Another few thousand reasons to NOT VOTE FOR BARACK OBAMA

Chicago Board of Elections Refused Nine Republican Candidates Ballot Access
CBOE Threw Out 72% of the Republicans' Signatures
As with fish, the Chicago Board of Elections (CBOE) is rotting from the head down. The Cook County Circuit Court is currently deciding whether or not to remove CBOE Chairman Langdon Neal from office. During his 15 year tenure, CBOE Chairman Neal has personally earned $30 to $40 million from numerous and substantial conflicts of interests. Neal's law firm received over $100 million from the same public officials whose elections he conducted and certified. It doesn't stop there. Neal personally collected over $11 million in fees for lobbying the mayor and aldermen whose elections he previously oversaw.
In spite of the intense scrutiny of Neal's private legal business conflicting with his election commissioner duties, Neal continues to abuse his election authority. Recently CBOE Chairman Neal and his underlings denied ballot access to all nine Illinois Republican state legislative candidates who filed to run against Democrats in November, 2012. The boundaries for these nine legislative districts are partially or completely in Chicago
Illinois election law requires state representative and state senator candidates to submit a minimum number of signatures for their names to appear on the ballot. The number of required signatures varies with each candidate's district. Three of the nine Republican candidates-Scott Campbell, George MaAyteh, and Tom Morris-needed a minimum of 1,000 valid signatures and the remaining six candidates needed at least 500 valid signatures (see table below).
CBOE Chairman Neal and two other CBOE commissioners had the final authority to determine the validity of the signatures submitted by all candidates. The CBOE commissioners denied ballot access to all nine Republican candidates for the very same reason: insufficient number of valid signatures.
Republican Signature Statistics1
Valid Signatures Invalid Signatures Percentage of Invalid Signatures
Gregory Bedell
Scott Campbell
Juan Diaz
George MaAyteh
Paul Minervino
Thomas Morris
Roy Pletsch
Evelyn Reid
Kimberly Small
3,294 is the total number of valid signatures
8,561 is the total number of invalid signatures
72% is the total percentage of invalidated signatures
The fact that the CBOE denied all nine Republican candidates ballot access is highly suspicious. Invalidating an average of 72% of the Republican candidates' signatures warrants a criminal investigation. One or two Republicans with 72% invalid signatures would be a startling statistic. But 72% as an average for all nine Republican candidates can only mean the CBOE was biased in favor of the Democrats and prejudiced against the Republicans.
The CBOE preventing non-machine candidates' names from appearing on the ballot has been going on for years. Sixteen years ago Barack Obama ran unopposed for the Illinois state senate because the CBOE invalidated 62% of Obama's four opponents' signatures.
The Democratic Controlled State Legislature and the CBOE are in Cahoots
The CBOE commissioners, the circuit court judges who appointed the them, the City of Chicago executive branch who hired CBOE employees, and Democratic state legislators are all important parts of the Chicago machine. Each facet of the Chicago machine plays a role in denying the Republican candidates ballot access.
The Illinois state legislature wrote the law that established the appointment of the three CBOE election commissioners. In fact, according to Illinois election law commissioners must maintain their partisanship or face removal from office. The election law states that if either the Democratic or Republican party is not represented on the election board, then the circuit court must remove one commissioner and replace him or her with a commissioner from the unrepresented party. The problem has been that the Republican party has not had any true representation on the CBOE board for over 25 years. In other words, the circuit court judges are failing to follow Illinois election law. Circuit court judges don't want to appoint a true Republican election commissioner because it would make it more difficult for the CBOE board to deny ballot access to non-machine candidates.
The Illinois election law that requires the circuit court to appoint partisan, Chicago election commissioners is outdated. Chicago doesn't hold partisan elections any more. In 1994 the city switched from partisan elections to non-partisan elections. Candidates for aldermen, city clerk, city treasurer, and mayor do not run with any party affiliation. Hence, the election law that requires partisan Chicago election commissioners does not accurately reflect the city only holding non-partisan elections to elect its public officials.
