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FL residents only - Please Read! April 23, 2009 12:27 PM

From True Vote:

Florida is always a critical state in national elections. I am
sending you an alert from Florida democracy reform activists that we work with on an urgent matter.

The legislature is about to pass a sweeping election bill that is bad for voters, bad for democracy and will risk the outcome of national elections because Florida is a swing state. As you can see in the article below "the bill suppresses voter registration, harms senior citizens by eliminating two IDs they can use at the polls, hamstrings the rights of citizens to petition their government, and opens the floodgates to outside influence peddling and excessive campaign contributions by lobbyists." And, the bill centralizes power under the Secretary of State which has been a very partisan office in Florida.

Below are actions you can take to help stop this bill.

Sincerely,

Kevin B. Zeese
Executive Director
TrueVote.US

THIS IS D-DAY:

House bill 7149 (the new number) goes to the floor Friday, April 24th.

The challenge now is to reach local legislators...all over the state.

It is going to be an uphill battle, but your calls can help. Call your LOCAL REPRESENTATIVE THURSDAY, April 23rd, and tell them to VOTE NO ON HB7149. You can also call and leave a message this evening (Wednesday) or early morning.

Find your senator and representative here:

http://www.flsenate.gov/Legislators/index.cfm?Mode=Find%20Your%20Legislators&Submenu=3&Tab=legislators&CFID=53954031&CFTOKEN=39387906

1) Calling is better than emailing. Leave your NAME and CITY, so they know you are a constituent.

2) Keep your message short and to the point:

"Hi, my name is ___________________.  I live in _______________________,

Florida.  I am a CONSTITUENT of Senator/Rep. _______________________.  Please

ask Senator/Rep.__________________ to OPPOSE SB 956 / HB 7149.  (If you speak

with them), say "Can you please tell me how the Senator/Representative plans to

vote?  [Wait for answer. Note answer.]  Thank you for your time."

3) Find your senator and representative here:

http://www.flsenate.gov/Legislators/index.cfm?Mode=Find%20Your%20Legislators&Submenu=3&Tab=legislators&CFID=53954031&CFTOKEN=39387906

CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE FIRST to VOTE NO on HB7149, then call your Senator to VOTE NO on SB956.  The Bill will be heard in the Senate early next week.

4)  THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!
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End Deceptive Practices January 30, 2009 3:18 PM

From the National Campaign for Fair Elections:

The 2008 elections proved that our voting systems remain vulnerable to deceptive practices and voter intimidation. 21st century technologies have opened new channels of misinformation, with inexperienced voters being hit especially hard.

But now we have the momentum on our side. Our new president was one of the first champions of the legislation that will put an end to deceptive practices once and for all. The Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2009 is already before the House of Representatives!

Help outlaw political dirty tricks and urge your Representative to support H.R. 97, the Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2009.

Take Action

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End registration problems. Demand reform. November 26, 2008 2:05 PM

From the National Campaign for Fair Elections:

The 2008 election brought more voters to the polls than ever before. Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands of eligible Americans were prevented from casting a ballot because of problems with the registration system. Election administration sometimes buckled under the strain of increased registration activities.

Our current voter registration system is to blame for this. Rules that vary wildly by state and limited resources make it difficult, confusing, and sometimes impossible for eligible voters to register and stay registered to vote.

Tell Congress and President-elect Obama we need automatic, permanent registration NOW, to ensure that every eligible American voter is able to cast a meaningful ballot.

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Legislate, Investigate November 07, 2008 6:30 PM

From True Vote:

Make sure that never again is the outcome of a U.S. election threatened by deliberate vote suppression, voter intimidation, misinformation, machine malfunction, or reckless election administration.

Send a message to Congress and to the incoming President. Tell them to:

1.) Pass sweeping voting rights legislation enacting the provisions of the Voter Bill of Rights. See http://www.nomorestolenelections.org/resources/voter_bill_of_rights

2.) Conduct a thorough investigation of the deliberate effort by partisan operatives to suppress the vote and steal the 2008 election, and to bring those responsible for voting rights violations to justice.

The trail of voting rights violations in the 2008 election is long, and growing longer: Literally hundreds of thousands of voting rights violation reports have already been filed with election protection efforts like 866OurVote.org, among many others.

Please click here. Thank you for taking action.

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URGE MEDIA TO ARCHIVE ALL EXIT POLL RESULTS November 02, 2008 1:25 PM

From True Vote:

Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International will again conduct all exit polling in 2008 for the National Election Pool, comprised of ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, NBC and the Associated Press. Exit polls will involve polling more than 100,000 actual voters, remove sources of polling error and can be extremely accurate. In 2004 John Kerry was showing a 7 point lead in the unadjusted exit polls, but then on election night the computers were down for several hours and when they came back on-line a flip had occurred and Bush now narrowly led. This was not because of a change in the actual polling but because the exit polls had been "adjusted," i.e. "corrected" so as to conform to the vote count assuming that count was correct. Investigations into the election in Ohio later raised serious doubts about the accuracy of the actual vote.

Voters should be provided with the unadjusted exit polls and if adjustments are made to the final polls they should be explained publicly. Major media outlets are urged to archive all of the interim exit poll results to allow independent analysis later. Election integrity advocates must push for greater transparency since large-sample exit polls can and should be used be used to audit vote totals.

News and political divisions of the major networks must plan to archive all of the preliminary exit poll results since the overall survey will quickly be adjusted by the vendor to match the published vote totals, and will thus no longer be useful as an audit of the integrity of the vote totals.

Take action

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Tell the DoJ to Investigate voter intimidation in New Mexico October 31, 2008 3:12 PM

From CREDO:

Here at CREDO, we're paying close attention to potential voter suppression issues that could affect voters around the country. Today, we're writing to let you know about a problem in New Mexico that could lead to voters being disenfranchised.

The problem: Private investigators have been showing up at the doors of poor and Latino voters - asking them intimidating questions, insinuating that they don't have the right to vote.

Who's affected: New Mexican voters in good standing who have every right to go vote on Election Day - but who may not show up at the polls if they've been frightened in their own homes.

The solution:

1. E-mail Attorney General Mukasey - the Department of Justice is charged with stopping voter suppression and protecting every American's right to vote. A spokesman for the DOJ's civil rights division has said that they are "looking into" this problem, but that's not good enough. We need a serious investigation worthy of these insidious tactics.

2. Pass this site on to every New Mexico voter you know - with only days left till the election, we need to make sure that as many New Mexico voters as possible are educated about this problem so that if intimidators show up at their homes, they'll know the right thing to do: Shut the doors in their faces.

Thank you for working to protect our democracy.

To learn more, click here.

To take action, click here.

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Stop the Attacks on Community Organizations like ACORN October 31, 2008 3:04 PM

From Jobs with Justice:

When John McCain's presidential campaign began sinking in the polls, they looked for a scapegoat. They picked ACORN. ACORN has just helped 1.3 million low-income, minority, and young voters across the country register to vote. Click here to read more about about the registration drive and why the charges that the McCain campaign is making against them are outrageous.

...

McCain's attacks have to stop. They are wrong. These vicious attacks against ACORN threaten the work that ALL community organizations do, and the results for the hundreds of thousands of people that organizations like ours work with will be disastrous. We will have to suffer the consequences - to ACORN, to the communities in which we work, to our democracy - long after the election is over.

Click here to take action

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Don't let Bush suppress the vote in Ohio October 28, 2008 9:02 AM

From Credo Mobile:

This year, there are over 600,000 newly registered Ohio voters, but President Bush has asked Attorney General Mukasey to investigate as many as 200,000 of them. Why? Because Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner has refused to use an "exact match" standard before adding these voters to the rolls.

What is this "exact match" standard? Basically, it works like this: After you fill out your voter registration card, a local or state employee has to type in your information to add you to the voter rolls; then state authorities check to see that you really exist, usually by verifying your driver's license number or Social Security number. And as you can imagine, sometimes there are typos or other disparities when the information gets entered and matched - for example, if your last name is "De la Rosa" and it got entered as "Delarosa", you would fail to meet the exact match standard, and your registration form would be invalid.

