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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-22-06 11:18 PM
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Election Protection Resources-Please Rate Up - Election Forum News 10.23

Heres how its donewithout any computerized voting involved.


http://www.yesmagazine.org/article.asp?id=1511 or
http://gregpalast.com /

GREG PALAST
Provisional Ballots Rejected. An entirely new species of ballot debuted nationwide in 2004: the "provisional ballot." These were crucial to the Bush victory. Not because Republicans won this "provisional" vote. They won by rejecting provisional ballots that were cast overwhelmingly in Democratic precincts. The sum of "the uncounted" is astonishing: 675,676 ballots lost in the counties reporting to the federal government. Add in the missing jurisdictions and the un-vote climbs to over a million: 1,090,729 provisional ballots tossed out.

Spoiled Ballots. You vote, you assume its counted. Think again. Your "x" was too light for a machine to read. You didnt punch the card hard enough and so you "hung your chad." Therefore, your vote didnt count and, crucially, youll never know it. The federal Election Assistance Commission toted up nearly a million ballots cast but not counted. Add in states too shy to report to Washington, the total spoilage jumps to a rotten 1,389,231.

Absentee Ballots Uncounted. The number of absentee ballots has quintupled in many states, with the number rejected on picayune technical grounds rising to over half a million (526,420) in 2004. In swing states, absentee ballot shredding was pandemic.

Voters Barred from Voting. In this category we find a combination of incompetence and trickery that stops voters from pulling the lever in the first place. Theres the purge of "felon" voters that continues to eliminate thousands whose only crime is VWB Voting While Black. It includes subtle games like eliminating polling stations in selected districts, creating impossible lines. No one can pretend to calculate a hard number for all votes lost this way any more than you can find every bullet fragment in a mutilated body. But its a safe bet that the numbers reach into the hundreds of thousands of voters locked out of the voting booth.


Never forget the pursuit of Truth.
Only the deluded & complicit accept election results on blind faith.


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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-22-06 11:19 PM
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1. Nation: Critical Article on Fraud Watch by Greg Palast

Please go to either site, copy this and DISTRIBUTE it to your LOCAL and STATE Democratic Party. This documents the core election fraud aimed at minority voters and the poor that cost us election after election and cost those people their right to vote.



Recipe for a Cooked Election
by Greg Palast


http://www.yesmagazine.org/article.asp?id=1511
or http://gregpalast.com /

A nasty little secret of American democracy is that, in every national election, ballots cast are simply thrown in the garbage



A nasty little secret of American democracy is that, in every national election, ballots cast are simply thrown in the garbage. Most are called "spoiled," supposedly unreadable, damaged, invalid. They just dont get counted. This spoilage has occurred for decades, but it reached unprecedented heights in the last two presidential elections. In the 2004 election, for example, more than three million ballots were never counted.

Almost as deep a secret is that people are doing something about it. In New Mexico, citizen activists, disgusted by systematic vote disappearance, demanded change and got it.

In Ohio, during the 2004 Presidential election, 153,237 ballots were simply thrown away more than the Bush victory margin. In New Mexico the uncounted vote was five times the Bush alleged victory margin of 5,988. In Iowa, Bushs triumph of 13,498 was overwhelmed by 36,811 votes rejected. The official number is bad enough 1,855,827 ballots cast not counted, according to the federal governments Elections Assistance Commission. But the feds are missing data from several cities and entire states too embarrassed to report the votes they failed to count.

Correcting for that under-reporting, the number of ballots cast but never counted goes to 3,600,380. Why doesnt your government tell you this?


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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-22-06 11:49 PM
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2. Nation: The Simple Fact-E-VOTING is RIGGED Proof
Edited on Mon Oct-23-06 12:18 AM by autorank
Take a look at the three pages of the linked pdf. Its just a fact, our elections are rigged. All the apologists in the world wont change that. This is a great resource, filled with information. Download it and send it to your local candidate and state party.

