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emlev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-26-08 11:09 PM
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BRAD BLOG: Candidates Nationwide Called Upon to Challenge Suspicious Elections
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'If You Want Our Votes, We Want Your Pledge,' says new website launched today by Velvet Revolution


Election Integrity Advocates Ellen Brodsky and Clint Curtis first to sign on!



Velvet Revolution - co-founded by Brad Friedman (of The BRAD BLOG) - today launched its newest campaign at StandingForVoters.org, calling on candidates across the country to pledge to challenge elections when necessary.

"This election, let's make democracy the winner!" the Standing For Voters site proclaims. Readers of The BRAD BLOG know that's quite a stretch, that we're a long way from having a true democracy in this country. Yet challenges by candidates --- before, during and after the elections --- could be an important step in the right direction. In many situations, only candidates have standing to challenge elections.

StandingForVoters.org is primarily directed towards candidates themselves and serves to educate them about election integrity issues, types of election challenges, and recent history of candidates who challenged elections. Voters are encouraged to participate by finding candidates who will pledge; tips about how to do this are provided on the site, including:

  • Print out this card (.pdf) and get it to every candidate you can reach, whether or not you plan to vote for them. Attend candidates' nights or other campaign activities. During the Q&A portion of the program, make a statement about the importance of election integrity and ask the candidates publicly if they will sign the Standing for Voters pledge.
  • Call in to radio shows where candidates are being interviewed. Ask the candidates on the air to sign the pledge.
  • Write a letter to the editor or an op-ed piece in the local newspaper urging candidates to pledge. (You can also encourage the paper only to endorse candidates who have made the pledge.)
  • Visit candidates' websites and send them emails asking them to sign the pledge. Include a link to StandingForVoters.org.
  • Talk to your local political clubs. Find out who has direct contact with candidates and enlist their help.
  • Once one candidate for a particular office has signed on, call their opponents and ask them to match that pledge.


More tips

Read the whole post at The BRAD BLOG

And check out Standing For Voters!
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