Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Tonight at The Loft: Demo's Bill Risner Joins Filmmaker For Q&A

Posted By on Tue, Mar 11, 2008 at 5:43 PM

Tucson attorney Bill Risner will join David Earnhardt, the filmmaker of Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections, for a Q&A session at a screening of the film at the Loft Cinema tonight at 7:30 p.m. Evidently Bradblog's Brad Friedman, loved by election integrity activists everywhere, will be there, too.

According to a press release, Earnhardt's film "examines how the fraud that changed the outcome of the 2004 election led to even greater election fraud in 2006 and now looms as an unbridled threat in 2008."

"Arizona saw many problems on Super Tuesday that made it confusing and frustrating for those trying to participate in our democracy," Earnhardt says in the press release. "There were reports of voters who were turned away because their names did not appear on the rolls or who walked away because their polling place was ill-equipped to handle a large turnout. This is unacceptable."

Risner has been a busy man lately, continuing to take on Pima County on behalf of the Pima County Democratic Party.

If you haven't been to a Pima County elections integrity hearing as of yet, go this Friday as Risner goes to court to fight a Motion for a Protective Order and For Sanctions filed by Pima County. The motion is in reaction to Risner scheduling a deposition for Pima County.

Risner's request for a deposition is important to his case to get the county to answer questions as to why they think there is a security risk in providing the remaining data files to the Democratic Party.

The Friday, March 14 hearing is in front of Judge Michael Miller at 1:30 p.m. in Superior Court. The Pima County Attorney’s Office will argue the Democratic Party should be sanctioned--meaning, the county is turning the table asking the party for attorneys fees.

Last week, the Tucson Weekly ran an interview with Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry and comments from Pima County Democratic Party Chairman Vince Rabago challenging Huckelberry's statements that the Democratic Party partially caused the delay in early ballot counting. Rabago sent us a series of e-mails he exchanged with Elections Division Director Brad Nelson, and a series of county memos that further provide explanation on early ballot policy coming from county officials.

Here’s another memo issued by Huckelberry regarding ballot screening and where the county may go next in this process.

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