Secretary Brunner has refused to use this standard on the grounds that it would erroneously deprive tens or even hundreds of thousands of Ohioans of their right to vote. The Ohio GOP sued her a month ago to try and get the courts to compel her to use the "exact match" standard, but the Supreme Court ruled that they had no standing to make that case.

Now, President Bush is trying to run around the Supreme Court by getting the Department of Justice to intervene. On Friday, October 24th, Bush reportedly asked Attorney General Mukasey to investigate whether as many as 200,000 voters need to reconfirm their registrations before November 4th. This is hugely problematic, for a couple of reasons:

1. Obviously, for 200,000 voters to reconfirm their registrations before Election Day would be a logistical nightmare for Secretary Brunner, for Ohio's county Boards of Elections, and for the voters themselves, most of whom would have to vote provisionally.
2. The only reason the Department of Justice has jurisdiction to intervene here is because of the Voting Rights Act, the entire purpose of which was to expand, not suppress, the right to vote. This action would be completely contrary to the spirit of that law.
3. New registrants tend to be young people as well as people who move around a lot - a particular problem in the midst of a foreclosure crisis. Imposing an exact match standard would create a second class of citizens when it comes to voting rights - a group of people who are far more likely than most to lose that right altogether.

President Bush is doing his best to further politicize the Department of Justice and suppress the rights of Ohio's voters, but Attorney General Mukasey doesn't have to bend to this insidious tactic. With the election only days away, the time to act is short - please sign this petition today to tell Mukasey to say no to President Bush's request. Ohio's voters are counting on you.

Take action NOW!

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PLEASE HELP ACORN STOP THE ATTACKS October 24, 2008 1:42 PM

John McCain's attack on ACORN is shaping up to be the most vicious of the 2008 election. The problem is, we will have to suffer the consequences - to ACORN, to the communities in which we work, to our democracy - long after the election is over. We need your help, and we need it now.

Please take a moment and add your name to our open letter to the McCain campaign, asking him to just stop. It will take millions of people, millions of voices to have an impact and your voice matters. Find out more here. See the letter below, and then add your name by completing the form. THANK YOU.

Sign here

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PROTECT THE ELECTIONS: TAKE THE PLEDGE OF ACTION October 23, 2008 6:04 PM

From CODEPINK:

I am taking a personal pledge of action to prevent another stolen election:

I remember Florida 2000 and Ohio 2004, and I am willing to take action in 2008 if the election is stolen again.

I support efforts to protect the right to vote leading up to and on Election Day, November 4th.

I pledge to join nationwide pro-democracy protests starting on November 5th, either in my community, in key states where fraud occurred, or in Washington, D.C..
(CODEPINK will be in touch with you to help organize actions if needed on this date--don't forget to check out 866ourvote.org for complete information on how to protect our elections!)

Sign the pledge

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Stop vote flipping in West Virginia October 23, 2008 5:34 PM

Do not be surprised if after you send this email you receive replies from elected officials - that just means they got your email.

The letter below will be sent to elected officials in West Virginia. This includes the Governor, Secretary of State, Senators and Members of Congress.

Take Action

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Protect Your Right to Vote Now October 21, 2008 4:00 PM

From the ACLU:

The right to vote is protected by more constitutional amendments than any other right we have -- the 1st, 14th, 15th, 19th, 24th and 26th. And yet, as history shows, it is threatened by misleading campaigns providing false election information, racially motivated voter suppression tactics, improper purging of voter roles, unfounded accusations of fraud and more.
Demand that the Department of Justice act to protect voting rights.

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Foreclosed? You can still vote? October 14, 2008 4:39 PM

From the National Campaign for Fair Elections:

As the New York Times explained in an editorial last week, partisans are compiling lists of voters who've lost their homes so they can argue to poll workers that the foreclosed individual no longer has a local address and cannot vote in that community.

Many of our state elections officials are already working hard to make sure every voter can cast their ballot, and we thank them. But we need your help to make sure that every official in every state is taking these critical steps:

* Widely advertise the law in their specific state, and let people who have lost their homes know how they can change their registration and vote.

* Properly train poll-workers so that they know the law, and make sure there are enough of them to handle the confusion that could arise at the polls.

* Remind local boards of election that the fact that a voter is involved in a foreclosure is not, by itself, sufficient basis for challenging his or her right to vote.

Election Day is just weeks away. We're running out of time - protect the right to vote by acting today!

Make sure YOUR state elections official is doing all she or he can to keep the mortgage crisis from turning into a democratic crisis. Send your letter today!

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Lose your home, lose your vote? September 18, 2008 9:31 AM

From ColorOfChange:

It's the most outrageous attack on voting rights we've ever seen--if you live in Michigan and you're in danger of losing your home to foreclosure, Republicans wi ll try and take away your right to vote. It's voter-suppression at its worst--taking advantage of hard times for political gain and kicking people while they're down.

McCain's response? Silence. Like Bush in 2000 and 2004, he's trying to keep a safe distance from these tactics, while benefiting from them. McCain could end this with a phone call. But he won't.

It's time to expose McCain's connection to this strategy. I've signed on with ColorOfChange.org to demand that McCain denounce these tactics. Will you join us? I t just takes a moment:

http://www.colorofchange.org/michigan08/?id=2062-183012

Similar tactics are being used across the country, but the McCain campaign simply sits in the background, quietly benefiting from voter suppression. The Obama ca mpaign is fighting against this plan in the courts, but they need our help to expose these dishonorable tactics and make this a national story.

If enough of us step up and connect the dots, we'll give the press a reason to make the connection between McCain and what's happening in Michigan. And as we've seen in our other campaigns, when we stand together behind a clear message, the press covers it and moves our message forward.

Calling on McCain to publicly reject these tactics is just the first step in ColorOfChange.org's campaign to publicly shame the Republican Party for attacking th e voting rights of struggling homeowners.

Please join us:

http://www.colorofchange.org/michigan08/?id=2062-183012

Thanks.


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Election Protection 2008 September 18, 2008 9:27 AM

From the National Campaign for Fair Elections:

I'm excited to announce that we have officially launched the Election Protection Hotline and website!

These tools - combined with our legal volunteers in the field - make Election Protection 2008 the most comprehensive voter services program in history.

As an Election Protection supporter, you know all too well how important that is. You know the challenges voters can face when they go to the polls.

That's why I have a favor to ask: will you make sure voters hear about these critical resources by asking the media to report on them?

Click here to tell the media to report and publicize the Election Protection Hotline and www.866OurVote.org, two crucial resources for voters.

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No More Abramoffs September 04, 2008 2:09 PM

Who can forget Jack Abramoff? The former Washington lobbyist, currently serving a prison term for his role in a corrupt Florida casino boat deal, is set to be sentenced tomorrow on charges of conspiracy, fraud and tax evasion.

Abramoff's sentencing reminds us what can happen when wealthy donors and special interests wield too much power in our political system.

Let's make sure that our elected officials put the public interest ahead of the big-money interests by supporting a system of Fair Elections.

Send a message to your member of Congress today – and we'll pass it on to all the candidates running in your district!

Under "Fair Elections" public financing, qualified candidates who agree to spending limits and stop taking special interest money can receive public funding to run a competitive race.

It means:

* A political system where candidates spend more time talking to voters, rather than wealthy corporations and private contributors;
* A level playing field for candidates running for office; and
* A government that works for us, not the special interests.

Please send a message in support of Fair Elections to your members of Congress today – and we'll pass it on to all the candidates running in your district!

Thanks for all you do,

Arn Pearson,
and the rest of the team at Common Cause

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PA Action Alert! August 26, 2008 4:24 PM

Dear Friends,

This past Sunday, McClatchy Newspapers published an article, "Warning on voting machines reveals oversight failure", by Greg Gordon. The article highlights that the Texas-based Premier Election Solutions (formerly Diebold) has recently admitted to a "problem in tabulations software affecting all of its 19 models dating back a decade" and that a laboratory testing system, which assisted in the sale of these machines, "failed for years to detect an array of flaws in $1.5 billion worth of voting equipment sold nationwide since 2003."

This "election computer glitch" could seriously alter election results in entire precincts.

