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  •  I just sent 50 emails to addresses posted (3.50)
    in the "Very Long Media Email List...for Voter Fraud Story" diary.  I got up to the end of the CBS email addresses.  I am going to try to work my way through 50 more after I take a break.  I have been sending them individually but send the same message to each.  This is what I am sending in my email to all these individuals and organizations:

    "There is a HUGE story breaking on the internet and political blogs, especially detailed on the major political blog Daily Kos, about the Republican National Committee's funding of a national effort to both suppress Democratic voting on November 2nd, and to destroy voter registration cards filled out by Democrats.  This is a multi-state effort evidence for which is surfacing in news stories quickly.  This is a story about CRIMINAL ACTIVITY FUNDED BY THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IN MULTIPLE STATES.  On Daily Kos, there are several diary entries connecting the dots on this Republican-funded voter suppression effort, please click on:

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2004/10/13/15534/960

    to read this story and find links to newspaper and blog research and reporting on it.

    I urge you to do a story on this criminal scandal funded by the Republican Party.  This is of the utmost importance to our upcoming election.  This is a story about corruption and deceit, that goes to the very bedrock of our country's democracy and our health and capacity to survive as the America that we fight to protect.  Please investigate and do a story on this outrageous and well-funded attempt to steal the upcoming election.

    Sincerely,"

    •  Highly Effective Swing Story (none)
      This story, taken in a larger context, has the potential to cause a huge swing in actual voting beyond the usual persuasions plied on the general populace.  The key is to appeal to the anger and disgust most Americans will feel at this clear "smoking gun" case of systemic disenfranchisement.  Add to this case, which provides a pretty clear indictment on its own, reminders of all the other frauds being perpetrated.  (Did you check the citizen box as well as sign the affidavit? Are you sure you used 80 pound paper?  Was the Notary really a Notary?  Etc.)  Briefly reminding the people how "partisan hair splitting" in Florida last time around made all the difference in the final result brings home the relevance of a small number of votes.

      The clear bottom line, which I hope someone can put succinctly and eloquently, is that there is an undeniable and persistent pattern of Republican supporters systematically obstructing the voting rights of Democrats - directly by tearing up their registrations, and indirectly by using "clerical errors" and tenuous reasoning to suppress groups of registrations likely to be mostly Democrats - not to mention the various purges of groups of (mostly) Democrats from voter roles which have been reported.

      I believe anger about these widespread tactics used by Republican supporters can provide a highly effective motivation to get people to the polls.  People who don't always vote will have empathy for those who have been denied the right through these dirty tricks.  That emotion for many will turn into motivation.  I don't believe this story will change the minds of many voters as to which candidate they support, but I do believe it has great potential to motivate more people to vote, and that can only be bad news for the current administration.

      Changing voters' minds at this point is difficult, but motivating non-voters who already have an opinion to vote can have a huge payback.

    •  UPDATE: driving home listening to NPR (none)
      on "All Things Considered" they ran a short bulletin on the Sproul/voter reg. scandal.  They asked Sproul about it and Sproul denied that it happened.  That was that.  

      KEEP EMAILING AND CALLING NEWS OUTLETS with this story!  It needs to move beyond the "well, Sproul says it didn't happen" phase!

      •  NPR Expands Coverage (none)
        Around 6pm NPR broadcast an expanded "Voter Registration Fraud" story several minutes long focussing on the AZ story and connecting it to Republicans.  I couldn't tell if it was local (Seattle) or National.  

        Needless to say, I called in immediamente with a pledge.  I started in on how many other states were involved, and who Nathan Sproul is, & she seemed well familiar with the whole breaking story, said "Yeah, it's a mess", and made a note that my pledge was prompted by the Voter Registration Fraud story.

        I think this story may have extended wings.

        Mission Misunderestimated

        by Bob Love on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 09:48:11 PM PDT

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    •  I sent 50 more this morning. (3.50)
      Encouraging to see it getting some coverage.  I'll keep sending emails in the hope-- the hope-- that the media will forget about the fake Mary Cheney flap and get some sense about what's important.

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