The same political machine bosses who control the elections for state senator and state representative also control the elections for Cook County judges. Since these circuit court judges are beholden to the machine bosses who put them on the bench, circuit court judges appoint whomever the machine honchos want as CBOE election commissioners. Circuit court judges must obey their machine bosses when dealing with the CBOE or the judges will face the wrath of the machine when they are up for reelection.
The Democratic state legislators who are members of the machine write the election law that the CBOE applies to each candidate and each election. The CBOE's interpretation of Illinois election laws depends on a candidate's status with the machine. CBOE commissioners liberally apply Illinois election laws in favor of machine candidates every chance they can. On the other hand, CBOE commissioners narrowly apply Illinois election law to stop non-machine candidates from appearing on the ballot when it is the least bit feasible. Since the nine Republican candidates dared to defy the Chicago machine by merely attempting to run for public office, the CBOE evaluated their signatures with the strictest possible standards.
It seems obvious that candidates making it on the Chicago ballot has more to do with the candidates affiliation with the machine then it does with the U.S. Constitution or Illinois election law.
Biased CBOE Election Commissioners is Not Enough to Favor the Machine
It's not just the CBOE election commissioners who show favoritism to machine candidates. As with CBOE election commissioners many of the 124 CBOE workers were hired at the behest of influential Chicago machine honchos. From 1988 to 2004 the Daley administration illegally hired thousands of workers, including those working at the CBOE. Chicago patronage workers' jobs depended upon them campaigning for Mayor Richard M. Daley and Daley's favored candidates. Voters are still feeling the effect of the job rigging scandal that gave Daley and his allies an insurmountable advantage at the polls. Fair and competitive Chicago elections are impossible as long as a majority of CBOE employees continue to take orders from their machine sponsors.
The Democratic controlled Illinois state legislature established an extremely adversarial and onerous signature validation process for the purpose of helping the CBOE deny non-machine candidates ballot access. Because Democrats at the CBOE control ballot access, the more state legislators wrote election laws to make it difficult to access the ballot, the more it benefited Democratic candidates. The November, 2012 election is a perfect example. As a result of the CBOE denying nine Republican candidates ballot access, nine Democratic candidates will now run unopposed.
If Illinois Democratic state legislators spent as much time working on the state's fiscal problems as they did conniving ways to protect their machine and political offices, the state of Illinois could dig itself out of the massive debt incurred by these self-serving Democratic public officials.
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To view the CBOE decisions on the nine Republican candidates, click here. Their names are listed in column 3. To read the CBOE decisions for each Republican candidate, click the word "Decision" that is highlighted in blue on the left-hand side of the page.
The number of valid and invalid signatures listed in the table comes directly from the CBOE's decisions. A candidate's percentage of invalid signatures was determined by the following formula: the number of the candidate's invalid signatures divided by the total number of signatures the candidate submitted. The CBOE listed the total number of each candidates' signatures in its descions. The total number of each candidate's signatures can also be derived by adding the valid signatures in column 2 with the invalid signatures in column 3. Enjoy Jay Stones hard Work, Patrick McDonough

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Obama's Strategy to Win at All Costs Violated His Challengers' Civil Rights
The Chicago Board of Elections' Biased Decisions Eliminated Barack Obama's Four Opponents for State Senate
Political pundits often joke about Chicago corruption: "Vote early, vote often." "Chicago is where the dead resurface to vote." The Chicago machine has controlled the Chicago Board of Elections (CBOE) since the early 1990s. To insure that Cook County Circuit Court judges would receive favorable treatment from the CBOE when they ran for office, local judges appointed a corruptible, third generation Chicago machine politician named Langdon Neal to head the CBOE. Neal is infamous because his law firm received $101 million in no-bid government contracts from the same politicians whose elections he conducted and certified.
