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February 23rd, 2005


vampirekiss
06:31 pm - Count Every Vote
I believe that Americans deserve to know that their votes will count - and will be counted. That's why I am signing up as a citizen co-sponsor of the Count Every Vote Act of 2005.

It's time we have:

* Verified paper ballots for every vote cast by electronic voting machines;
* Uniform provisional ballots so states will count and treat votes equally; and
* Standards to ensure equal access to voting machines and election personnel.


American democracy requires fair, accurate and credible elections! Sign up as a citizen co-sponsor of this bill here.

(x-posted in a couple of places. Feel free to cross post this yourself.)

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January 4th, 2005


vampirekiss
05:42 am - A plug (sort of)
For Christmas, I was given a desktop calendar of "Bushisms" by a friend of mine. In a way, I don't want to look at them, because I'll get aggrivated, but it's kind of like a car crash- I can't look away.

I thought that maybe other people on livejournal might share my semi-masochistic tendencies, so I made the community daily_bushism for people to put on their friends list. As I tear off each page of the calendar, I'll add the Bushism to the community, so it'll work like one of those comic strip feeds.

So...friend it if you want to. Please don't make me witness the horror alone. LOL.
Current Mood: amusedamused

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December 1st, 2004


from_ashes
09:57 am - Some of you might find this interesting...
"Dear Robin,

I need your immediate help. You've probably heard about the extremely close race for governor here in Washington. Only 42 votes separate my opponent and me, and thousands of ballots across the state haven't been counted.

This is by far the closest race in the history of our state, and one of the closest the nation has ever seen. That means we must make sure that every single legitimate ballot has been counted -- and that means a statewide manual recount of every vote.

Washington state law requires the party requesting the recount to pay for it, and it will cost at least $750,000. The Democratic Party is committed to this recount, but they need your immediate donation today to make it happen. Please give today.

https://www.democrats.org/support/

Let me put this race in a little more perspective. Out of nearly 3 million votes cast, only 42 votes separate my Republican opponent and me. That's a difference of 0.0014 percent. The error for voting machines is somewhere between 1 and 2 percent, or 1,000 times as great as the vote difference.

That means that this race is tied, and anything is possible with a manual recount. We must count every vote individually, and we can't do it without you.

https://www.democrats.org/support/

Do not let this election slip through our fingers. We are only 42 votes away from victory in Washington, and we are confident that once all the votes are counted, we will win this race. Please help us reach this urgent goal by making a donation today!

https://www.democrats.org/support/

Sincerely,
Chris Gregoire"

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November 19th, 2004


from_ashes
03:41 pm - The Work Begins
From Senator Kerry:

"I want to thank you personally for what you did in the election -- you rewrote the book on grassroots politics, taking control of campaigns away from big donors. No campaign will ever be the same.

You moved voters, helped hold George Bush accountable, and countered the attacks from big news organizations such as Fox, Sinclair Broadcasting, and conservative talk radio.

And your efforts count now more than ever. Despite the words of cooperation and moderate sounding promises, this administration is planning a right wing assault on values and ideals we hold most deeply. Healthy debate and diverse opinion are being eliminated from the State Department and CIA, and the cabinet is being remade to rubber stamp policies that will undermine Social Security, balloon the deficit, avoid real reforms in health care and education, weaken homeland security, and walk away from critical allies around the world.

Regardless of the outcome of this election, once all the votes are counted -- and they will be counted -- we will continue to challenge this administration. This is not a time for Democrats to retreat and accommodate extremists on critical principles -- it is a time to stand firm.

I will fight for a national standard for federal elections that has both transparency and accountability in our voting system. It's unacceptable in the United States that people still don't have full confidence in the integrity of the voting process.

I ask you to join me in this cause.

And we must fight not only against George Bush's extreme policies -- we must also uphold our own values. This is why on the first day Congress is in session next year, I will introduce a bill to provide every child in America with health insurance. And, with your help, that legislation will be accompanied by the support of hundreds of thousands of Americans.

There are more than eight million uninsured children in our nation.

That's eight million reasons for us to stay together and fight for a new direction. It is a disgrace that in the wealthiest nation on earth, eight million children go without health insurance.

