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India, Katrina, and the Bailout: How Poor People Everywhere Are Being Neglected

Posted in poverty by allisonkilkenny on December 3, 2008

The slums of Delhi

The slums of Delhi

Written beside the American creed of hating terrorists and loving the Irish and Italians should be the footnote and we ignore poor people. Poor people always get the shit end of every deal usually because they can’t get the attention of politicians or pundits, and because of this the poor people in New Orleans and India have a lot in common.

India has more than 100,000 millionaires, and is creating new ones at a rate rivalled only be Russia. Meanwhile, nearly half of Mumbai’s 14-18 million residents live in slums. In the United States, poor people suffer under a specialized caste system that masquerades as a functioning democracy. In the good ole’ US of A, the top 10 percent, roughly those earning more than $100,000, reached a level of income share not seen since before the Depression.

Yet, in the 2008 election, neither major candidate uttered the word “poor” in the thousands of hours clocked speaking into cameras. But the sickness of ignoring the poor goes beyond John McCain and Barack Obama. The United States government and the corporate media systematically ignore the suffering of the poor, too.

Whether observing FEMA’s shameful handling of post-Katrina New Orleans or the situation in India, it’s pretty clear that governments and corporate media only care about disasters if they involve rich, affluent people. If poor people are drowning, the government takes weeks to throw them rafts. If their slums wallow in poverty and violence for years, the cameras only arrive when terrorists bomb a luxury hotel in Mumbai.
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Yes We Can ________

Posted in Barack Obama by allisonkilkenny on November 9, 2008

319193018v1_350x350_frontIt’s a new day and a new slogan for Obama supporters. Overnight, the infamous “Yes We Can” transformed into “Yes We Did.” Voters proclaimed it from their Facebook statuses, their Twitter updates, and I even saw the affirmation branded across the chest of a baby’s jumper.

A strange thing happens when you ask an Obama supporter what the subject of their slogan entails. What did they do? Most reply that the “Did” means collectively supporting and electing the first African-American president. Anyone with a beating heart knows this is indeed a momentous occasion, and it’s very moving to see relatives of MLK celebrating the evolution in American society.

But by that definition of the “Did,” the journey is over. Yes We Did Elect A Black President. For some, the slogan means Yes We Did Elect Someone Better Than Bush. True, but by that definition, John McCain would have been better than George Bush, and I like to give Obama supports more credit than assuming they would vote for the lesser of two evils.

Other Obama supporters claim a massive overhaul of the executive agenda is their “Did.” And early signs are encouraging with the Obama camp claiming they’re ready to reverse the Bush administration’s stacks of ill-conceived executive orders. However, there is no collective citizen mandate rumbling from the people to help guide Obama’s fledgling White House.

If the people aren’t asking anything of Obama, then he owes them nothing in return. That’s like you right now being pissed at me for not having mailed you twenty dollars. You didn’t ask me for money, so why should I have sent you anything? (I’m not giving you money.)

Yes We Did What? Elect Barack Obama on good faith alone? It appears Obamanites think their journey is over, and that good people are at the helm, and all will be well.

But Obama is indebted to Wall Street for about $9.5 million. That amount of cash transforms into favors once your guy gets elected. Obama will be hesitant to strongly regulate the billions of bailout dollars if the people he’s dealing out the cash to are his donation buddies. On day one, Wall Street will thrust a litany of demands before president Obama, but the American people will not be represented in the Oval Office. Yes We Did Leave Our President with the Wolves.

Others claim the “Did” is a movement toward universal health care. It’s totally illogical to assume Obama will defy his insurance company friends and his past rhetoric, and suddenly adopt single-payer health care. Thousands of physicians have already gone on record to say that Obama’s idea for a hybrid of private health insurance plans and government subsidies will not work, and in fact has already failed in Oregon, Minnesota, Washington and several other states, including Massachusetts, whose second go-round at incremental reform is already failing.

It’s not enough to know in the warmest places of your little hearts that Obama really is a good man, and he wants to end Americans’ suffering. The American people have to swiftly demand single-payer health care, or the insurance companies will greet Obama at the White House and quickly neuter any plans for universal health care coverage.

Yes We Did Elect a Good Man. President-elect Obama does seem like a decent guy, and a good family man, but the government system doesn’t care if he’s a good man. It’s impossible for Obama to keep his fingers on the pulse of the nation when he’s living in a severed limb like Washington. It will take an engaged citizenry living in the real, breathing world to help him fight every step of the way.