Outstanding resource for election fraud information, practical help


http://electionarchive.org /


Great Presentation on Election Fraud and Analysis How to spot it.

Recommendations of the National Election Data Archive for election activists, and for the public and for candidates for ensuring, as best is possible, that only correctly elected candidates are sworn into office this coming January 2007, despite a fundamentally flawed U.S. election system that is ineffectually audited if at all, and uses voting machines that enable any one of the 100's of persons who build and maintain them to undetectably rig elections.

Five slides from the presentation.










But nobody else reformedits a RIGGED GAME.
Get the PDF and move it around.
VITAL INFORMATION


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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-22-06 11:54 PM
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3. Act with Other: Election Defense Alliance ELECTION DAY RAPID RESPONSE
Edited on Mon Oct-23-06 12:30 AM by autorank
Get involvedthis is a very aggressive organization to defend voting rights.


Election Day Rapid Response: A Six-Part Plan to Defend the Vote


http://tinyurl.com/y735gx

Election Defense Alliance has a coordinated, six-part plan for citizen direct action to defend the vote in the November midterm elections. The tactical components of the EDRR plan are:

1. Election Monitoring. Teams of trained citizen observors will monitor polls and central counting centers to document and report violations of election law, including illegal obstruction of the public's right to observe the count, failure to publicly post precinct results, and violations of election security provisions, including voting machine use procedures required as conditions of certification. Monitoring volunteers, contact Tom Courbat

2. Pre-Emptive Legal Intervention. Election monitoring teams will be accompanied by lawyers with pre-prepared court orders to enforce compliance with election laws, including public right to observe the count, public posting of precinct results, and strict adherence to election security protocols which if breached, render the voting machines out of compliance and the election results suspect and unverifiable. Legal volunteers, contact Dan Ashby

3. Exit Polling.Citizen-commissioned exit polls can provide an independent check on the validity of reported election results. The most competitive House, Senate, and statewide contests are where the threat of covert election fraud is predictably the greatest. The cost of covering the most crucial races that will determine the composition of Congress, is about $400,000--a substantial but achievable sum considering the stakes. Please go to the Independent Exit Poll donation page and send your contribution immediately. Arrangements must be made within days.

4. Election Data Analysis. EDA will manage an election-day data analysis operation that compares historical voting data, voter opinion tracking polls, and citizen-commissioned exit polling data, to the officially reported election results from selected, highly competitive House, Senate, and statewide races. The official election results will be processed through a battery of multiple analytic computer programs for rapid, real-time flagging of suspect patterns suggesting fraudulent manipulation of the official vote totals. Findings will be communicated via conventional press releases as well as the EDRR communications network of websites, Internet radio, and community access television networks. Data Analysis volunteers: Contact Bruce O'Dell

5. Communications. Throughout election day and night, activity at polls and election counting centers will be thoroughly documented by teams of correspondents recording and uploading live video, audio, photo, and text reports via wireless communication devices (e.g., video-enabled cellphones) to EDA and other E I web portals, bypassing the corporate newsmedia to bring breaking news of voter suppression, obstruction, security breaches, and indications of electronic vote theft direct to the public, while it is happening. To participate in shaping net-mediated communication tactics, contact Kim Grant.
Conventional press release and publicity methods will complement Net distribution. We need experienced publicists and newswriters. To help with print and radio promotion, contact
Info@ElectionDefenseAlliance.org

6. Demonstrations. Public demonstrations will be organized at central counting locations, commencing at the close of polls and continuing throughout election night and beyond, demanding verified proof of reported election results. The demonstrations will be covered live via web portals and public radio and TV networks, interspersed with updates from the Election Data Analysis project reporting suspect election totals and directing increased protest turnout to those locations.
If you have experience organizing public demonstrations, or contacts with groups who do, please
send message to Info@ElectionDefenseAlliance.org

The above tactics in isolation are limited or useless, but in combination, they are powerful.
Many other local, regional and national groups have independently developed similar or complementary plans to those listed above. These efforts will have greatest effect if they are coordinated and focused to direct mass public attention to election obstruction and electronic fraud as it is happening.

