02 May 2014

On Election Day 2006, the American people will almost certainly vote
to give the Democratic Party one or both houses of Congress.



We will vote to restore at least some of the checks and balances
written into the Constitution of the United States. We will vote to
end the reign of terror and error imposed on the nation and world
since the stolen election of 2000. State by state, governorships and
legislatures should return to the opposition party.



All the polls, and all the instincts of credible students of American
politics, indicate this will happen. Anyone familiar with the history
of the American electorate can be reasonably certain that the issues
of war, deficits, economy, environment, scandal, sexual imposition and
more will overwhelmingly favor a traditional rejection of the party in
power.



But in 2006, the party in power has installed a nationwide system of
election theft. And the outcome of Tuesday's election may depend on
the ability of the grassroots American citizenry to overcome this
infernal machine.



The GOP engine of vote theft is built primarily on two pillars:



First is the massive disenfranchisement of mostly urban Democrats,
including millions of people of color. Second is the simultaneous
inflation of mostly rural and suburban Republican votes, including the
mythological influx of "last-minute evangelicals" who may well exist
primarily in the memory cards of rigged electronic machines.



Throughout the country, a concerted effort by the Republican Party has
crippled voter registration drives. In Ohio some 500,000 citizens who
were already registered --some ten percent of the electorate---have
been deleted (many without notification) in the Democratic strongholds
of Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton and Lucas Counties. With easily
manipulated electronic registration books now in place, or private
partisan vendors controlling registration rolls, throughout the US,
millions more may have been deleted or flagged in other largely
Democratic urban areas.



Based on what we know from Florida 2000, stolen Senatorial races in
2002, and Ohio 2004, here are some of the things we can expect from
the GOP on Tuesday:



Disenfranchisement of alleged "ex-felons," even in states where it is
not illegal for ex-felons to vote, or their intimidation through
anonymous phone calls; denial, misprinting and failure to send
absentee ballots; denial of voting rights at polling stations through
unreasonable or illegal demands for identification; insufficient
numbers of voting machines and/or paper ballots at inner city and
college town precincts; malfunctioning of those machines and
misprinting of those ballots, rendering them erroneous or deliberately
confusing; misrepresentation of requirements to obtain regular or
provisional ballots; outright trashing of ballots at the voting
stations; declaration of phony Homeland Security alerts to remove ballot
counting from public scrutiny; outright refusal to count ballots (as
in Ohio, where more than 100,000 cast in 2004 have yet to be tallied);
termination of the traditional posting of outcomes at precincts;
subversion of the recount process.



All this and more was used to steal the elections of 2000 and 2004,
and has been documented and broadcast through the internet, at sites
such as blackboxvoting.org, freepress.org, bradblog.com and many more.
Despite a mainstream media blackout and the unwillingness of the
Democratic Party to face this issue, there is no reason to be
surprised on Tuesday.



It will not be enough to rely on polls indicating victory, or to call
voters to turn out, or to merely vote on Election Day.



No citizen should be turned away without an election protection
monitor documenting it. No monitor should be turned away without full
documentation and a call to the police. No ballot should be trashed
without sworn affidavits as to why. No recount should be conducted
without total public scrutiny.



In all cases, we ask anyone involved to send a report to
democracy@freepress.org, with at least your publishable e-mail address included.



We further urge that throughout the states, public post-election
hearings be convened in the presence of a court stenographer, so that
sworn testimony and affidavits can be available for later litigation.



Such documentation has proven crucial in the lawsuits that have
preserved the Ohio 2004 ballots and other voting rights here. It will
be at the core of continued efforts to restore American democracy.



Electronic voting machines remain problematic. There is no magic
bullet except for absolute scrutiny, persistence, and a willingness to
fight it out over every electron. Even with high tech thievery, if
the People are vigilant, the Truth can eventually win out. The higher
the voter turnout, and the greater the vigilence by voters, the more difficult for Bush and Rove to steal the election, and the more likely we are to catch them if they try.



We expect more tricks we've not yet seen. Even as we write this, Ohio's Republican Secretary of State, J. Kenneth Blackwell, is imposing new regulations for obtaining a ballot.



But there is no excuse for throwing up one's hands in despair. Or for
doing nothing in the face of the obvious.



As with the recent rise of the movements for civil rights, peace,
social justice and ecological survival, the public campaign for
election protection has exploded from the handful to the many to the
multitudes.



The power of pro-active grassroots democracy will be sorely tested on
Tuesday. The stakes could not be higher.



--

Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman are co-authors, with Steve
Rosenfeld, of WHAT HAPPENED IN OHIO?, just published by the New
Press. They are of counsel and plaintiff in the King Lincoln voter
protection lawsuit in Ohio. Bob is an independent candidate for
governor of Ohio, endorsed by the Green Party. Harvey's SOLARTOPIA!
OUR GREEN-POWERED EARTH, A.D. 2030, is available at
www.solartopia.org.
Ed. Note: blackboxvoting.com has been changed to blackboxvoting.org.