Documentary Investigates 2004 Election Controversy in Ohio


The Documentary Channel will debut How Ohio Pulled It Off on Monday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. ET, giving viewers what it calls “sobering evidence” of election fraud in the Buckeye State during the 2004 presidential election.

Featuring interviews with Ohio residents and election and public officials such as U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell and Ohio State Senator Ray Miller, How Ohio Pulled It Off  presents “overwhelming evidence of election irregularities in the swing state of Ohio during the 2004 presidential election narrowly won by Republican candidate, President George W. Bush,” network officials said.

“With the 2008 presidential election fast approaching, we feel it’s necessary to bring the controversial issue of election irregularities to the forefront,” said Tom Neff, Documentary Channel founder and CEO, in a statement. “We hope this documentary will provide viewers with a greater awareness and understanding of the much debated election process and the difficulties that the public encounters to get their vote counted.”

In How Ohio Pulled It Off, filmmakers Charla Barker, Matthew Kraus and Mariana Quiroga chronicle the what some call the arguable theft of the presidency and the public outcry in Ohio that followed during the 2004 Presidential election. 

The documentary takes to the streets and polling places to find out what really happened in the Ohio and uncovers an alarming pattern of disenfranchisement among Ohio urban minorities. The film exposes the voting process issues during the 2004 presidential election throughout the state including the lack of an appropriate number of voting machines in many highly populated districts, denial of absentee ballots and faulty computers that could have cost democratic candidate John Kerry the election.

In the film, Congressman Kucinich summarized the 2004 election situation in his state: “We’ve been doing elections for a long, long time. Ohio became a state in 1803. You’d think that after a couple hundred years of elections, we’d be able to get it right. You’d think.”