The more volunteers and donated funds we have, the greater our chance of arresting electronic fraud and voter suppression.

We need:Organizers, publicists, fundraisers, programmers, webmasters, video and radio correspondents, writers and graphic artists, event managers, MONEY, and hundreds of citizen patriots to volunteer for election day monitoring, communications, and demonstrations.
Send inquiries and offers of assistance to Info@ElectionDefenseAlliance.org and check the "Take Action" and "Projects" links and the EDRR Working Group forum on this website for forthcoming directions and updates.

Click here to display a one-page EDRR overview that can be downloaded and copied for wide public distribution. http://electiondefensealliance.org/files/EDRR_flyer.pdf
To download flyer, click on the file link under the heading "Attachments" immediately below.

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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-22-06 11:55 PM
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4. Citizen Activism Tools---


Citizen Activism Tool Kit: Various tools to help you.

Citizen Activism Tools



Verified Voting Transparency Project: Election Monitoring Checklists
http://electiondefensealliance.org/verified_voting_tran...
Join Pollworkers for Democracy
http://electiondefensealliance.org/pollworkersfordemocr...
State Open Records Law Request Letter Generator
http://electiondefensealliance.org/state_open_records_l...
New Progressive Coalition Fundraising Press Kit
http://electiondefensealliance.org/new_progressive_coal...
CA Election Monitoring --A Training Manual
http://electiondefensealliance.org/ca_election_monitori...
Communication & Framing Tools
http://electiondefensealliance.org/framing
Get the Solarbus DVD featuring the Lou Dobbs "Democracy at Risk" Series!
http://electiondefensealliance.org/get_the_solarbus_dvd...
Learn the Basics
http://electiondefensealliance.org/get_the_solarbus_dvd...
Explore Resources
http://electiondefensealliance.org/explore_resouces

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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-22-06 11:56 PM
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5. OH: To Insure Fair Vote CASE OHIO
Case is a great Ohio voting rights organization. If youre there, they are a great group to to watch and work with. They were there in 2004, thare there now and they dont back down.

Ohio Calendar of Events
last update: 18 Oct 06
Alerts
Watch this space http://www.caseohio.org /



* Nov 2: Lunch with Spencer Overton, author of Steeling Democracy: New Politics of Voter Suppression. Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Details
* Nov 4: Absentee ballot 'by mail' request deadline (details at SOS site)
* Nov 6: Absentee ballot 'in person' request deadline
* Nov 7 : General Election Day (Polls are open 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.)
* Nov 11: Second Saturday Salon 341 S. 3rd St. Columbus
* Nov 14: (7PM) ACLU Post Election panel at the First Unitarian Universalist Church

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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-22-06 11:57 PM
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6. Nation: Project Vote Get to know themcritical enfranchisement group
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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 12:02 AM
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7. Nation: The Advancement Project's Voter Protection Project
Edited on Mon Oct-23-06 12:25 AM by autorank
Get to know this group. They are a voting and social rights organization. After the election in November, it will be more thaln apparent that what has always been has been again election fraud is targeted against minorities and the poor. This group combines civil rights with voting rights.



http://www.advancementproject.org/vp/voter_prtxn.html

In partnership with Project Vote, other voter registration groups, and local voter protection coalitions, Advancement Project works to eliminate legal and structural barriers to voting for potential voters in minority and low income communities.

Advancement Project has a demonstrated track record in building sustainable local coalitions and proven legal and communications expertise that will support and leverage local capacity to improve election administration and expand voter enfranchisement. By monitoring new registration activity and facilitating effective communication between local coalitions and election administrators, we work to identify and prevent potential

Election Day problems. We are building a framework for effective voter protection efforts and plan to replicate those efforts in other communities.