Normally, a member of the Senate will first approach other senators and ask them to co-sponsor a bill before it is introduced -- instead, I am turning to you. Imagine the power of a bill co-sponsored by hundreds of thousands of Americans being presented on the floor of the United States Senate. You can make it happen. Sign our "Every Child Protected" pledge today and forward it to your family, friends, and neighbors:

http://johnkerry.com/EveryChild

This is the beginning of a second term effort to hold the Bush administration accountable and to stand up and fight for our principles and our values. They want you to disappear; they are counting on that. I'm confident you will prove them wrong, and you will rewrite history again.

Here is what I want you to know. I understand the strength, commitment, and passion that are at the core of what we built together -- and I am determined to make our collective energy and organization a force to be reckoned with in the weeks and months ahead.

Let's roll up our sleeves and get back to work for our country.

Thank you,
John Kerry"

I urge everyone to sign up to co-sponsor this bill! This is the sort of thing that could change politics. We DO have a voice. Demmit.

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November 11th, 2004


vampirekiss
03:04 pm - Investigate the Vote
Dear MoveOn member,

Questions are swirling around whether the election was conducted honestly or not. We need to know -- was it or wasn't it?

If people were wrongly prevented from voting, or if legitimate votes were mis-counted or not counted at all, we need to know so the wrongdoers can be held accountable, and so we can prevent this from happening again.

Members of Congress are demanding an investigation to answer this question. The decision on whether or not there will be an investigation could come as soon as Monday. Join us in supporting the call for one now, at:

http://www.moveon.org/investigatethevote/

Then please invite your friends and colleagues to sign, as well. We need to show Congress that hundreds of thousands of Americans are serious about protecting the integrity of the vote.

We're all hearing the stories and wondering what's true and what isn't. But at least two cases of serious problems are accepted beyond doubt:

* In Broward County, Florida, electronic voting machines counted backwards: as more people voted, the official vote count went down. [1]

* In one Columbus, Ohio suburb, election officials have acknowledged that electronic voting machines credited Bush with winning 4,258 votes, even though only 638 people voted there. [2]

These are just cases where we know something went wrong. There were also lots of reports of people being denied ballots on Election Day. So far, these reports remain anecdotal, but they must be compiled and examined. And the Internet is abuzz with theories about why the official counts were so different from the exit polls.

Do you have a story? Were you prevented from voting? Tell us, at:

http://www.moveon.org/investigatethevote/

Six prominent members of Congress have called for an investigation. Representatives Conyers (D-MI), Holt (D-NJ), Nadler (D-NY), Scott (D-VA), Watt (D-NC) and Wexler (D-FL), have demanded that the U.S. General Accounting Office:

"immediately undertake an investigation of the efficacy of voting machines and new technologies used in the 2004 election, how election officials responded to difficulties they encountered, and what we can do in the future to improve our election systems and administration." [3]

We've got to support their call by asking our own Representatives and Senators to join them.

If you have a personal story of disenfranchisement, tell us. These members of Congress have agreed to include our stories and comments in their call for an investigation. Please sign now -- we'll deliver our compiled statements to them on Friday.

Even if you don't have a personal story, your signature on our petition will still help build support for an investigation.

To keep our faith in democracy, we need to know the facts. Your signature, and your story if you have one, will help.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

--Carrie, Joan, Lee, Marika, Noah, Peter, Rosalyn, and Wes
The MoveOn.org Team
November 11th, 2004

Footnotes:

1. Broward Machines Count Backward, Palm Beach Post, November 5, 2004
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/politics/content/news/epaper/2004/11/05/a29a_BROWVOTE_1105.html

2. Glitch Gave Bush Extra Votes in Ohio, AP carried on CNN, November 5, 2004
http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/11/05/voting.problems.ap/

3. Letters from members of Congress to David Walker, Comptroller General of the United States, demanding an investigation of the election: November 5th, 2004 & November 8th, 2004
http://www.house.gov/judiciary_democrats/gaoinvestvote2004ltr11804.pdf
http://www.house.gov/judiciary_democrats/gaoinvestvote2004ltr11804.pdf

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November 10th, 2004


with_this_voice
09:29 pm
I found this article on Slate today and in the interest of sharing both sides of things thought I would post it.

http://www.slate.com/id/2109416/

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November 9th, 2004


with_this_voice
08:11 pm - Part political, part personal, this terrified me.
Part political, part personal, this terrified me.

Your Mind & Freedom - 26 October 2004
http://www.MindFreedom.org - please forward

"Whatcha Gonna Do When They Screen For You?"

