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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-10-08 12:42 PM
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Repeats Of 2000/2004 Are UNACCEPTABLE - ASK Obama To PLEDGE To Challenge Suspicious Elections
Repeats Of 2000/2004 Are UNACCEPTABLE - ASK Obama To PLEDGE To Challenge Suspicious Elections

REPEATS OF 2000/04 ARE UNACCEPTABLE


(I join my DU friend emlev in asking Obama to prepare now to: "Stand For Voters.
We'd like to see all the presidential candidates on board." kpete
)

Two Presidential Candidates Have Pledged to Challenge Suspicious Elections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 9, 2008, Santa Cruz, California
Contact: Emily Levy, (831) 429-8946, info@StandingForVoters.org

Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader has now joined Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney in taking the Standing For Voters 'Super Pledge' offered by StandingForVoters.org, a project of VelvetRevolution.us.

"Candidates taking the pledge are telling voters, 'We ask you to stand for us as candidates, and you can trust us to stand for you when it comes to demanding an election with integrity," says Standing For Voters Project Coordinator Emily Levy. "While some challenges to elections can be mounted by voters, others must be initiated by candidates themselves. We're asking candidates to prepare now to Stand For Voters. We'd like to see all the presidential candidates on board."

Neither Barack Obama nor John McCain has yet taken the Standing For Voters pledge. "In 2004, John Kerry conceded prematurely," says Levy. "Millions of votes in Ohio remained uncounted, and the outcome of the election hinged on Ohio's electoral votes. A repeat is unacceptable. The voting public needs to know that the candidates take seriously the issues of disenfranchisement and electronic manipulation of votes, and the need for a true basis for voter confidence in the announced election results."

The pledge includes a 'no early concessions' clause, as well as a commitment to challenge suspicious elections. The November 4 general election already faces numerous court challenges, including lawsuits by both the Democratic and Republican parties over voter registration issues.
Candidate pledges are being sought and posted online by StandingForVoters.org. In addition to Nader and McKinney, candidates for Congress and for local offices have pledged. Notably, two candidates pursuing posts as election officials, have signed onto the campaign: Jason Osgood is running for Washington Secretary of State; Ellen Brodsky is running for Supervisor of Elections in notorious Broward County, Florida.
Voters are encouraged to approach candidates directly to ask for their pledge. StandingForVoters.org offers tips at their website about how to reach candidates. "Many candidates I've spoken with are eager to be offered the opportunity to sign," says Levy, "but until voters ask them, they're unaware of the opportunity -- and sometimes even of the problems with our election system."

Candidates and voters can find out more about challenging elections, and candidates can pledge at StandingForVoters.org. Groups are invited to endorse the project by emailing info@StandingForVoters.org . Current endorsing organizations include VotersUnite.Org and Progressive Democrats of America.
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more at:
http://www.opednews.com/articles/Two-Presidential-Candi...
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tbyg52 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-10-08 07:43 PM
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emlev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-10-08 08:11 PM
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2. Here's a list of candidates who have pledged so far...
In the time it takes to watch one Sarah Palin YouTube video, you can ask a candidate to pledge to stand up for election integrity.
If you want tips about how to do this beyond what you can find on the StandingForVoters site, please PM me.

Super Pledges:

Cynthia McKinney (Watch video at StandingForVoters.org)
Green
Candidate For U.S. President

Ralph Nader
Independent
Candidate For U.S. President

Herb Hoffman
Independent
Candidate for U.S. Senate
Maine

Clint Curtis (lost in primary)
Democrat
Candidate for U.S. Congress
Florida's 24th District

Carol Miller
Independent
Candidate for U.S. Congress
New Mexico's 3rd District

John Russell
Democrat
Candidate for U.S. Congress
Florida's 5th District

Bill Monning
Democrat
Candidate for Assembly
California's 27th District

Ellen Brodsky
Non-Partisan/No Party Affiliation
Candidate for Supervisor of Elections
Broward County, Florida

Tony Madrigal
Democrat
Candidate for City Council
Santa Cruz, California

David Terrazas
Democrat
Candidate for City Council
Santa Cruz, California

Rick Lass
Green
Candidate for Public Regulation Commissioner
3rd District, New Mexico

Basic Pledges:

Jason Osgood
Democrat
Candidate for Secretary of State
State of Washington

Jason Wright
Democrat
Candidate for State Senate
Wyoming's 2nd District

Mark Ridley-Thomas
Democrat
Candidate for County Supervisor
2nd District, Los Angeles, California

Katherine Beiers
Democrat
Candidate for City Council
Santa Cruz, California

Don Lane
Democrat
Candidate for City Council
Santa Cruz, California

Candidates: Want to see your name on this list? Click here to pledge.
Voters: Want to see your candidate's name on this list? Click here for more info.

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