SERVICES PROVIDED

In 2006, Advancement Project is concentrating Voter Protection Project activities in 10 states. Our attorneys, on-the-ground Local Voter Protection Advocates, and communications specialists all veterans of years of fighting for fair elections provide vital services to local voter protection coalitions and civic participation groups, including:

Timely and state-specific legal analysis and advice
Comprehensive training on conducting registration drives, how to retain and store relevant records, and other local practices
Creative, problem-solving approaches, backed by solid research
Well-researched, accessible, state-of-the-art manuals and materials
Cutting-edge communications strategies; and
Formidable courtroom prowess to vindicate voters rights when other approaches fail to produce needed reforms.

ACTIVITIES
To achieve our goals of focusing on voter protection and equitable, accountable election administration, Advancement Project is:

Building an Election Administration Monitoring and Accountability Network, a local, grassroots initiative that works with election officials to identify and resolve problems in advance of elections.

Leveraging relationships with local officials and civic engagement groups to secure equitable resource allocations for polling places in low-income communities.

Informing local election officials about the impact of pre-election purging procedures and work in partnership to establish criteria and processes to keep eligible voters on the rolls.

Educating community partners and the general public about voting rights, new state laws, and procedures for voter registration.

Protecting against voter suppression through new and ongoing legal solutions for irregular and unjust practices.

Encouraging the Election Assistance Commission to strengthen voter protections and voter registration efforts.

Connecting coalitions to form a coordinated, well-informed network through our online Community Justice Resource Center.

(http://www.advancementproject.org/resource_center.html )

If you or your organization needs further assistance please contact a member of the voter protection team at 202/728-9557.

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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 12:03 AM
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8. Nation: Resources on Voter Protection in Key States


http://www.advancementproject.org/publications.html

Voter Protection
The following are documents spanning a variety of "Clearing the Path" Topics. The documents provided will be primarily for the eight states in which Advancement Project is concentrating our "Clearing the Path" work.

Voter Protection Laws in a Nutshell

These publications are part of a series intended to distill complex election law for lawyers, advocates, voter registration campaigns and Get Out the Vote campaigns. They combine state election law with state regulations, rules, attorney general opinions and other election materials to provide a comprehensive interpretation of the law and practices that impact elections. While these publications does not cover every provision of state election law, they highlight those provisions which, in our experience, have most impacted the voting rights of minority voters.

Advancement Project publishes these nuthsells with local law firms and lawyers as part of our "Voter Protection Program" project. We encourage our partners to use these legal guides in support of local, on the ground voter protection efforts in advance of Election Day.


o Arizona Voter Protection Laws in A Nutshell
o http://www.advancementproject.org/reports/AZnutshell.pd...
o Florida Voter Protection Laws in A Nutshell
o http://www.advancementproject.org/reports/001-Florida-N...
o Michigan Voter Protection Laws in A Nutshell
o http://www.advancementproject.org/reports/MInutshell.pd...
o Maryland Voter Protection Laws in A Nutshell
o http://www.advancementproject.org/reports/MDNutshell.pd...
o New Jersey Voter Protection Laws in A Nutshell
o http://www.advancementproject.org/reports/NJnutshell.pd...
o Ohio Voter Protection Laws in A Nutshell
o http://www.advancementproject.org/reports/OHnutshell06....
o Pennsylvania Voter Protection Laws in A Nutshell
o http://www.advancementproject.org/reports/PANutshell.pd...
o Virginia Voter Protection Laws in A Nutshell
o http://www.advancementproject.org/reports/VAnutshell.pd...
o

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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 12:10 AM
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9. Nation: Paper Ballots in 2008 Presidential Election HR 6200 - Kucinich
Edited on Mon Oct-23-06 12:11 AM by autorank

In case you run into anyone who still says paper ballots are impractical and we have to fix the TRASH TOUCH SCREENS AND OPTICAL SCANS, show them this. After election day, THIS WILL PASS, count on it. WE WILL HAVE HAND COUNTED PAPER BALLOTS.