Premier Election Solutions has made this admission as it faces a new lawsuit from the State of Ohio seeing to recover millions of dollars in taxpayer funds used to purchase the company's electronic voting machines. The admission underscores something we've known since we started our investigative research and litigation in 2005. And, it further demonstrates the need for us to take action to protect the integrity of this November's election.

There are still many things you can do to protect the vote this November.

Pennsylvania


The primaries provided us with a clear view of where we need to focus our efforts to support a meaningful voting process this November. Following up from our efforts in the Pennsylvania April primary, Voter Action and a coalition of voting rights groups are continuing to press the Pennsylvania Department of State and county Boards of Election to prepare and administer uniform policies for issuing and counting emergency ballots when voting machines malfunction on Election Day.

We need your help, especially given the unprecedented numbers of voters registering all over the state and the high vulnerability of the election systems in place. We all must demand that the Pennsylvania Secretary of State immediately issue a directive to all Pennsylvania counties, requiring the following:

  • Emergency paper ballots must be offered to voters as soon as at least half of the voting machines in a precinct are not functioning;

  • Emergency paper ballots must be clearly distinguished from provisional and other ballots;

  • Emergency paper ballots must be treated and counted as regular (not provisional) paper ballots;

  • Counties must properly train all their poll workers in these procedures.
Please call and/or email today the election officials below and demand that they establish mandatory and clear standards across the state for the allocation of emergency paper ballots on Election Day.

Secretary of State
Pedro Cortes

717-787-6458
emangual@state.pa.us


Bureau of Elections Commissioner
Chet Harhut

717-787-5280
ra-bcel@state.pa.us

Please also call your county election officials, and demand they follow these procedures and require that their poll workers be thoroughly trained in these procedures. You can find your county contact information at http://www.votespa.com. For Philadelphia call the Chair of the City Commissioners, Margaret M. Tartaglione, (215) 686-3460.

To send a prepared email, click here.
View Voter Action's press release issuing our joint call on the Pennsylvania Secretary of State.

Calling for these standards is essential, to ensure that all voters have an equal right to vote and have our votes counted on Election Day. Thank you!

Sincerely,

Holly Jacobson
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We Demand an Investigation of Voting Systems Companies August 21, 2008 5:36 PM

From Voters Unite:

New evidence revealed in Dan Rather Reports' "The Trouble with Touch Screens" (Part 1 | Part 2) suggests that voting systems at the very heart of our democracy are deeply flawed and unreliable.

Trust in our elections is critical to our democracy.

Sign the petition below to call on the United States Congress to conduct a full investigation into the dangers associated with the privatization of our public elections.

Learn more

Take action


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Help Hold Congress Accountable at the Conventions August 21, 2008 11:37 AM

From Public Citizen:

Efforts are already underway to ensure that big money doesn’t win undo influence over Congress. The Fair Elections Now Act would create a voluntary public financing system for Congressional races so candidates don’t have to rely on big donors. Candidates are signing the Voters First Pledge.

But when money can buy corporations and other big donors exclusive access to our elected officials, ordinary voters get left out of the conversation. Until the loophole that allows unlimited contributions to convention host committees is closed, elected officials attending the conventions must commit to honoring existing ethics laws and stay away from corporate sponsored parties and events.

With enough pressure from citizens, we can make sure that big money isn’t the only voice our elected officials hear at the conventions this summer.

Tell Congress to put voters first! Urge your members of Congress to stay away from big money at the conventions and honor our campaign finance and ethics laws.

Take action

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Call on the Senate to make campaign contribution info available online August 05, 2008 4:38 PM

From Open the Government:

Candidates for the House of Representatives and President have been filing contribution reports electronically for years, but the Senate still allows candidates to file paper reports with the Secretary of the Senate. After receiving the reports, the Secretary of the Senate delivers the reports in paper to the FEC, who then must input them into their computer databases to be accessed by the public online. As a result of the delay, donors can bundle contributions in the final, critical weeks of a campaign - providing the funds necessary for last minute negative attack ads or push polls - with absolute anonymity.

The Senate is considering a bill, S.233, that would require candidates for the Senate to file reports electronically. The bill is widely supported by Senators on both sides of the aisle.

Senator John Ensign (R-NV) is attempting to hold up passage, however, by insisting on attaching a poison-pill amendment that requires outside groups filing ethics complaints to reveal their sources of funding. This provision would constitute an unconstitutional burden on charities, religious bodies and non-profits attempting to ensure the operation of an honest and clean government.

To strengthen campaign finance disclosure, the Senate must vote against the Ensign amendment and then vote to pass S. 223. We need your help in identifying where senators stand on both the bill itself and the Ensign amendment.

Go to http://Pass223.com to urge the Senate to pass this bill without any amendments. The site leads you through simple steps on how to do it. Then you can report back on the site and let everyone know how the call went.

Thanks for your support on this important effort to bring greater transparency to the Senate.


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Karl Rove: Guilty of Voter Intimidation August 05, 2008 4:17 PM

From the Secretary of State Project:

In 2004, Justice Department lawyers started getting strange instructions from Washington -- crack down on voter registration drives in urban areas. The idea was to harass progressive organizations and keep poor and minority citizens from getting to the polls.

Many Justice Department lawyers, Republicans and Democrats alike, balked at these unscrupulous orders. They refused to carry out a partisan witch hunt. In return for their disobedience, Washington started cracking down on THEM -- firing a host of them and passing up others for promotion, in what came to be known as the U.S. Attorneys Scandal.

Who gave the vote-suppression orders in the first place? A long trail of evidence indicates that Karl Rove cooked up and executed the whole scheme. To uncover the truth, the House of Representatives has launched an investigation, and asked Rove to testify. He has repeatedly disobeyed Congress's subpoenas, in violation of the law.

The House of Representatives is now considering a measure to hold Rove in contempt of Congress. If found guilty, he could go to jail. By holding Rove in contempt, we'll send a loud and clear signal to all Bush's cronies -- America's elections must be free and fair. Voter suppression will not be tolerated.

Join the hundreds of thousands who have urged the House of Representatives to take a stand against Rove and his dirty tricks.

Take Action here

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Wal-Mart telling employees how to vote this November - Take Action August 01, 2008 4:06 PM

From American Rights at Work:

According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, Wal-Mart has been threatening employees that if they vote for pro-worker candidates like Barack Obama in November, the Employee Free Choice Act will pass, making it easier to form unions in Wal-Mart stores.

Telling employees how to vote in a U.S. election is not only morally reprehensible, it's potentially illegal.

Sign on to our petition to the Federal Election Commission asking for an investigation into Wal-Mart’s potential electioneering.  Then please tell your friends and family about what's going on.

Send your message here
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Save Zimbabwe from Mugabe June 24, 2008 12:04 PM

From Avaaz.org:

In elections this March, the people of Zimbabwe sent a clear message: Morgan Tsvangirai, not Robert Mugabe, should lead their government.

Since then, through a campaign of violence, fraud, and intimidation, Mugabe's government has undermined any hope for a legitimate run-off on June 27. The MDC has, appropriately, withdrawn. But this is not a concession of victory -- it is an acknowledgment of reality.

Now, the world's eyes turn to the leaders of Southern Africa -- without whom even Mugabe cannot retain power. Please sign on to this message to Thabo Mbeki and other Southern African leaders, and Avaaz will deliver it this week in newspaper ads throughout the region (click the image on right to see a mock-up)!

Petition to Thabo Mbeki and other leaders of Southern Africa:

We call on you to hold an emergency meeting of Southern African leaders, to work by all means necessary for a legitimate Zimbabwean government that reflects the will of its people, and to decisively isolate those who stand in the way of a peaceful, democratic future for Zimbabwe.


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Make your vote matter June 12, 2008 7:13 PM

From Common Cause:

Do you think that the candidate for president who gets the most votes should be the winner?

I sure do. And that's why I want to let you know about an exciting new plan Common Cause is working on to ensure that we elect the president using the National Popular Vote.

Please sign our petition today to help pass this simple but crucial reform.

Four times in our history, (most recently in 2000) the Electoral College has sent a second-place candidate to the White House. This almost happened again in 2004 and some pollsters are already predicting it could happen again in 2008.

