New court filing reveals how the 2004 Ohio presidential election was hacked

Holy CRAP:

A new filing in the King Lincoln Bronzeville v. Blackwell case includes a copy of the Ohio Secretary of State election production system configuration that was in use in Ohio’s 2004 presidential election when there was a sudden and unexpected shift in votes for George W. Bush.

The filing also includes the revealing deposition of the late Michael Connell. Connell served as the IT guru for the Bush family and Karl Rove. Connell ran the private IT firm GovTech that created the controversial system that transferred Ohio’s vote count late on election night 2004 to a partisan Republican server site in Chattanooga, Tennessee owned by SmarTech. That is when the vote shift happened, not predicted by the exit polls, that led to Bush’s unexpected victory. Connell died a month and a half after giving this deposition in a suspicious small plane crash.

You can download the entire plaintiff’s filing (pdf) from the Free Press here. It makes for quite the…interesting read, not to put too fine a point on it.

Fair warning: the author of this piece is in fact the attorney for the plaintiffs, so it’s not as if he’s a particularly disinterested party. Nevertheless, the facts accumulated are astonishing, and I’m going to be quite interested to see how this plays out. If true, this is truly disgusting news; the kind that makes one want to turn in one’s volunteer signature-gatherer clipboard for a pitchfork-and-torch setup. After all, there’s not much point in registering people to vote or doing GOTV work if the genuine results can be so easily manipulated after the fact by a few connected hackers.