Most progressives are feeling reasonably confident going in to this election. The latest numbers show Obama leading in the national numbers by 7 points and in the electoral college by a fairly wide margin. The mood is good. But the mood was good in 2000, and it was even better in 2004. Remember when those early exit polls had us all convinced that we were about to elect President Kerry? And yet, we ended up with another four years of an administration that many would argue was not legally supposed to be there in the first place.
In the last presidential election over 3 million votes were cast and NEVER COUNTED. The next president, senator or congressperson may not be chosen by counting the votes, but by blocking the voters.
Greg Palast and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., are on the case. Check out the Steal Back Your Vote website. Learn about six ways your vote can be stolen, and seven ways you can steal it back! They’ve put together a fun comic book that shows how to deal with problems in the polling place. The comic book is non-partisan, so you can take it into the polling place. Pass it on to someone else in line when you’re done, or print multiple copies for those waiting.
Are you feeling a little stealthy, Mudflatters? Black Box Voting has some great suggestions about what you can do to expose election fraud. Most poll locations in the US require that the paper printouts from voting machines be posted on the door of the polling place after the polls close. If you go to the polling place and video these original tapes as they hang on the door, you capture the “official” numbers as they should be recorded.
These votes goes through several sets of hands before the results are released to the public. Sometimes those final numbers don’t match the ones coming out of the polling place….go figure. But, if you’ve got those original numbers on video, you can upload them to the “Video Your Vote” site and get it on the record! Then, if there are problems, you’ve documented them and put them in the proper hands. Here’s a video that shows the process.