Under the current system, presidential candidates campaign hard in only about 12 to 15 states and listen to those voters' concerns. They virtually ignore voters in the rest of the country who live in so-called "safe" states that are certain to go for one party or the other.

The National Popular Vote plan (NPV) would create a binding agreement among states that guarantees the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It would only take effect once it is enacted by states that possess a majority of the electoral votes.

We need your help! Pleae sign the petition today, and we'll deliver the signatures to your state legislature!

So far, four states have adopted the NPV plan (Maryland, New Jersey, Hawaii, and Illinois) and it has passed through at least one legislative body in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.

Let's keep the momentum going!  Thanks for all you do.

Sincerely,

Derek Cressman,
and the rest of the team at Common Cause

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Time for a quick call? June 10, 2008 4:54 PM

During this primary season, 6,000 voters made calls to our hotline for help with problems at the polls.

On their behalf, I'm asking you to make just 1 call - to Congress, demanding progress on legislation to protect voters. We're running out of time to ensure a fair election in November - so please, call today!  

Here's what to do:

1. Dial toll-free 1-866-459-1220.  You'll be asked to key in your zip code, choose which Senator you want to call first, and then you'll be forwarded to your Senator's office.

2. Identify yourself as a constituent and ask to leave a comment for your Senator.

3. Urge your member to support and work to pass the Caging Prohibition Act (S. 2305) and the Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act (S 453) in time for November's election.

4. Once you've hung up, click here to report your call back to us so we can include you in our running tally.  Don't skip this step - it's critical to our efforts!

With your help, we made sure Congress saw the 2008 Election Protection Primaries Report and learned about voters being intimidated in recent primaries. They also learned that we're not talking about isolated episodes.  This is a nationwide problem, with bad apples across the country damaging American democracy for everyone.

If there were problems when roughly 60 million people voted during the primaries, what is going to happen when more than 100 million Americans show up at the polls in a contentious election less than 6 months from now?

This is just not acceptable in the United States of America, the world's guiding light of democracy.  If there are mass problems on November 4, it will only feed the cynicism that this historic campaign was supposed to cure.

Call the Capitol (1-866-459-1220) and insist that your Senators support these two essential pieces of legislation.  Then click here and let us know that you've made your voice heard.

Thank you for your continued commitment to this cause.

Sincerely,

Jonah Goldman

Director,
National Campaign for Fair Elections
Legal Leader of the Election Protection Coalition
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2008 Election Protection Primary Report May 20, 2008 1:15 PM

From the National Campaign for Fair Elections:

41,477,806 votes cast. 1,600 legal volunteers on the ground. 10 primary states with comprehensive voter support. And now, after a primary season - and an Election Protection program - for the record books: 1 critical Election Protection Primary Report.

This report doesn't just recount a few glitches here and there. It analyzes systemic problems and proposes practical solutions - solutions that Congress needs to hear.

Make sure Congress hears about the problems that plagued the 2008 primaries, and acts to make sure even worse problems - like voter deception and intimidation - don't result in catastrophe in November.

Send your members of Congress the Election Protection Primary Report today!

Click here to take action

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Sign PFAW's petition against brudensome voter ID laws May 20, 2008 11:43 AM

Text of petition:
Dear Secretary of State:

As the state’s top election official, you have the ability to thwart legislative attacks on the right to vote by educating the public as well as lawmakers, and leveraging your influence in the state capitol.

Please do everything in your power to defeat burdensome requirements on voters to produce specific, government-issued IDs in order to exercise their right to vote.

Sincerely,
Sign here

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Petition against anti-voting laws May 15, 2008 12:01 PM

From Democracy for America:

Republicans can't win elections based on their failed philosophies, so, they've latched onto a new plan: make it as hard and expensive as possible for people to exercise their constitutionally protected right to vote.

Since the Supreme Court decided two weeks ago to uphold a draconian law in Indiana that requires citizens show a government issued photo ID to vote, Republican legislatures across the country have started moving fast to pass their own version of this horrible law.

And just like the poll taxes and literacy tests of the past, Republicans hide their real purpose under the banner of preventing possible voter fraud. But these laws are really about stopping senior citizen, low income, and newly registered Americans from voting. Why? Because they typically vote for Democrats.

We must stand together and protect every American's right to vote.

SIGN THE PETITION NOW

Already 19 states are rushing to pass anti-voting laws. And just this week, Missouri Republicans started taking it a step further. A photo ID isn't good enough; they want you to show your birth certificate or passport in the polling booth too.

What's next? Require a blood sample? Maybe a lock of hair? Or some of your DNA?

Republicans claim this is about national security. They have no proof, but illegal immigrants might be trying to vote. On the other hand, just last week in Indiana's primary, as many as 12 nuns were denied their right to vote because they didn't have government issued photo-ids. That’s right; evidently Republican's are protecting our democracy from our biggest threat: nuns without ids.

Together, we have the power to stop this assault on our right to vote.

TAKE ACTION AND SIGN THE PETITION NOW

This is just the beginning. We will deliver the petition to elected Democrats in legislatures around the country. Armed with the support of the nation behind them, they'll have the power to stand up to this Republican backdoor power grab.

Together, we are building a coalition to beat anti-voter laws in Missouri and beyond. And in the days ahead, we'll demand Governors in every state make their position public. Will they side with the American people and protect our sacred right to vote or will they help George Bush and Republicans lead an assault on our democracy?

With your help, we will defend American freedom and protect the right to vote. Thank you for everything you do.

-Jim

Jim Dean
Chair


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Tell Congress to get serious about fair elections May 09, 2008 4:36 PM

Fromthe National Campaign for Fair Elections:

On Tuesday, a group of retired nuns in South Bend, Indiana were turned away from a polling place by sisters from their own convent because, at 80 and 90 years of age, they no longer have the photo ID’s required by an Indiana law recently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The story has received a lot of attention but the truth is, the problem with our elections isn’t voter fraud. It’s the barriers that have been erected to the ballot box, both intentionally and unintentionally, like deception and intimidation, under-trained poll workers, defective voter registration systems, and breakdowns in election machinery. It’s time for Congress to get serious about fair elections – and get to work.

Tell your members of congress to address the real problems with our democracy by supporting The Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act, and the Caging Prohibition Act.

Click here to take action


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Who's watching the store? May 02, 2008 10:06 AM

From Common Cause:

There is currently no enforcement of campaign finance laws in our country. During what will surely be the most expensive election in history, no one is watching the store.

Yes, you read that right. It's bad enough that hundreds of millions of dollars are flowing into the Presidential and Congressional races from special interests with strings attached, but what's worse is that no one is watching to make sure they're following the rules.

Why? Because the White House is insisting on a controversial nominee to the Federal Election Commission (FEC). The FEC is responsible for policing political fundraising and spending during federal elections.

Tell the Senate and the President to get the FEC running again!

This week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) asked the White House to drop their controversial candidate so the Senate could vote on the rest of the nominees to the FEC. The candidate in question, Hans von Spakovsky, is unanimously opposed by civil rights and labor groups because of his previous work at the Department of Justice, where he helped promote increasingly restrictive rules for voters.

The Republican leadership in the Senate has refused to let the Senate vote on the individual nominees, insisting they be voted on as a package – making it easier to confirm this guy. Until the Senate confirms the commissioners, the FEC cannot do anything.

Without an FEC, independent groups – like Swift Boat Veterans for Truth – will be able to raise and spend money without worrying about breaking the rules – making it easier for them to run TV ads that confuse voters about the candidates and the issues.

Tell the Senate that it is a national embarrassment that the FEC isn't working during an election year!

Thanks for all you do to get big money out of politics.


Sincerely,

Bob Edgar,
and the rest of the team at Common Cause

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Demand that the media pay attention to problems at the polls April 17, 2008 6:06 PM

From the National Campaign for Fair Elections:


Hello, I'm Stacie Miller, the new Communications Director here working hard to get our message out to the press, but I need your help.  

During the primaries, many of your fellow citizens were unable to vote because of improperly trained poll workers, a broken machine, or because they were illegally asked for ID, but you probably didn't hear about it from mainstream media.

Instead, cable news outlets are filling their air time with horserace coverage, "gotcha" games and talking heads.

