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28th-Oct-2004 08:39 am
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Well, it's officially too late to Pull a Buckner.


This morning, Democracy Now aired a report created by Greg Palast. It's also airing on the BBC, but the RNC has threatened to withhold interviews for airing it, so most US news organizations aren't running it. You can watch it here.

The report outlines some of the ways Republican partisans are trying to stop Democratic Floridians from voting. In addition to an under-cover fellow filming early voters from a SUV with blacked-out windows and tens of thousands of people wrongly purged as felons (remember that problem?), he talked about something that's downright dirty. Republican operatives got students at FSU to sign what they thought was a petition to legalize medical marijuana. In fact, the petition covered portions of a voter registration form. The Republicans then filled out the Change of Party and Change of Address sections, changing the unwitting voter from a Democrat to a Republican and moving them from the panhandle to Orlando. This scam was caught because a top election official's daughter got hoodwinked. This is a blatant violation of federal law.

I don't claim that Democrats are not engaging in similar law-breaking measures, I just haven't heard of them. But this story illustrates a huge problem. People are trying to prevent other people from casting their vote. They are not content to make the arguments for their candidates and issues and let the voters decide. Rather, they are attempting people to not express their opinion. As Greg Palast noted, the perception in Europe is that the USA is running elections like Zimbabwe. How can we ensure free and fair elections in Iraq when supporters of the President don't even desire them at home?

If the St. Louis Cardinals had hired operatives to prevent Red Sox players from playing in the World Series, the Commissioner of Major League Baseball would probably strip their championship. If a student tried to get an A by preventing the top students from taking a test, and thus lowering the curve, he would be flunked. But Jeb Bush (a disinterested neutral party in this election, natch) says law enforcement agents will have no time in the coming weeks to arrest people who commit election fraud. So not only are people wrongly prevented from voting for being on a felons list, people committing felonies are allowed to carry on voting.

There's more to the story. Check out the video above, or listen to it from the Democracy Now website. And to folks who vote absentee to avoid computer glitches, are you really sure those votes are being counted?
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30th-Oct-2004 06:29 am (UTC)
Anonymous
shegeek

*from another journal link*
*not my story..someone elses...*

"Here's an important heads up ...

Yesterday a friend voted early at a polling location in Austin. She voted straight Democratic. When she did the final check, lo and behold every vote was for the Democratic candidates except that it showed she had voted for Bush/Cheney for president/vice pres.

She immediately got a poll official. On her vote, it was corrected.

She called the Travis County Democratic headquarters. They took all her information, and told her that she wasn't the first to report a similar incident and that they are looking into it. So check before you leave the polling booth, and if anything is wrong, get it corrected immediately. Report any irregularities to your local Democratic headquarters. Make sure you pass this along to your friends ... hopefully this is all over the airwaves by tomorrow ...

The Texas voting fraud is for real. I called the Austin office (Dem. Nat. Comm.) 512-637-1737 and they said that it has been happening a lot. They don't know why but the machines seem more "sensitive" this year and that every voter MUST check their summary as the presidential choice often rolls over to the republican choice if you vote straight democrat."
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