Now is the time to outline a plan for the Big Four, four ultra-important demands that need to be addressed within the first 100 days. I would suggest something like: universal health care, strong regulation of the bailout cash, ending the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan (enough of this Afghanistan is the “good war” silliness,) and serious movements toward building a green economy and ending our dependency on foreign oil.

Google the issue nearest and dearest to your heart, find a local group that shares your agenda, and get together. Your strength is in numbers. If you’re not really the go-out-and-change-the-world type, just add your name as a contribution, or open your wallet to an already established Progressive group like November5.org.

It’s not enough to simply watch over president Obama, either. As director Eugene Jarecki explains, the three branches of government are like the stand-off in a Quentin Tarantino film with each body aiming a gun at someone else. It’s not enough to change one part. We have to change them all. Obamanites must also monitor the behavior of their Congressional representatives and put pressure on them to implement the Big Four.

If all of this sounds like a lot of work, it’s because it is. But that’s the point. Democracy is a constant battle to suppress the evil motives of corrupt politicians. Or, in the words of our beloved Dubya: “If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I’m the dictator.”

He will be missed.

Add your voice to the Yes We Are forces. Yes We Are Living Wage Warriors. Yes We Are Congress Watchdogs. Stay alert, engaged, and don’t be afraid to offer Obama some tough love. He can take it. He’s already asking for help with his Change.gov website, so get working.

This is an exciting time. Unlike the bullheaded asshole playing Snood in the White House for the past eight years, Barack Obama is an intelligent, reasonable, open politician that we have the chance of influencing if we are at the negotiation table alongside Big Business. But we have to demand our seat the table. No one is going to come hand it to us.

So I would suggest the Yes We Did camp change their slogan to Yes We Will Be, or Yes We Are, but they can’t quit yet.

Why Rove Pulled the Plug on Stealing the Election

Posted in Barack Obama, politics, voter disenfranchisement by allisonkilkenny on November 6, 2008

 

securedownloadFrom MCM:
Finally, An Elected President
Barack Obama was overwhelmingly elected by citizens in all regions of the country.  Unlike the past two elections where the results were contested in two states run by partisans who rigged the results, this election was won hands down by the person who ran the best campaign.  This is not to say that there were not  massive problems with voting systems in many states.  But this election did not come down to one state or county controlled by corrupt officials.
 
Four years ago, VR was formed out of the chaos of the 2004 election. Since then, we and all  of you have fought a long battle to ensure that our elections are fair, honest and transparent.  We demanded accurate voting machines and paper ballots.  In this election, both Florida and Ohio, now with paper ballots, went Blue and there is no one questioning that result.
 
Over the past several months, we have raised the specter of a Man in the Middle computer attack on the vote tabulators controlled by partisan evangelicals.  We identified Michael Connell as the key GOP IT expert who created these nefarious networks.  We took legal action against Connell in the form of a federal deposition.  Karl Rove responded by threatening Connell to either take the fall or keep his mouth shut.   Connell’s Bush/Cheney attorneys did everything possible to keep  Connell from testifying.
 
Two weeks ago, Rove was confidently saying that John McCain could win ten battleground states to become President.  McCain was confidently telling everyone that he would win with a surge in the wee hours of election night.
 
Well, last Friday, something important happened:  Michael Connell was forced to appear before Solomon Oliver,  a Clinton appointed Afro-American federal Judge in Cleveland. After Attorney Cliff Arnebeck accused Connell in open court of rigging elections for Karl Rove, the judge ordered Connell to submit to a sworn deposition 18 hours before the polls were to open.  On Monday at noon, Connell was placed under oath and  grilled about election fraud, Man in the Middle attacks, Trojan horse manipulations and threats from Rove.
 
And guess what happened?  Connell didn’t know a thing! He had no knowledge of any secret steps
to change the vote-counts, in any past elections–or in the election to come. He stonewalled like a champion, denying everything.
It was a remarkable performance; but what was even more remarkable was the abrupt reversal, just hours later, by Karl Rove. Rove wrote on his blog late Monday that Obama would win by a landslide–even in those states he had previously predicted McCain would win.
 