You can help make sure the leading news outlets cover problems at the polls BEFORE the critical Pennsylvania primary!


Send Election Protection's newly released Primary Report to CNN, Fox, and MSNBC now, and tell them to cover the problems at the polls that prevent Americans from casting a ballot!


Record voter turnout throughout this year clearly shows that Americans are energized to go to the polls. Unfortunately, our election infrastructure - poll workers, voting machines, registration rolls - is not strong enough to handle this level of enthusiasm and participation.

The 2008 Election Protection Primary report details the problems that could lead to widespread disenfranchisement this election season - and what Election Protection did to help. It's stunning to realize that for every problem we responded to, there were dozens that went unreported.

It's the biggest story of the primary season that's not been reported. With Pennsylvania voting on Tuesday, what better time to let the cable news giants know that you're tired of hearing about the newest poll, ad, or gaffe?

Click here to send them the Election Protection report and tell them that responsible journalism demands that they cover this important story about the state of our democracy.

The challenge now is to make the necessary fixes in preparation for a massive turnout in November. We can only do it with aggressive media coverage that shines a spotlight on the unfair obstacles faced by millions of Americans when they go to cast their ballots.

Thank you for your support, and when you're done, please help us spread the word. Forward this alert to your friends and family, and urge them to contact the networks as well.

Sincerely,

Stacie Miller

Communications Director,
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Legal Leader of the Election Protection Coalition
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Make Zimbabwe's elections count April 10, 2008 4:26 PM

Petition from Avaaz.org:
Petition to Robert Mugabe, Thabo Mbeki, and world leaders: We sign to support the democratic and human rights of the people of Zimbabwe. Election results must be released immediately, verified independently, and--if approved as legitimate--accepted by all parties. If a run-off is required, it should be monitored by international observers and be kept free of violence, fraud, and intimidation. World leaders, including South African President Thabo Mbeki, should do all they can to ensure a just result.
Click here to sign
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Malfunctioning Sequoia Voting Machines! March 21, 2008 4:27 PM

From Velvet Revolution: Sequoia's AVC Advantage touch-screen machines mis-tallied vote totals across at least six different counties in New Jersey's February 5th Presidential Primary Election. During a post-election canvass, officials discovered that the number of voters for each party, as reported by the internal printouts on the electronic voting machines, failed to match totals on the internal memory cards inside the same systems. When NJ Governor Corzine tried to vote on the Sequoia machines, they would not boot up. http://www.bradblog.com/?p=5814 NJ's state clerks association voted unanimously to recommend that the Attorney General commission an independent study of the machines--- the same ones which will be used across the state of Pennsylvania in next month's key Democratic Primary Election. Last week, the statewide clerks' association decided to hire Princeton Computer Scientist Ed Felten, who made national headlines two years ago when he demonstrated how a computer virus could alter the result on Diebold voting machines. VelvetRevolution provided those Diebold machines to Felton. When Sequoia found out about the plan to analyze their machines, its VP of Compliance/Quality/Certification, Edwin Smith, threatened Felten and Union County's plan. The strong-arm email sent to professors Felten and Andrew Appel was apparently accompanied by a two-page letter to Union County, New Jersey Clerk Joanne Rajoppi who originally discovered a tally failure in Sequoia's AVC Advantage touch-screen voting machines after the February 5th Super Tuesday election. Fear of a lawsuit from Sequoia, which will also control the state's elections in an upcoming June primary, as well as the November general election, has led county attorneys to back down from their plans for the time being, unless the state Attorney General jumps in to take action. “We're not going to proceed and invite a lawsuit," said Norman Albert, first deputy counsel in Union County. Rutgers University law professor, Penny Venitas stated, "We shouldn't have a corporation dictating how elections are run in the state," Venetis said. "If an elected official believes there was an anomaly and the matter has to be investigated, then the official should be able to consult with computer experts without interference." Livermore Laboratory's computer scientist David Jefferson said."We have only a matter of weeks before the Pennsylvania primary in which the same machines will be used in Philadelphia, and only a few months more until the general election," Jefferson wrote. "This bug (and any others discovered) must be fixed." He went on to point out that New Jersey's Attorney General Ann Milgram "currently holds certification authority comparable to [Secretaries of State] in other states," and that she could order such an independent technical review, but that she has not done so to date. She "seems disinclined to," according to the scientist who has worked on a number of state e-voting studies across the country. Well, let’s make sure that Attorney General Ann Milgram is inclined to order an investigation of these fallible vote machines. Send her an email at http://www.nj.gov/lps/formmail.htm And let Sequoia know here what you think about its bullying strong-arm tactics. info@sequoiavote.com. Thanks! VR ___________________________________________________________________________ * In the meantime, VR has offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the malfunctioning Sequoia voting machines. We have also asked for a Sequoia machine so we can have it analyzed ourselves.  [ send green star]
 
Support the Fair Elections Now Act March 17, 2008 1:10 PM

Although I have a disclaimer on the home page regarding the similar names of this group and the bill in Congress, I am pointing out (for any legal purposes), that there is no connection between the two--aside from the fact that I think it's a good idea. Now that that's out of the way, the Petition Site has a new petition calling for the support of this bill by geting big money out of campaigns and calling for public financing. Sign here  [ send green star]
 
A primary season for the record books March 12, 2008 6:39 PM

From the National Campaign for Fair Elections: Unfortunately it has become clear elections officials around the country didn't anticipate such a massive turnout either. During the primary season Election Protection has assisted over 5,000 voters - over 1,000 on March 4 alone - who reported incidents of intimidation, long lines, registration problems, and poorly trained poll-workers. Thanks to over 800 legal volunteers - including 200 on March 4 - and thousands of online activists like you who backed them up, the 2008 primary season has been a success for Election Protection. But it was also a warning sign for November. Don't wait until it's too late - tell your state elections official to begin preparing TODAY! On March 4, hundreds of voters in Ohio and Texas arrived at the polls only to be told their names were misprinted or not on the rolls. In Texas, long lines left hundreds unable to vote. When a polling place in Cleveland ran out of paper ballots, poll workers handed out ballots with the wrong congressional district on them. In Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Election Protection mobile legal volunteers worked closely with poll workers to solve problems because the county board of elections' hotline was jammed all day. Election Protection was there to respond. Now we need your help to prepare for November. Proper training for poll workers and sufficient numbers of ballots and polling places are essential to fair elections - take action today! Make sure your state is prepared for Election Day 2008. Write your state elections official today. We can't afford to have states wait any longer to prepare for fair and efficient elections. We need your help. Tell your chief elections official to start preparing today! Thank you for all that you do to protect voters. Sincerely, Jonah Goldman Director, National Campaign for Fair Elections Legal Leader of the Election Protection Coalition  [ send green star]
 
100,000 Votes Uncounted in California! February 25, 2008 12:30 PM

From Velvet Revolution: On Super Tuesday in Los Angeles, the ballot provided to non-partisan voters required that two bubbles be filled out rather than one required for partisan voters. The ballot and the officials in the polling places caused such confusion that nearly 100,000 non-partisan votes have been uncounted because both bubbles were not filled out. The elections officials are now saying that they cannot count the votes because they cannot with certainty determine the voters’ intent. This is wrong since most of the voters voted for a particular presidential candidate. Attorneys from the Courage Campaign, a VR affiliate, sent a three-page letter to the LA County Board of Supervisors calling for all ballots to be counted, in response to Logan's report claiming it would be "impossible." That letter is here [PDF], and includes this notable graf: In response to the Florida electoral fiasco in 2000, California voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 43 on March 5, 2002 which amended Article II of the California Constitution as follows: A voter who casts a vote in an election in accordance with the laws of this State shall have that vote counted. Further, state law clearly states that when reviewing votes and voting systems, Election Code requirements "shall be liberally construed so that the real will of the electors will not be defeated by any informality or failure to comply with all of the provisions of the law." (See Cal. Elec. Code Sec. 19001.) The group has created an online petition calling on the LA Supervisor of Elections to count every vote. Nearly 40,000 people have signed the petition and VR urges all of our members to do so and pass this petition to others. Every vote should be counted.  [ send green star]
 
Tell NBC To Put All Remaining Candidates Back In The Debates January 13, 2008 2:33 PM