With influential members such as Langdon Neal in charge of the CBOE, the machine no longer needs the dead to vote or voters to stuff the ballot boxes. The Chicago political mafia found a much easier way to win their elections. The political hacks in charge of the CBOE use their election authority to stop candidates who are unaffiliated with the machine from appearing on the ballot. Machine candidates have an unimpeded path to public offices because they often run unopposed-like Barack Obama did when he won his first election in 1996.
The machine's henchmen working at the CBOE showed Barack Obama's four 1996 state senate opponents no mercy. The CBOE ruled that 62% of the signatures that these opponents submitted with their nominating petitions were invalid. Two of Obama's state senate challengers were so outraged, they filed federal court lawsuits. However, the two Obama opponents who sued could not present the evidence nor make the arguments below because in 1996 ballot access information wasn't readily available on the Internet. Whether it is a future U.S. presidential candidate or candidates for other offices, unjustly denying anyone their inalienable right to run for office is unconstitutional and no laughing matter.
Obama Chose a Surrogate to Do His Dirty Work
According to Chicago election laws, a challenger must come forward to object to signatures on nominating petitions. Because candidates want to make it appear that they respect their opponents' and constituents' civil rights, they appoint a trustworthy surrogate to challenge their opponents' nominating signatures. During Obama's 1996 state senate primary race, it was Obama campaign worker Ron Davis who acted as Obama's surrogate. The fact that Harvard law school graduate Barack Obama chose Ron Davis instead of himself to knock his four opponents off the ballot shows that Barack Obama was steeped in dirty Chicago politics from the inception of his political career.
Ron Davis' name appeared as the objector to the nominating petitions of Obama's four opponents, but there is little doubt it was Barack Obama who provided Davis with a lawyer. According to CBOE records, a lawyer represented Davis through the entire objection process that eliminated Obama's four challengers. Attorney Thomas Edward Jones represented both Barack Obama and Ron Davis in one of Obama's challenger's federal court lawsuits.
Altogether, Obama's four opponents submitted 5,865 signatures. Obama and Davis's lawyer had to carefully scrutinize all 5,865 signatures before the attorney for the Davis-Obama state senate campaign filed formal objections with the CBOE. Because the Davis-Obama lawyer challenged more than 4,000 of Obama's opponents' 5,865 signatures, the attorney needed to attend a minimum of two or three full days of hearings while the CBOE compared the signatures from Obama's opponents with the signatures that the CBOE had on file.
The CBOE was Prejudiced in Favor of Obama
The names of Barack Obama's four 1996 state senate primary opponents are as follows: Gha-is F. Askia, Marc Ewell, Ulmer D. Lynch Jr., and Alice J. Palmer (See Table 1 below). The four candidates who wanted to run against Obama turned in 529 to 1,142 signatures more than the legal requirement of 757. Yet an insufficient number of valid signatures was the reason all four of Barack Obama's opponents were denied the opportunity to run against the future president. Obama's four opponents were not frivolous candidates seeking publicity. Who knew in 1996 that first-time state senate candidate Barack Obama would be elected president of the United States in 2008?
Obama's 1996 State Senate Primary Opponents1
Candidate's Name
Signatures Submitted
Invalid Signatures
Percent of Invalid Signatures
Gha-is F. Askia 1,899
Marc Ewell 1,286
Ulmer D. Lynch Jr. 1,100
Alice J. Palmer 1,580
is the total number of signatures of the four Obama challengers
is the total number of invalid signatures for the four Obama challengers
is the percentage of invalid signatures for the four Obama challengers
Table 1
The CBOE's rejection of 62% of Obama's state senate opponents' signatures is quite a revealing and shocking statistic. It wasn't just one of Obama's opponents who allegedly turned in a majority of bogus signatures. Remember the 62% invalid signature rate is for all four Obama opponents. There is not an election board in the U.S. that invalidates candidates' signatures anywhere close to the 62% that Obama's opponents endured.