In other words, Rove pulled the plug, because he felt the heat, and knew that using Connell to rig
this election too would be too risky.
In short, at VR, with all the help from you, our affiliates, our supporters and others, we played a role in helping to make this presidential election more fair than the past two.  Our education campaign, our paper ballot campaign, our whistleblower campaign and our legal strategies worked.  That’s what democracy is all about.
 
Thank all of you for your confidence in our work, your dedication and your kind and generous support.  We hope to continue to do our small part to make our government more accountable to everyone.
 

GOP Continues to Steal Elections

Posted in Barack Obama, politics, voter disenfranchisement by allisonkilkenny on November 5, 2008

voterfraudThis isn’t over yet.

From John Gideon:

As we suspected tabulation of ballots has revealed problems with voting systems from all of the vendors. Hillsborough Co Florida is rethinking their contract with Premier/Diebold for $6M after having big problems counting votes. Manatee Co Florida also had a problem with Premier. Palm Beach Co had bad memory cartridges from Sequoia. Counties in Pennsylvania and South Carolina had problems with their ES&S system. We also have a run-off for senator from Georgia and a recount for senator from Minnesota. This election will last for another month at least.

National: Malfunctioning Machines, Ballot Glitches, Election-Law Litigation — and a Busy Day for Lawyers
http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1202425803382

National: Voting Rights Watch: Relatively few e-voting problems, but GOP still readies for possible action
http://southernstudies.org/facingsouth/2008/11/voting-rights-watch-relatively-few-e.asp

AZ: Pima County: 10 precincts and number of early, provisional ballots still uncounted
http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/hourlyupdate/265824.php

CA: Santa Cruz County – Vandals hit Santa Cruz County polling places, campaign offices
http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/localnews/ci_10904483

FL: Hillsborough County – Count Resumes With Hillsborough Elections Chief Race In Limbo
[Johnson said Premier, which he hired for $6 million this year, was dishonest with him and at fault for much of Tuesday’s problems with voting machines.]
http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/nov/05/051256/state-monitoring-hillsboroughs-tight-elections-chi/news-politics/

FL: Hillsborough results tied up by software glitch
http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/myfox/pages/News/Detail?contentId=7794805&version=10&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=3.2.1

FL: Hillsborough vote count likely to continue until Thursday
http://www.tampabays10.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=93568&catid=8

FL: Count Resumes With Hillsborough Elections Chief Race In Limbo [Diebold/Premier admits the system was bogged down and stalled due to overload]
http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/nov/05/051711/state-monitoring-hillsboroughs-tight-elections-chi/news-politics/

FL: Manatee County – Manatee solves vote-counting problem [Premier/Diebold]
http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20081105/BREAKING/811050262?Title=Still_no_solution_to_vote_counting_woes_in_Manatee_County

FL: Manatee County – Small glitch causes big problems in Manatee
http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/myfox/pages/News/Detail?contentId=7798848&version=1&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=3.2.1

FL: Palm Beach County vote results still incomplete [Bad Sequoia memory cartridges]
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/localnews/content/local_news/epaper/2008/11/05/1105stillcounting.html

GA: The OTHER Election Night Story in Georgia: No Early Votes Included in Reported Results
http://savdailynews.com/main.asp?SectionID=2&SubSectionID=19&ArticleID=20488

GA: Chambliss and Martin prepare for another four weeks
http://www.walb.com/Global/story.asp?S=9300183&nav=menu37_2

GA: Gwinnett County – Gwinnett Officials Still Counting Ballots Day After Election
http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/myfox/pages/News/Detail?contentId=7797006&version=4&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=3.2.1

KY: Kenton Co. Judge Rules For Vote Recount
http://www.kypost.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=ba97601c-a01a-431e-a8ac-acc0d2bc399e

KY: Madison County – Local turnout heavy as computer glitch delays count
http://www.richmondregister.com/localnews/local_story_310073742.html?keyword=secondarystory

MN: Ritchie: Senate recount will involve hundreds, cost $90K
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/11/05/recount_details/

MN: E-Voting Machines Used in Franken, Coleman Race Failed Tests
http://www.pubrecord.org/politics/474-e-voting-machines-used-in-franken-coleman-race-failed-tests.html

NC: Onslow County – Padgett wants recount
http://www.enctoday.com/news/padgett_60506_jdn__article.html/votes_county.html