Elections should be decided by the people, not the media. The treatment that Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel have received from ABC and NBC (as well as the treatment Ron Paul has received from Fox) is unbecoming of a democracy. Please click below to demand that the media include every last candidate running for the presidency in upcoming debates. http://www.usalone.com/nbc_debates.php  [ send green star]
 
Pledge to vote in your state's primary/caucus January 09, 2008 2:49 PM

Don't fall for the corporate media's drivel about the nominees for each major party having been chosen. Forty-eight states still need to make their decisions. Pledge to make your voice heard when your state has its turn. (My state primary will not be held until May, but I still intend to cast my vote.)
I pledge to participate in the process of choosing the presidential nominees from my state in 2008.
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Demand the inclusion of ALL presidential candidates in the debates January 03, 2008 3:40 PM

Because this group is dedicated to fair elections, it is only fair that we demand the inclusion of all presidential candidates during this weekend's debates on ABC and Fox. Yesterday, "Democracy Now!" reported that ABC has cut Dennis Kucinich, Mike Gravel, Chris Dodd, and Joe Biden from the upcoming debate. The report also stated that Republican candidate Ron Paul has been cut from the Sunday's debate on Fox. Click here to demand fair play for Kucinich, Gravel, etc. Click here to demand fair play for Ron Paul. Both actions are through IndependentPrimary.com.  [ send green star]
 
Another action on the Thought Crimes Bill December 20, 2007 3:29 PM

Earlier this month, I posted an announcement regarding the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act (aka the Thought Crimes Bill). Today, the People's Email Network (PEN) sent out an alert to send to your senators, as well as your local paper. If you are not on their mailing list, please take action at the link below. http://www.usalone.com/s1959.php  [ send green star]
 
Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Act still not passed! December 13, 2007 4:22 PM

Congress is about to recess for the year, and the Senate has yet to vote on the Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Act. It is crucial that senators hear from their constituents on this issue. If you have taken action, then please forward the following message to as many people as possible. If you have not taken action yet, now is your chance to do so. Afterward, please spread the word!

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Pop quiz: which of the following statements is true?
A.If you already voted in any election this year, you can't vote in the Presidential Election. B.If anybody in your family has ever been found guilty of anything you can't vote in the Presidential Election. C. If you violate any of these laws, you can get 10 years in prison and your children will be taken away from you. D. None of the above.
If you said "D. None of the above," you are correct. Shockingly, voters in Wisconsin and elsewhere received fliers stating all of the above and other deceptive information designed to keep them away from the polls. These are just a few of thousands of instances of deceptive practices and voter intimidation we've documented. It's a big problem - and it requires a big solution. Will you help me pressure the U.S. Senate to support the Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act? Sign the petition to stop deceptive practices at the polls today. Without your voice, 2008 could mean more of the same - Americans pressured to change their vote, given the wrong information about their polling place, or physically threatened when trying to vote. In 2008, the National Campaign for Fair Elections will lead the Election Protection coalition to stop these abuses. But shouldn't Congress do something to stop them - before they start? Take action to help us stop deceptive practices today. While Congress is busy debating other issues, we're building a movement to protect our democratic way of life. Don't let them ignore fair elections any longer. Sincerely, Jonah Goldman Director, National Campaign for Fair Elections Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law  [ send green star]
 
 December 06, 2007 3:36 PM

From WhiteHouseForSale.org: The 2008 presidential candidates are engaged in never-ending race for campaign contributions – relying more than ever on bundlers and big donors, who attain special access and plum appointments as reward for their support. It was not always like this. For years, the presidential public funding system worked to level the playing field by setting limits on campaign spending and prevented candidates from becoming indebted to major contributors. Since the Bush/Gore race in 2000, it has failed as an alternative to big special interest money because it has not kept up with the costs of modern campaigns. Champions of fair elections in both houses of Congress have introduced the “Presidential Funding Act of 2007” to update the system. This legislation would make the funding system a viable alternative in today’s political environment. Please take a minute to add your own words to the letter below and tell your members of Congress to co-sponsor and help pass the fix for funding presidential elections. Click here to take action  [ send green star]
 
Support the Caging Prohibition Act of 2007 November 15, 2007 4:23 PM

From the National Campaign for Fair Elections: Yesterday, Bulloch County officials notified Georgia Election Protection leader Charles Lester about the withdrawal of all challenges against student voters in Statesboro, Georgia! The challenges were withdrawn, but the problem remains: Statesboro Citizens for Good Government, a group of only four Statesboro residents, were able to effectively suppress student turnout. According to the Associated Press, more than 60% of the challenged voters did not show up at the polls. The Caging Prohibition Act would make these blanket challenges illegal. Call your Senator at 1-866-459-1220 and tell them to pass the bill as soon as possible! It's easy - just call our Hotline at 1-866-459-1220: 1. Enter your zip code, and we will connect you to your Senators. Congress will be leaving for recess Friday afternoon - make sure they hear from you today! 2. Tell the staffer who answers your call that:
  • As a constituent, I care about free and fair elections, and stand firmly against unfair practices that suppress voters - like "voter caging."
  • I have heard about a recent instance of voter caging in Statesboro, GA that unfairly blocked and discouraged hundreds of student votes, and I am deeply concerned.
  • Voter caging has gone on for too long. That's why I support new legislation, introduced by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, called the Caging Prohibition Act of 2007. We must act now to protect voters ahead the 2008 elections.
3. Tell us how your call went! Click here to let us know if you got through to your representatives.  [ send green star]
 
Tell Congress to put an end to caging November 06, 2007 3:17 PM

On election day in Statesboro, GA, hundreds of legitimate votes could be tossed out! In Statesboro, GA, some local residents are trying to swing the outcome of the election in their favor by challenging - without legitimate cause - the voting rights of college students. The Georgia Secretary of State's Office says it has never seen so many registration disputes. Baseless challenges of residency is a voter suppression tactic, and students are an easy target. New legislation can protect voters from this unfair practice-- show your support TODAY. Sign our petition in favor of the Caging Prohibition Act. http://www.nationalcampaignforfairelections.org/page/s/cpa  [ send green star]
 
Another anti-suppression petition October 30, 2007 4:39 PM

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/143226702?z00m=10930395  [ send green star]
 
Oppose voter suppression October 18, 2007 2:46 PM

From ColorOfChange: For far too long, the Republican party has suppressed the votes of Black folks and other minorities, while the Democratic party has stood by and done nothing. Now, President Bush and his allies in the Senate want to give Hans von Spakovsky -- the architect of some of the worst voter-suppression schemes in the last decade -- a six-year appointment to the Federal Election Commission (FEC). It's a slap in the face to Black voters and anyone who cares about democracy. Can you tell your senators to reject von Spakovsky's nomination? It takes only a moment: http://www.colorofchange.org/vonspak  [ send green star]
 
Call Nancy Pelosi And Tell Her to Vote No On The Holt DRE Bill July 12, 2007 6:29 PM

If the Holt Bill cannot be amended to ban DREs outright, then it should be voted down. Paper trails alone will not solve the problem of election fraud--especially with a large percentage of voters not even double-checking their votes on such machines. Even if Nancy Pelosi is not your rep, she is, the Speaker of the House. It is important that she hear from as many people as possible. (202) 225-4965  [ send green star]
 
TELL CONGRESS TO MAKE THE BAN ON TOUCH SCREEN VOTING July 10, 2007 5:30 PM

Take action here: http://www.usalone.com/ban_dre.php Check current and archived posts in this group for more info on DRE machines.  [ send green star]
 
DC Voting Rights Act June 27, 2007 9:56 AM

It is important that the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2007 (S. 1257) be brought up for a vote before the end of the summer; however, enough senators must announce public support in order for this to happen. Call your senatorand ask where s/he stands on the bill. If s/he supports it, please urge her/him to voice public support so that the vote may happen. Capitol switchboard: (202) 224-3121  [ send green star]
 
