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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-30-11 12:35 PM
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35. My election reform work (thanks, Melissa)
Edited on Sun Jan-30-11 12:38 PM by Fly by night
--- In 2004, I registered 909 voters myself, sitting in front of a Super Walmart in Columbia, TN.

--- When it became clear that the 2004 Presidential election was stolen, I organized our Tennessee protest on the grounds of our state capitol as one of 43 states to conduct such protests simultaneously through Kip Humphrey's "51 Capitols March" campaign.

--- A week later, Tennessee was the only state to repeat the protest, again on the steps of our state capitol.

--- As a result, we organized a grassroots group, Gathering To Save Our Democracy, here in Tennessee and held 40+ educational forums across the state to discuss the evidence for that stolen election.

--- As we linked up with election reform advocates nationwide, it became clear that we needed a national meeting to coordinate our efforts. Our group organized and held the National Election Reform Conference in Nashville in April, 2005, which drew election integrity activists from 30+ states as well as nine documentary crews. Six documentaries have come from that conference, including "UNCOUNTED: The New Math of American Elections" and "Stealing America: Vote by Vote." Here's a thread on that conference:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

--- Beginning after the conference, we worked for three years here in Tennessee for the TN Voter Confidence Act which would prohibit unverifiable voting equipment in our elections. That bill passed almost unanimously in 2008. However, Republicans delayed its implementation until 2010. Then, when in 2008, Republicans won control of our legislature for the first time since Reconstruction on the unverifiable voting equipment -- a result that is still considered the most unexpected anomoly of the 2008 campaign -- they announced immediately that they intended to repeal the act. We fought successfully to prevent that, but they fought to delay implmentation until 2012. Then in 2010, Republicans took 14 seats in our state House and three Congressional seats from Democrats, when even their own strategists predicted a pick-up of only 2-3 seats in our state House. (Right now, Tennessee is no longer a part of the United States. We are ruled by whomever programs the ES&S and Diebold machines.)

--- As a result of my activism, our very corrupt Secretary of State filed a "domestic terrorism" charge against me, a charge that backfired big time. Here are two threads on that:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Thanks, Melissa, for this suggestion. I hope this summary and these links will help.

If we never stop fighting, ....
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