NH: Long night of ballot snafus marks voting in Kennebunk
http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20081105-NEWS-81105056

OH: Montgomery County election results delayed until late this evening
http://www.daytondailynews.com/n/content/oh/story/news/local/2008/11/05/ddn110608elexboardweb.html

PA: Centre County Recounts Ballots After Discrepancy [ES&S M-100 precinct based op-scan]
http://www.wjactv.com/news/17900285/detail.html

PA: Northumberland County – PA County’s Voting Machines Impounded Following Complaints
http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/11/pa-countys-voti.html

SC: Charleston County suffers voting problems on Election Day [ES&S problem. The county had to hand input the results from 17,000 ballots]
http://www.live5news.com/Global/story.asp?S=9300365

 

 


VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!

Posted in Barack Obama, politics, voter disenfranchisement by allisonkilkenny on November 4, 2008

vote-button1This is your eight millionth reminder to go vote today!

Find your polling place over here.

Remind your parents, friends, and coworkers to vote today. If possible, vote on paper ballots, and if you have any problems, call 1 866 OUR VOTE and report it.

If you have a car, offer to drive friends to polling places.

Mark Crispin Miller and Others Explain Voter Fraud

Posted in Barack Obama, politics, voter disenfranchisement by allisonkilkenny on November 3, 2008

Attorney Cliff Arnebeck, cyber-sleuth Steven Spoonamore and author Mark Crispin Miller explain the background the ‘Connell Anomaly,’ named for Mike Connell, allegedly Rove’s IT fixer, who, in a late-breaking story, has been ordered by District Judge Solomon Olive to testify on Monday.According to Arnebeck’s press release,”Connell was a key inside IT contractor for Ken Blackwell in the administration of the 2004 and 2006 elections, while managing the IT function for the Bush Presidential campaigns andother Republican partisan campaigns in 2000, 2004 and 2006. Plaintiffs’ counsel and Plaintiffs’ cyber security expert Stephen Spoonamore in the King Lincoln case before US District Judge Algenon in Columbus have identified Connell as a key witness to Karl Rove’s various maneuvers affecting elections during this decade.”

Remember: Mike Connell, Rove’s boy, is the guy who said he helped steal the election to “Save the babies.”

View the video here.

All Hope is Local: Quit Whining and Run for Office

Posted in Barack Obama, politics by allisonkilkenny on November 1, 2008

Real change in America won’t arrive on November 4 in a compact package, complete with a shiny, new president and congressional Democratic majority. Real change will begin November 5, and positive change will only occur if Progressives demand representation from their leadership, and begin to shape politics first locally, and then spread outward to create national reform.

A fish rots from the head down, and so the American government has been rotting for decades, and we are finally seeing the effects on Wall Street and Main Street. The Progressives miscalculate and misallocate resources when they solely hunt for the presidency. It’s also important to snatch congressional seats and local offices in order to push the country left.

Many disheartened citizens feel they don’t have the right stuff to run for office. This assumption negates the wisdom found in Margaret Mead’s famous words: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Of course citizens can control the destiny of their government. After all, they fund the damn thing. They are government’s bosses. It’s about time they climbed in the saddle, took the reigns, and steered the country in a more desirable direction.

But real change will start at a local level and build upward. Only a serious, huge Progressive movement will support the occasional Progressive candidate that obtains a position of great power. Otherwise, it’s just dye drops in the ocean.

An example of this small fish-big pond syndrome is most clearly illustrated in what Ralph Nader would call a little Dennis Kucinich “window-dressing.” The Ohio Congressman is certainly one of the most progressive members of Congress, but he has been unable to create big, sweeping reforms due to being vastly outnumbered by his centrist Democratic colleagues. Think: a field mouse crossing a four-lane highway. Kucinich never stood a chance, but he should be applauded for being one of the last principled idealists left in the government.

It will take an army of Kuciniches to create any real change in the country, but where will these politicians come from? To put it simply: they will come from the people.

Beginning at a local level, Progressives can overtake their government piece-by-piece, beginning with city council positions, then extending to mayoral duties and then finally to governorships, congressional seats, and eventually, yes, the presidency. But first, a Progressive president will need a Progressive Congress in order to get bills passed.