Senate Rules Committee to vote on Fair Elections Now Act June 19, 2007 3:26 PM

From CleanUpWashington.org:
The Fair Elections Now Act is making progress in Congress in a Senate hearing scheduled for Wednesday, June 20, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. EST – the first congressional hearing in more than a decade on publicly funded elections. Ordinary voters are being drowned out by corporate and wealthy special interests that co-opt our elected officials and raid the treasury for earmarks and tax breaks. The result is policy for Big Pharma, Big Oil and Wall Street. We can change all that.
Take action now!
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 April 12, 2007 5:05 PM

Did you know that the residents of Washington, DC do not have representation in Congress? Their only voice is a non-voting delegate. If you can be in DC this Monday (16 April), please march to change this unfair standard. More information at VotingRightsMarch.org  [ send green star]
 
Support the Fair Elections Now Act March 20, 2007 4:10 PM

Click here for a summary of the legislation. If you agree with its objectives, click here to become a citizen co-sponsor.  [ send green star]
 
IN vote-by-mail bill needs work March 15, 2007 12:31 PM

Dear Jessica, We believe that voting should be as simple, convenient and as fair as possible. Voting by mail has worked in Oregon and Washington and other states are considering it. Recently, a vote-by-mail bill was approved in the Indiana House requiring the state to conduct all elections by mail after 2012. That's great. But we are concerned that a critical piece of the legislation - a task force overseeing the transition to vote-by-mail - does not include representatives from outside the government. We need you to tell your state senator to support vote-by-mail legislation and to make sure representatives of voters' groups, disability groups and others are included in the Vote by Mail Transition Team. Please call committee chair Sen. Connie Lawson and subcommittee chair Sen. Sue Landske and urge them to hold a hearing on Vote by Mail legislation. Then call your state Senator and ask them to support the bill with an amendment to include voter representatives on the transition team. You can contact your state senator at 317-232-9400 or 1-800-382-9467. Please let us know when you call by sending an email to smiller [at] commoncauseindiana.org Thank you for your help. Julia Vaughn Policy Director Common Cause Indiana Source: Common Cause Indiana email (15 March 2007)  [ send green star]
 
Amend the Holt bill February 22, 2007 5:50 PM

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 February 02, 2007 5:24 PM

Tell your elected officials to support legislation that would make public financing a viable option for presidential hopefuls. http://www.just6dollar.org/support-legislation  [ send green star]
 
 January 31, 2007 5:49 PM

Tell your senators to support Barack Obama's bill against voter suppression. According to People for the American Way, starting in 2008, this bill would
* Make it a federal crime to communicate false information about the time or place of voting, the voting eligibility of any voter, or the party affiliation or endorsements of any candidate * Allow any person or voter who has been harmed by false statements immediately preceding a federal election to obtain an injunction stopping the deceptive practices * Require the U.S. Attorney General to investigate every claim of deceptive practices, and submit a public report on all claims to Congress * Require the Attorney General to ensure the immediate release of corrective information in affected communities
Contact your senators
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 January 29, 2007 8:20 AM

Rep. Rush Holt's (D-NJ) bill is a good start, but it needs work. Sign this petition calling for amendments. (Full information is also at this link.) http://www.wethepatriots.org/  [ send green star]
 
 January 18, 2007 9:41 AM

Tell your rep to co-sponsor Rush Holt's "paper trail" bill. http://tinyurl.com/37dlgk  [ send green star]
 
 January 15, 2007 5:10 PM

Please join more than 40 non-partisan Election Integrity organizations who have signed the following letter demanding that Congress enact legislation requiring a paper ballot for every vote cast. Problems throughout the 2006 primary and general elections have made it clear that only a paper ballot -- not a "paper trail", nor a "paper record" -- will begin to help re-establish confidence in our tattered electoral system. We've made it simple for you to do. Just fill out the form via... http://www.velvetrevolution.us/Campaigns/PaperBallots  [ send green star]
 
Sign the REQUEST BY VOTERS December 30, 2006 5:11 PM

Please distribute. You've been asking us for what you can DO to help fix our broken election system. Here's your chance: Please read the letter below, concerning the urgent need to amend the Holt Bill. PLEASE SIGN ON by sending an e-mail to patriotism@earthlink.net so that your name can be added to this letter when sent to members of the U.S. Congress. Agree to add your name to the letter here: patriotism@earthlink.netInclude your full name, if you represent an organization please include the name of it; and make sure to include your address, city, county, state. Click here for text of letter and more information.  [ send green star]
 
 December 23, 2006 6:19 PM

Give Yourself The Gift Of PAPER BALLOTS http://www.velvetrevolution.us/Campaigns/PaperBallots/PaperBallots.php  [ send green star]
 
 December 14, 2006 5:44 PM

End the Scandals, Empower Voters -- Support Clean Elections Reform DeLay and Abramoff were just the beginning. New scandals involving the rotten triangle of special interest lobbyists, wealthy donors, and our elected officials continue to break while we pay the price for this "pay-to-play" political system. But there is a real solution: Clean Elections campaign reform. Already working in 7 states and 2 cities, Clean Elections helps keep politicians working for the voters and not for the special interests and their lobbyists by providing public campaign funding to qualified candidates that agree to forgo private contributions and follow strict spending limits. It's time to bring back the power of citizens to elect representatives not bought and paid for by special interest lobbyists and big-money donors. Join us in supporting Clean Elections now. Click here  [ send green star]
 
 December 11, 2006 3:37 PM

Jeb Bush has made it obvious that he couldn't care less about the 18,000 voters in Sarasota County who were disenfranchised by electronic voting equipment. We must now call upon Congress to demand that he hold new elections. http://pol.moveon.org/pac/floridaelection/  [ send green star]
 
Demand a revote in Sarasota December 03, 2006 3:26 PM

Right now, crowds are gathering at Sarasota's Bayfront Park. They're not out for a Sunday stroll, and they're not tossing footballs. They're rallying for a revote in a congressional election which failed to register 18,000 votes. Yep, you heard it right. 18,000 votes lost, in a very tight race - and Jeb Bush, who oversees certification of Florida's elections, still hasn't agreed to hold a revote. Not all of us can be in Sarasota today. That's why Common Cause is holding a virtual rally - so you can voice your outrage right where you are, right now. Click here to join your fellow citizens across the country in demanding a revote. When you take action now:
*You're telling Jeb Bush that you will not stand by as 18,000 American citizens are denied their right to vote. *You're telling the folks at the rally in Sarasota that you support them. *You're telling the country that the rally is just the tip of the iceberg - that people all over the country will continue to fight until justice is done.
As we write, Common Cause President Chellie Pingree is preparing to take to the podium. When she does, she'll tell the crowd about your action. Click here now to give the Sarasota rally the momentum it needs to win a revote. Your fellow citizens are chanting. They're holding signs. They're cheering. Join them, at our virtual rally. It's the next best thing to being there there. Thank you. Sincerely, Chellie Pingree President
Source: Common Cause email (3 December 2006)  [ send green star]
 
 December 01, 2006 12:33 PM

This one is much like the previous post, with the exception that the focus is exclusively on paper ballots. http://www.democracyforamerica.com/paperballots  [ send green star]
 
 November 22, 2006 7:35 PM

Tell Congress to make election reform a top priority during the First 100 Hours. http://www.pfaw.org/go/Election Reform/

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Add that two important initiatives must include the following: 1) A paper ballot initiative of some kind 2) A clean money campaign financing measure http://www.usalone.com/paper_ballots.php
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Early voting! October 22, 2006 5:02 PM