Warning: Bush administration pushes for
more US citizens to be forcibly drugged,
even on outpatient basis.
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vampirekiss
07:20 pm - Direct Action for Possible Vote Fraud
Finally! Something we can do other than stay aware.

Today on Air America, there was a representative in congress who was talking about what we would have to do to be able to get a subpoena to examine the votes, say, in Florida, which if you believe the results, claim that 100% of Republicans, 100% of independents, and 15% of democrats voted for Bush in 47 counties. Also, in one county in Ohio, there were more votes recorded than voters registered. (Sources for Randi Rhodes' show can be found here. What would be really good and go really far toward getting some physical proof about these discrepancies, which would lend more merit to the case, would be if the Committee on the Judiciary in the House of Representatives would issue a subpoena for examination of some of the votes, in, say, about three counties in Florida. Specifically, because what we want is physical proof, what we want is to subpoena the optical scan ballots so that we can compare them to the figures in the main computer to see if there are any differences.

Unfortunately, for that to happen, a majority of the representatives on this (republican led) committee would have to ask for the subpoena- OR if the chairman of the committee issued a subpoena that would also work.

So, to that end, I give you the contact information for Congressman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr., chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary. He's issued a statement on his website that when you wade through the anti-Kerry propaganda, says, "The need for free and fair elections is obvious, and come November 2, I hope the outcome in our state, and indeed our nation, reflects the true and honest will of American citizens."

Let's hold him to that. Write him, call him, and ask for a subpoena of a few counties in Florida. (Remember, we want to look at the optical scan ballots). Remember, framing your argument is important- don't be rude, don't yell and scream, and maybe even put it in a way that he'll like- tell him you want to "put the lie to rest that this election was not a true fair election". Because really, that's what we all want. We just have different reasons for wanting to put that idea to rest- mostly because we know it isn't a lie. But we can't prove it without evidence.

Take action! (x-posted)

***EDIT***

Okay, guys, apparently there was a big mistake tallying the Ohio county's votes- turns out that for some reason, when they post the vote totals on their county website, they post the number of absentee ballots more than once, even though they only count toward the county total once. Why they do this? Who knows. Maybe to confuse the hell out of people trying to figure out the numbers. Anyway, read more about the clearing up of this misunderstanding here.

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November 5th, 2004


ex_mery
08:56 pm
Man Beaten In Apparent Hate Crime In University City
Group Threatened To Kill Man, Fled In SUV

POSTED: 11:38 am PST November 4, 2004
UPDATED: 12:15 pm PST November 5, 2004
SAN DIEGO -- A man was beaten just outside his University City apartment by a group of five men who believed he was from the Middle East, San Diego police said Thursday.

The victim was trying to park when the assailants, all white men, threw a beer bottle and shattered his car window just after 11 p.m. Wednesday, Sgt. Rich Nemetz said.

The assailants then knocked down the victim as he got out of his car, kicking him, yelling racial slurs and telling him to go back to Iraq, Nemetz said. The victim is of Portuguese descent.

The men took the victim's shoes and fled in a black SUV, threatening to return and kill him, Nemetz said.

The attackers remained at large Thursday, Nemetz said.

(Source link: http://www.10news.com/news/3890483/detail.html?subid=22100481&qs=1;bp=t )

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from_ashes
01:28 pm - Black Box Voting
From here... http://www.blackboxvoting.org/

"THURSDAY Nov. 4 2004: If you are concerned about what happened Tuesday, Nov. 2, you have found a home with our organization. Help America Audit.

Black Box Voting has taken the position that fraud took place in the 2004 election through electronic voting machines. We base this on hard evidence, documents obtained in public records requests, inside information, and other data indicative of manipulation of electronic voting systems. What we do not know is the specific scope of the fraud. We are working now to compile the proof, based not on soft evidence -- red flags, exit polls -- but core documents obtained by Black Box Voting in the most massive Freedom of Information action in history.

We need: Lawyers to enforce public records laws. Some counties have already notified us that they plan to stonewall by delaying delivery of the records. We need citizen volunteers for a number of specific actions. We need computer security professionals willing to GO PUBLIC with formal opinions on the evidence we provide, whether or not it involves DMCA complications. We need funds to pay for copies of the evidence.

TUESDAY Nov 2 2004: BREAKING NEWS: New information indicates that hackers may have targeted the central computers that are counting our votes."

Go the above URL for more info.

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