Call it the big fish-small pond strategy. A good example of this approach working is Matt Gonzalez’s 2003 campaign for the office of mayor in San Francisco. Matt Gonzalez is currently running as Ralph Nader’s vice-presidential nominee for the Independent Party. But back in 2003, Gonzalez was largely unknown on the national stage even though he was one of the first Green Party candidates to be elected to office in the Bay Area.

From the start, his main competitor, Gavin Newsom, outmuscled him financially. Newsom spent over $4 million during the race, while Gonzalez spent around $800,000. With little money and resources, Gonzalez stood on street corners and introduced himself to San Francisco’s residents. He attended living room Q&A sessions, and he and his staff went door-to-door and gradually began to take votes from Newsom.

Gonzalez received a major bump in the polls when he enthusiastically embraced the idea of gay marriage, an issue hugely important to San Francisco constituents. In a panic, Newsom matched Gonzalez’s enthusiasm, though Newsom had been considerably hesitant to discuss the issue of gay marriage before Gonzalez’s statements. Gonzalez’s presence in the 2003 mayoral race is credited with Newsom’s current stance on gay marriage, a microcosm of what could theoretically happen if more Progressives were permitted in national debates.

It’s unfortunate that a Democratic mayoral candidate in San Francisco, Mecca to liberals and gays, can’t even speak out in favor of equal rights for citizens. However, it’s important to recognize how a progressive candidate running for a local office influenced real policy change. Unlike Kucinich window-dressing, Gonzalez was able to push a Democratic candidate left, and Newsom adopted progressive stances on gay marriage because of his run.

On a ballot with nine candidates, Gonzalez came in second with 19.6 percent of the total vote. Newsom earned 41.9 percent. Since no one secured a majority, there was then a run-off election, which received national and international media coverage. San Francisco has wisely adopted the extremely democratic run-off system that permits third party candidates to competitively campaign. This is also the same system that would have secured the state of Florida for Al Gore in the 2000 election. It gets rid of the stupid policy of awarding a candidate with all of the votes if they haven’t secured a majority. See: George W. Bush.

Though Newsom eventually won the race, Gonzalez had emerged as a serious contender, and as the face of a new Progressive movement in California.

Running as a Progressive is not for the fainthearted. Democrats’ favorite pastime, ranking higher than even making weak attempts to thwart Republicans, is keeping Progressives out of the election process. Progressives are told to wait four more years to run nationally (as Nader was told in 2000, 2004, and now in 2008,) and they are also told to delay running locally as Gonzalez was heavily pressured to do by California Democrats. If it’s not the most critical election ever, ever, then it’s just bad timing. It’s too sunny to run. It’s too rainy. It’s the wrong month. Venus is in retrograde.

You get the idea. Democrats can’t have Progressives running because they might have to – the horror – adopt some Progressive ideas.

When I recently interviewed Matt Gonzalez, he explained: “I think a healthy challenge by a truly Progressive candidate that shows the strength of the Progressive community makes it clear to the other candidate that he’s going to have to face this again four years later unless he realigns his own politics for this new emerging power.”

But back to that whole apathetic/scared thing infecting the Progressive movement. Bitching liberals are often overheard lamenting that there aren’t enough hours in the day, dollars in the bank, or ounces of courage in voters to get Progressives elected to local seats. Gonzalez disagrees.

“Running for office is important, and you don’t really need more than to be right on the issues, and to be able to articulate what it is you believe. You don’t need a certain background. You don’t need to be a lawyer. You don’t need to have some professional degree. If you engage people honestly, and you’re willing to do the leg work, people will respond to that. I’ve run for office, and I’ve stood on street corners, while people walked by me and didn’t want to talk to me, and did not think I was a credible candidate. And then four years later, I was nearly elected mayor of San Francisco, so I know what it takes. It just takes commitment, and a small group of people that will really try to address the issues.”

It’s too much to hope that the Democrats in Congress will correct their behavior on their own. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have had ample time to show their true intentions, which thus far appear to be rolling around helplessly on their backs and crying. Gonzalez sees the Democrats as unable or unwilling to assertively block the Republicans from steamrolling over themselves and the Constitution:

“Harry Reid has admitted that in the last two years, there have been more Republican filibusters in the Senate than in the history of the United States. Reid lets the Republicans phone-in to say they’re going to filibuster. In other words, he doesn’t even require them to come to the floor of the Senate and physically have to filibuster. How can these guys call themselves a political party and allow the party in the minority to run over them like this? It’s pathetic.”