Here is an action page to organize your friends to early vote and to report any problems you experience to give legal activists the evidence to take action and DO something about it. ACTION PAGE: http://www.peaceteam.net/earlyvote.php We are already hearing reports of secret purging of the Democratic voter rolls in various states, just the way we know for a FACT things like this happened in the last couple elections. At least some of these rumors are most certainly true. The problem is, if we wait until election day to move proactively to head off such things it will be that much harder to overturn or reverse them. The question is, what can we DO to prevent such wrongdoing BEFORE we have all the evidence. To head it off at the pass, so to speak. The answer is to get AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE to early vote, to test the integrity of our voting system. Then, if there are purging issues revealed in particular states, we need everyone to come to this page and submit a problem report that we can refer to legal activists to build the case that will give them the evidence to do something about it. This is something we must do anyway, lest we become a victim to a repeat of other vote suppression schemes which have employed underallocation of voting machines, shortages of provisional ballots, polls that aren't open on time, and on and on. We CANNOT wait until election day and cross our fingers that there will not be even more dirty tricks than last time. The recent primary elections in places like Maryland have already demonstrated that electoral train wrecks are more likely than not in some jurisdictions. But if we early vote in massive numbers we can ameliorate most of the problems we know we can expect. It is easier in all cases, you will wait LESS time in line, and you can be sure you at least had a chance to vote. It is sheer lunacy to wait until election day on the HOPE that all will go well, when every indicator is that certain partisan secretaries of state have it planned to not go well. We need student groups to organize their campuses to carpool their friends to the appropriate election offices. We need community activists to carpool as many of their neighbors as possible to vote NOW, and not face possibly longer lines on election day itself. Especially if we are hoping for a large turnout, we must do these things to protect our vote. Bookmark this special one click action page which will allow you to report and make a record of any problems you have experienced with your voting registration when you try to early vote. Be sure to bring all possible identification with you, and if you experience any problems at all, please immediately return to this page and submit your activist report. Then if want to also report your experience to your daily local newspaper, you can select that additional recipient option below. ACTION PAGE: http://www.peaceteam.net/earlyvote.php Also use this page to help organize all your friends to get out and early vote. If you enter the email addresses of all your friends, they will get the text of this alert with the subject "Join Me In Early Voting." Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours. To be added to the list go to http://www.peaceteam.net/in.htm Source: The Peace Team email (20 October 2006)  [ send green star]
 
Wake Up And Smell The Voter PURGE October 19, 2006 5:41 PM

Tell The DNC To WAKE UP And Immediately Seek An Injunction To Reverse The Purge Of Democratic Voters In Ohio ACTION PAGE: http://www.peaceteam.net/pnum540.php You had to know this was coming. The further they fall in the polls the more massive the voter fraud and preemptive vote suppression the other side will attempt. The key word here is "attempt". We're not supposed to let them get away with it without a fight. That fight must start NOW! Reports are breaking that the pathologically partisan Ohio secretary of state has been secretly using the master database of voters to systematically purge hundreds of thousands of likely Democratic voters from the registered rolls. Their latest version of an old scam is to put a discriminatory burden on voters in heavily Democratic precincts to meet a special hurdle of verification of their address, a guilty until proven innocent routine. And they have been doing this without any public notice that such a massive operation was underway, and timed in such a way that voters would have no recourse to re-register. Never again will we allow such outrages against democracy to go unchallenged by the fullest force we can bring to bear. Bob Fitrakis, who has been fighting the election criminals in Ohio for years, has announced he will file a lawsuit no later than this coming Monday. Please tell the DNC, and also the Ohio Democratic party (if you are an Ohio resident), to bring every resource to bear to join in this battle for the soul of our electoral process ACTION PAGE: http://www.peaceteam.net/pnum540.php Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours. To be added to the list go to http://www.peaceteam.net/in.htm Powered by The People's Email Network Copyright 2006, Patent pending, All rights reserved  [ send green star]
 
 October 14, 2006 4:20 PM

It's not too late to call for emergency paper ballots. If you haven't contacted your elected officials, please do so now!  [ send green star]
 
HR 6187, The "Confidence in Voting Act of 2006" September 28, 2006 8:23 AM

Far from a panacaea, but at least it's a start.
Congressman Rush Holt (D-NJ) has now introduced HR 6187, The "Confidence in Voting Act of 2006," a companion to the measure introduced by Senators Boxer, Dodd and Feingold in the Senate. It would allow all States that do not already use optical scan or other paper ballot-based voting systems to opt in to a program for this November's election whereby they would be reimbursed for giving voters the right to cast their votes on paper ballots at their request. The "Confidence in Voting Act of 2006" would: • Reimburse States at the rate of 75 cents per printed ballot for offering voters, upon their request, the right to cast a vote by means of a contingency paper ballots, regardless of the voting equipment otherwise in use at the precinct; • Mandate that the voter's right to cast his or her vote by means of such a contingency paper ballot be conspicuously posted at polling places; • Mandate that jurisdictions treat contingency paper ballots as regular ballots, and count them accordingly and not as provisional ballots (unless a voter is otherwise required to vote provisionally); • Authorize such sums as are necessary to reimburse the States under the program.
Take Action here
Source: Progressive Democrats of America email (27 Sept. 2006)  [ send green star]
 
Tell Congress to pass EMERGENCY PAPER BALLOT legislation September 27, 2006 6:13 AM

Via Velvet Revolution email (26 Sept. 2006):
...Giving that American democracy and the right to vote in that democracy ought to be a beacon to the world… It is NOW time for Emergency Paper Ballot Legislation to be brought and passed immediately by both houses of the U.S. Congress, in order to at least mitigate the coming train wreck this November 7th. We've decided to call it the Let America Vote Act (LAVA) of 2006…And here's basically what we're asking Congress to both introduce and pass in the 5 or fewer legislative days left before they recess for the election (but we're gonna need your help!) Essentially, it'll read as simply as this: LET AMERICA VOTE ACT (EMERGENCY PAPER BALLOT MANDATE OF 2006) Emergency paper ballots shall be made available at every voting jurisdiction in the United States during the November 7th, 2006 General Election. These paper ballots shall be available in sufficient numbers for optional use by voters who prefer to use them, and by all voters in the event of voting machine failure or unavailability. These paper ballots are not to be provisional ballots, but regular paper ballots that shall be counted immediately upon the close of polls on election night along with all other votes cast by properly registered voters. It shall be illegal to turn away a legally registered voter from the polls without allowing them to cast a ballot! ... PLEASE CLICK HERE to demand your Congress Members create legislation immediately for EMERGENCY PAPER BALLOTS at the polls this November!
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Support Fair Elections September 26, 2006 11:13 AM

Tell your rep to sign the "Voters First" pledge, in support of fair elections, public accountability, and voters’ right-to-know. http://tinyurl.com/g3tjc  [ send green star]
 
 August 23, 2006 7:08 PM

Tell your elected officials to support full public financing of elections. http://ga3.org/campaign/Clean_Elections_Week/  [ send green star]
 
 August 07, 2006 5:44 PM

Via Public Citizen Action Network (7 August 2006):
"The presidential public financing system worked quite well until the 2000 elections. After 1976, public financing helped level the playing field between the candidates, and three of six challengers were able to defeat an incumbent. But now the system needs a major overhaul.” -- Joan Claybrook Our President Should Be Elected by Voters, Not Dollars: Write now Dear Supporter: Following the events of Watergate over 30 years ago, the problems with presidential elections and the clout of special-interest money were addressed with the creation of a public financing system for presidential campaigns. The system provides significant amounts of public funds for primary elections and nearly full public financing for general elections. It dramatically reduces the need for presidential candidates to seek money from corporate moneyed interests who expect access to decision-makers in return. The system worked well -- until the presidential election of 2000. That's when candidates began opting out of the system. In the upcoming 2008 election, few of the serious presidential contenders are expected to stay in the public financing system. This is because they can raise and spend more money than candidates who use public financing under the current limits. Because the system has not been updated, it is crippled by the very corrupting influence of the rich, special-interest campaign "slush funds" it was intended to prevent. It must be fixed, and new legislation has been introduced to do just that. The “Presidential Funding Act of 2006” would do such things as increase the spending ceilings for publicly funded candidates to reflect the current cost of electing a president and provide a 4-to-1 match of public funds for small private donations. Contact your elected official and tell them to support the “Presidential Funding Act of 2006." Recently introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wisc.) and in the House of Representatives by Reps. Christopher Shays (R-Conn.) and Martin Meehan (D-Mass.), the bill would:
  • Overhaul the now inadequate presidential public financing system
  • Make the system financially viable for candidates today
  • End the corrupting influence of rich, special-interest campaign “slush funds” built into today's campaigns.
Get more details and write your reps now Sincerely, Royelen Lee Boykie Manager of Online Initiatives Public Citizen
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Action Alerts August 01, 2006 8:46 PM

Velvet Revolution's Divestiture for Democracy petition Demand a hand recount in the Busby/Bilbray election.  [ send green star]
 
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