More Proof the CBOE was Biased in Favor of Obama
No objector came forward to challenge Obama's state senate signatures; hence, no one knows the number or percentage of invalid signatures Obama might have submitted to the CBOE when he filed for state senator in 1996. The invalidation of Obama's opponents' signatures at a rate of 62% certainly suggests the CBOE was biased in his favor. However, there is more compelling proof that the CBOE gave Obama special treatment. The percentage of invalid signatures was significantly lower for candidates who ran in other state senate and state representative districts at the same time as Obama (Table 2).
Richard D. Taylor was the only other state senate candidate who was denied ballot access by the CBOE for invalid signatures at the same time CBOE election commissioners were denying Obama's four challengers ballot access. CBOE election commissioners determined that 43% of Taylor's signatures were invalid. However, Taylor's invalid signatures were 19% fewer than the 62% average for Obama's four opponents.
The election laws that determined the validity of the candidates' signatures in Table 2 and of Obama's four opponents in Table 1 are one and the same. Richard Cowen, Michael Hamblet, and Annette Hubbard were the same election commissioners who ruled on all four Obama cases and the 10 election cases listed in Table 2. Cowen, Hamblet, and Hubbard decided the challenges to 9 of the 10 candidates in Table 2 within 14 days of deciding the election cases against Obama's four opponents.
1996 State Legislature Candidates2
Total Signatures Invalid Signatures
Invalid Percent
Sabrina Barker
Ronald Gaines
James Haring
Audrey Kenner
Larry McKeon
Mable McMiller
John Pollack
Derome Stovall
Richard Taylor
David Zalewski
is the total number of signatures from candidates
is the total number of candidates' invalid signatures
is the percentage of candidates' invalid signatures
Table 2
The CBOE's Questionable Decisions Made Barack Obama the Chosen One
The CBOE declared 62% of Obama's four opponents' signatures invalid, yet the CBOE deemed that only 36% of 10 other Illinois legislative candidates' signatures were invalid. The figures of 62% and 36% were the result of the same CBOE officials using the same Illinois elections laws to evaluate candidates' signatures during the same period of time. Barack Obama's candidacy in one legislative race is the key variable that is different.
The invalid signature difference of 26% between Obama's opponents and the 10 other Illinois state legislative candidates clearly shows the CBOE was biased in favor of state senate candidate Barack Obama or prejudiced against Obama's four opponents. There is no other way to explain why the CBOE deemed so many more of Obama's four opponents' signatures were invalid other than the fact that Barack Obama was the CBOE's chosen one.
Obama opponent Alice Palmer was highly educated and politically experienced. In fact, Palmer was the incumbent state senator when the CBOE denied her a chance to run for reelection. Palmer graduated with a master's degree in urban studies from Roosevelt University and a PH.D. in education administration from Northwestern University. Given Palmer's political experience and education, other than the CBOE commissioners and employees' favoritism of Obama, it's hard to comprehend why Palmer failed to reach the 757 valid signatures that were necessary for her name to appear on the ballot. Palmer never forgot Obama's mistreatment of her; Palmer was a Hillary Clinton delegate at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
Indeed, the CBOE and the machine honchos wanted Barack Obama in the state senate and they were ready to violate his opponents' civil rights if necessary. Table 1 shows that candidates Askia, Ewell, Lynch Jr., and Palmer combined to turn in two and half times the amount of legally required signatures; thus, the CBOE needed to invalidate a high percentage of them in order to stop the four from appearing on the ballot with Obama. State senate candidate Obama needed the CBOE to invalidate his opponents' signatures at a rate of 62% and that was what Obama got. Had Obama needed his opponents' signatures invalidated at 70% or 75%, he would have gotten that from the CBOE.
Obama was the machine's choice for state senator, and the CBOE made sure Obama assumed office without facing any Democratic primary opposition. Obama's state senate district voted 80% Democratic in the general election. When the CBOE handed Obama an uncontested primary victory, the CBOE guaranteed Obama an Illinois state senate seat.
Indeed the lessons Obama learned from his first state senate election remain with him. Obama extended the CBOE's unchecked power and corruption while in the White House. President Obama suspiciously invited CBOE Chairman Langdon Neal to the White House nine days before Neal decided an election case in favor of Obama's former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.