Hope cannot be left in the hands of politicians. It needs to be cared for and cultivated by engaged citizens, who are willing to dip into the political pool. It will take dedication and some time, but Progressives should focus on winning local races and creating a serious, grassroots movement that will grow upward and branch into the dominant levels of government.

Quotes are excerpts from Gonzalez’s interview with Drunken Politics.

National Voting Updates

Posted in Barack Obama, politics, voter disenfranchisement by allisonkilkenny on November 1, 2008

From MCM

days until Election Day.

Amongst all of the stories of failures, lawsuits, voter purges and voter suppression there is an occasional story that begs to be read and passed on to others so they will read it. This morning’s featured  article is one of those. Imagine wanting to exercise your right to vote so strongly that you are willing to travel from Bangalore, India to New York City just to step into the voting booth and pull the lever. It’s a story worth the read.

Featured – National: When Use It or Lose It Means Traveling 9,300 Miles to Vote
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/01/nyregion/01about.html?em

National: Voting Shouldn’t Be a Game of Chance
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/custom/2008/10/31/CU2008103103511.html

National: Will This Election Be Stolen?  Mark Crispin Miller
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122550597058490345.html?mod=todays_us_weekend_journal

National: Will This Election Be Stolen?  Hans A Spakovsky
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122550203122290071.html?mod=todays_us_weekend_journal

CO: Voters line up now to avoid lines on Tuesday
http://www.examiner.com/a-1667328~Voters_line_up_now_to_avoid_lines_on_Tuesday.html

CO: Judge orders Colorado secretary of state to stop voter purge
Colorado Secretary of State Mike Coffman must stop canceling voters 
from the state registration rolls
http://www.vaildaily.com/article/20081031/NEWS/810319932/1062&title=Judge%20orders%20Colorado%20secretary%20of%20state%20to%20stop%20voter%20purge

CO: Federal judge rails at Secretary of State Coffman to stop purges
http://coloradoindependent.com/13576/federal-judge-rails-at

CO: Colorado Judge Angered Over Secretary of State’s Continued 
Purging of Voter Names
http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/10/colorado-judge.html

CO: Judge orders Coffman to stop continued voter purge
http://www.denverpost.com/commented/ci_10866716?source=commented-news

CO: Voter turnout already nears halfway point
http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/nov/01/voter-turnout-already-nears-halfway-point/

CO: Moffat County – More than half of voter roll votes early
http://www.craigdailypress.com/news/2008/nov/01/more_half_voter_roll_votes_early/

FL: Troops overseas miss out on voting
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/politics/content/local_news/epaper/2008/10/31/a1a_ballots_1101.html

FL: Palm Beach County – New Wrinkle.. That is, Crease.. in Tabulating Votes
http://www.cbs12.com/news/ballot_4710488___article.html/vote_absentee.html

GA: Counties report record turnout for early voting period
http://www.macon.com/198/story/511072.html

GA: GA Voting Problems
http://www.wctv.tv/news/headlines/33618104.html

GA: Federal Court Intervenes in Handel’s Voter Purge
http://www.atlantaprogressivenews.com/news/0395.html

GA: Russell County – Voting machine lands in driveway
http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/story/494575.html

IL: Video: Oprah Sees Own Presidential Vote Dropped by Touch-Screen 
Voting Machine
http://www.bradblog.com/?p=6603

IN: Marion County – Judge rules for GOP on absentee ballots
http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081101/LOCAL18/811010463

MI: ACLU Stops Illegal Voter Purges in Michigan
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00007.htm

MS: Voter Coalition Debut Massive Voter Watch; Criticizes Hosemann
http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/index.php/site/comments/voter_coalition_debut_massive_voter_watch_criticizes_hosemann_103108/

NC: Craven County – Voter complains about refusal to allow use of paper ballot
http://www.enctoday.com/news/paper_42755_nbsj__article.html/ballot_county.html

NC: Guilford County – Today’s voting could set a record
http://hpe.southernheadlines.com/index.cfm?section=6&story=5745

NJ: How safe is your vote?
http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/investigators&id=6464800

NJ: Will your vote count?
http://www.northjersey.com/news/njpolitics/33681029.html

PA: Some PA Counties May Ignore Paper Ballot Court Order
http://www.alternet.org/democracy/105681/some_pa_counties_may_ignore_paper_ballot_court_order_/

