub-prime loans — the most likely kind of loan to go into default — were made to African-Americans in Michigan, according to a report issued last year by the state’s Department of Labor and Economic Growth.

The STARK COUNTY POLITICAL REPORT (The Report) finds it hard to believe that our local Republicans would with purpose aforethought would want to target African-American voters or anyone else who has had tragic economic misfortune come their way.

Say the Pollworkers for Democracy e-mail is unfounded Stark County Republican chair Jeff Matthews. It is totally off base, isn't it?

One has to wonder whether or not the Pollworkers for Democracy have been in touch with Stark County Democratic Party chair Johnnie A. Maier, Jr and his Democrat sidekick at the Stark County Board of Elections (BOE) Attorney Sam Ferruccio, Jr.

Readers will recall The Report's accounts of how Maier orchestrated the exit of long time member (13 years) and former ironworker Billy Sherer in favor of local attorney Sam Ferruccio. Maier said at the time that the move was made on the recommendation of Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner that local parties should be appointing attorneys to BOEs (Brunner denied that she made any such recommendation, once the glare of media publicity engulfed her - such is the world of politics Chairman Maier, no?).

So as it turns out, maybe Maier, recommended or not, made a prescient move. He could be a regular little ole "Jim Dandy to the rescue."

What shall we say? Go Jim Dandy, go Jim Dandy?

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