Barack Obama has a reputation as a civil rights icon, but there is no record of Barack Obama making any effort to change the onerous signature requirements needed to run for political office or the ballot access process that allowed him to run unopposed in his very first election. As a state senator, Obama was in a position to write a senate bill to make it easier for candidates to reach the ballot. Moreover, the CBOE would have been obligated to follow any Illinois election law that Obama championed through the Illinois legislature. Barack Obama neither wrote such a bill nor championed such a cause.
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1. To view the CBOE records on Barack Obama's four state senate primary opponents, click here and scroll down to 1996. You'll see Obama's objector Ron Davis' last name listed three times in column 2 and three Obama opponents' last names listed in column 3 on the bottom of page 49. Obama opponent Askia's name is listed in column 3 at the top of page 50. To read the CBOE's decisions concerning the four Obama challengers, click the word "Decision" that is highlighted in blue on the right-hand side of the page.
The number of signatures filed and the number of signatures the CBOE invalidated are clearly stated in Gha-is F. Askia and Marc Ewell CBOE decisions.
The CBOE did not include the total number of signatures that Ulmer D. Lynch Jr. filed nor the total number of signatures the CBOE invalidated. Therefore, these numbers were deduced from the CBOE's decision. According to the CBOE decision, Lynch Jr. had 350 signatures on the 14 sheets that the CBOE did not review. This means Lynch Jr.'s petition sheets had 25 signatures on each sheet (350 signatures ÷ 14 sheets = 25 signatures per sheet). Lynch Jr. filed 44 sheets with 25 signatures. The total number of signatures on Lynch Jr.'s 44 petition sheets was 1,100 signatures (44 petition sheets x 25 signatures per page =1,100 signatures).
During the CBOE's examination of Lynch Jr.'s first 750 signatures, the CBOE accepted 222 signatures and rejected 528 signatures (30 sheets x 25 signatures per sheet = 750 signatures and 750 total signatures – 222 valid signatures = 528 invalid signatures). The CBOE deemed 70% of Lynch Jr.'s signatures invalid (528 invalid signatures ÷ 750 total examined signatures = 70% invalid signatures).
At this point the CBOE stopped Lynch Jr.'s hearing because it was mathematically impossible for him to reach the legal requirement of 757 signatures. Because Lynch Jr. could not reach the legal minimum with his remaining signatures, the CBOE did not review Lynch Jr.'s last 14 petition sheets. CBOE's 70% rejection rate of Lynch Jr.'s signatures was extrapolated to include all of Lynch Jr.'s 1,100 signatures, including the Lynch Jr. signatures on the 14 petition sheets that the CBOE did not examine.
The CBOE's Alice Palmer decision did not state the number of Palmer's invalid signatures because Palmer withdrew from the race against Barack Obama after the CBOE invalidated nearly two-thirds of the signatures she filed. There are numerous stories circulating the Web about the Obama-Palmer feud, and her dropping out of the 1996 state senate race. For starters, click here or here.
The Obama camp made unfounded claims that Palmer circulators sat around a table and fraudulently signed voters' names to her petitions. Obama supporters have offered no evidence or proof to support their "round tabling" accusations against Palmer. Obama's supporters' unproven vote fraud accusation against Palmer is an attempt to justify denying her ballot access. Obama backers need to recant their vote fraud claims and apologize to Palmer unless they can provide solid proof of Palmer's vote fraud.
2. To view the information on the 10 legislative candidates who filed their petitions at the same time as Barack Obama, click here. The files I reviewed start with state senatorial candidate Schreiner, 4th name from the bottom listed on page 48, and end with state senatorial candidate Anderson III, 4th from the top on page 50. Several names listed were frivolous candidates who only submitted 1, 7, 16, etc., signatures when several hundred signatures were required. Frivolous candidates were not included in Table 2 because the CBOE did not need to examine the signatures to know that frivolous candidates did not meet the minimum signature requirements to appear on the ballot.