PA: Plenty of paper ballots to be available just in case
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/tribunereview/news/westmoreland/s_596259.html

PA: Paper ballots are prepared if needed, officials say
http://www.pennlive.com/news/patriotnews/index.ssf?/base/news/1225495518228240.xml&coll=1

PA: Lancaster County – He’s running an election marathon
http://articles.lancasteronline.com/local/4/229584

SC: Both parties gear up for potential legal challenges as voting begins
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics/AP/story/751006.html

TX: Civil rights group expresses concerns that machines are ‘flipping’ votes from Obama to McCain
http://www.elpasotimes.com/ci_10866680?source=most_viewed

VA: Civil rights group renews Va. election lawsuit
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gTdy6-2Gfd3EfLv9c0daJKhP3_rgD945QTQO0

VA: Va. voters wait in long lines; NAACP seeks injunction
http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/news.apx.-content-articles-RTD-2008-10-31-0219.html

VA: Cast your ballot for early and weekend voting
http://hamptonroads.com/2008/10/cast-your-ballot-early-and-weekend-voting

WA: King County – And the winner is …? State rules on mailed ballots could delay results for days
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/386011_election01.html

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Download the Voter Incident Report

Posted in Barack Obama, politics, voter disenfranchisement by allisonkilkenny on November 1, 2008
From MCM
Dear Mark,
Please inform your readers around the country:
When you go to the polls, take an incident report with you.  Collecting signed, dated, paper-based evidence of voter fraud, suppression, or inefficiency is the most important action
any concerned citizen can take in this “once-in-a-century election.”
This is the simplest measure any voter can take:  Stand at their own polls, watch what happens,
report evidence on the (downloadable) Incident Report, and then fax it in to the Election Defense Alliance.
The Incident Report comes with the EDA’s fax number, legal help phone numbers and guidelines
for poll monitors.
The Indient Report will be used widely in Los Angeles–the largest voting county in the
nation–by Work the Vote LA org.
One more thing: If election results go bump late in the night, it may be less of a shock if
people are educated in advance.
Votes are being flipped in West VATexas and Tennessee.   Here’s a timely video.
Wake Up and Save Your Country has just released Part Two of the “Turdblossom Lecture Series” to explain HOW voting machines can be preprogrammed to crash or change vote totals using proprietary software.  
Please take a look, and share this with your audience.
Thank you for your tremendous leadership during this time.
 
Sheri Leigh Myers
Vern Tuck Taylor
The Wake Up and Save Your Country Team
http://wakeupandsaveyourcountry.com/
 Here is a cool visual of our Voters Guide.    Here is a visual of the incident report to grab attention
The Wake Up and Save Your Country Team www.wakeupandsaveyourcountry.com

What to Do November 5th

Posted in Barack Obama, politics, voter disenfranchisement by allisonkilkenny on October 31, 2008

 

MCM:
ALERT 7 – Register your Voter Assemblies now!
This may be the most important message you’ll receive today. Make plans to attend, or if need be, to organize a Voter Assembly in your community on the evening of Wednesday, November 5, the day after the election. Your participation in a Voter Assembly is very important.

A growing database of Voter Assemblies is here:
http://www.nomorestolenelections.org/va

You should register the Voter Assembly you are organizing here:
http://www.nomorestolenelections.org/addva

Here is the plan. Regardless of the declared presidential victor, this Wednesday, we will gather in Voter Assemblies, and we will act:

    A.    If there is reason to believe that the election is likely to be stolen, as was the case in Florida 2000, we will act to prevent this from happening – pressing to prevent the theft and, if that is impossible, demanding a new, honest election.

    B.    If it is unclear whether voting rights violation rise to the level of election theft, as was the case in Ohio 2004, we will mobilize everywhere to demand a full and complete count of the vote.

    C.    If it appears that the election result was defined by the rigging of the process, we will rally nationwide to press for progress in enacting democratic reforms.

By Election Day, millions of people’s right to vote will have been violated. In the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” This is especially true with voting: Voting rights violations anywhere threaten voting rights everywhere. So please, don’t wait for a repeat of Florida 2000, or Ohio 2004, or worse, and don’t think that your community is too distant from the problem to be involved. Get organized, and plan to assemble on November 5. Thank you.