Paper Ballot Act of 2006 (Introduced in House)
http://tinyurl.com/ulnsq

HR 6200 IH

109th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6200

To amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to require States to conduct Presidential elections using paper ballots and to count those ballots by hand, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES


September 27, 2006

Mr. KUCINICH (for himself, Ms. CORRINE BROWN of Florida, Mr. CLAY, Mr. CONYERS, Mr. FILNER, Mr. GRIJALVA, Mr. GUTIERREZ, Mr. HASTINGS of Florida, Mr. HINCHEY, Mr. JACKSON of Illinois, Ms. JACKSON-LEE of Texas, Ms. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON of Texas, Ms. KAPTUR, Ms. LEE, Mr. MCDERMOTT, Ms. MCKINNEY, Mrs. MALONEY, Ms. SOLIS, Ms. WATERS, and Ms. WOOLSEY) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration, and in addition to the Committee on Government Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to require States to conduct Presidential elections using paper ballots and to count those ballots by hand, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `Paper Ballot Act of 2006'.

SEC. 2. REQUIRING USE OF HAND-COUNTED PAPER BALLOTS IN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS.

Section 301(a) of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (42 U.S.C. 15481(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

`(7) SPECIAL RULES FOR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS- Notwithstanding any other provision of this subsection, in the case of a regularly scheduled general election for the electors of President and Vice President (beginning with the election in November 2008), the following rules shall apply:

`(A) The State shall conduct the election using only paper ballots.

`(B) The State shall ensure that the number of ballots cast at a precinct or equivalent location which are placed inside a single box or similar container does not exceed 500.

`(C) The ballots cast at a precinct or equivalent location shall be counted by hand by election officials at the precinct, and a representative of each political party with a candidate on the ballot, as well as any interested member of the public, may observe the officials as they count the ballots. The previous sentence shall not apply with respect to provisional ballots cast under section 302(a).'.

SEC. 3. MOVING OBSERVATION OF WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY TO ELECTION DAY DURING PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION YEARS.

Section 6103(a) of title 5, United States Code, is amended--
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Tinksrival Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 12:16 AM
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10. Alaska Dems fighting back against election fraud
Found this in my trade magazine:

http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=...

Alaska Dems Battle State Over E-voting
Party says changes were made to voter database after 04 election

snip>>>>>

An examination of the e-voting database and its audit logs from the November 2004 general election in Alaska found that changes were made to thedatabase in the months after the votes were tallied, according to the states Democratic Party.

The party contends that a study of the electronic voting database, which it obtained a copy of last month after a long battle with the state, revealed that the database had been accessed as recently as this July.

The Division of Elections has not comprehensively explained and corrected the situation, said Alaska Democratic Party spokeswoman Kay Brown.

The logs were generated by Diebold Election Systems AccuVote-OS optical-scan voting systems, which were used statewide in the election.
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skids Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 12:38 AM
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11. Hotline numbers to report voting problems...

...those that I could find are diaried here:

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2006/10/19/181116/49
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emlev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 01:35 AM
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12. $250,000 Whistleblower Reward Fund


VelvetRevolution is offering a $250,000 reward for information about election fraud and manipulation in the November 7th mid-term elections. Thats a quarter million dollars to the persons or persons who provide us with definitive and conclusive proof that a United States House or Senate election has been rigged by illegal means.

The information must result in an overturning of a congressional election and a conviction of the person or persons responsible for the fraud. We want whistleblowers to come forward and to provide us with evidence, documents, tape recordings, and admissions. Send to tips at velvetrevolution.us.

This reward is one part of VRs ongoing Election Protection Strike Force, with lots more to come.
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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 03:48 AM
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13. NEVER FORGET, Never ever forget this...CRIME of CRIMES

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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 05:55 PM
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15. Impossible to forget
The "messenger" is a master as always...kp
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Kurovski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 01:55 PM
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14. Kick to the top.
Thank you, autorank!
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