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Eric J in MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-03 11:49 PM
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Ask Carter Center to monitor and exit poll the 2004 election
Please ask the Carter Center monitor and exit poll the 2004 US Presidential election.

We have doubts about touchscreen machines and other issues.

If people know the Carter Center will be doing exit polls, the election will be more fair.

The Carter Center monitors elections throughout the world.

You can send them a polite email asking for their help in 2004 at:
carterweb@emory.edu


Note: this thread was inspired by this thread by elperromagico:

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

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TXvote Donating Member (317 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-26-03 12:56 AM
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1. Eric You Rock
Thanks for the concise easy to follow CRUCIAL action.

Do you know if they would have to be invited to monitor the election? Sometimes there is a formality involved and maybe we should find out who needs to be asked.

Peace,
Teresa
www.votervirgin.com
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Eric J in MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-26-03 01:25 AM
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2. Thanks
Edited on Wed Nov-26-03 01:30 AM by Eric J in MN
Thanks, though I didn't come up with the idea. It was in the thread I referred to above.

Are you asking if the an official agency would have to ask them?

I don't think an organization needs permission to do exit polling, but I'm no expert on this.
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oasis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-26-03 01:52 AM
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3. Excellent idea.
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Eric J in MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-26-03 07:11 AM
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4. I hope the Carter Center thinks it's an excellent idea (nt)
nt
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htuttle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-26-03 07:40 AM
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5. They won't do it, somebody already asked them after 2000
Edited on Wed Nov-26-03 07:50 AM by htuttle
The problem is, the US election system isn't up to their minimum standards for election fairness.

IIRC, the problem is partisan election officials, lack of uniform polling procedures, and a lack of uniform polling hours, among other things.

Sad, eh? But the Carter Center has always said (not just to the US...to any country that doesn't meet their minimum guidelines) that without these requirements they can't guarantee a fair election, and won't lend their credibility to one without them.
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DrBB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-26-03 07:43 AM
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6. Got a link for this???
I don't doubt it, and it rings some vague memory bell for me, but it would be valuable to have a solid reference for it.
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htuttle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-26-03 07:49 AM
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7. Found a reference
Edited on Wed Nov-26-03 07:51 AM by htuttle
Here:
http://www.disabilityworld.org/01-02_01/gov/carter.htm


Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, whose Carter Center works with 65 nations on various democratization projects, said that he was "taken aback and embarrassed" by what happened in the Florida election. In a January 9, 2001 interview aired on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition," former President Carter said that, if the Carter Center had been asked to monitor the Florida election, it would have refused to participate. The Center will not take part in election monitoring when a country fails to follow certain procedures to guarantee the fairness and integrity of elections.

Former President Carter said that he "couldn't believe it" when he learned that Florida state election officials said they expected the error rate to be 3-4%. This is an "enormous" rate, he said.


If someone can dig up the full transcript of the 1/9/2001 NPR Morning Edition show, it would have the full list of procedures needed by the Carter Center that are lacking in the US.
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Eric J in MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-26-03 10:57 PM
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8. let's not take that as the final word
Edited on Wed Nov-26-03 11:00 PM by Eric J in MN
Maybe Florida has improved it's expected error rate since 2000.

If enough people write, maybe he'll think it over.


It's worth emailing the Carter Center about 2004. Things change in 4 years.

carterweb@emory.edu

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RedEagle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-26-03 11:02 PM
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9. This could be useful
Is there a full transcript and at what site?
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