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Tomorrow isn't just about getting out the vote, it's about protecting the vote as well.  Election protection groups are launching a 50-state army of citizens tomorrow to ensure that no illegal practices occur, or, if they do occur, that such crimes are documented so that lawbreakers can be held accountable.  The Wall Street Journal has more:

When Americans go to vote tomorrow, a new breed of activist will be on guard, monitoring polling stations for everything from voting-machine glitches to long lines to registration snafus.

Energized by disputed results in 2000 and 2004, they have left jobs as music conductors, real-estate agents and software engineers to form groups that expect to turn out thousands of volunteers who don't trust the country's ability to count its votes and have decided to do something about it.

"This is going to be the most heavily watched election in history," predicts Marybeth Kuznik, who founded a group called VotePA after the 2004 election to monitor voting issues in Pennsylvania.

And it's not just citizens who are going to be monitoring the polls.  The Department of Justice is stepping up as well:

Justice to monitor polls

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Justice Department announced Monday it is deploying more than 850 federal personnel to 69 jurisdictions in 22 states to watch for potential federal violations in tomorrow's midterm elections.

The contingent includes more than 500 trained federal observers from the Office of Personnel Management to areas mostly in the Deep South and Southwest, which have been certified by federal courts or the Attorney General under the Civil Rights Act of 1965.

In addition more than 350 Civil Rights Division lawyers and other personnel from the Justice Department are being dispatched to locations throughout the country where authorities have reason to believe there is a potential for federal voting violations.

Several sites will serve as clearinghouses for election issues tomorrow. is already on the robocall story.  Video The Vote and Veek the Vote are camera-ready.  If you have a website, you can add a "Tell Your Voting Story" widget, a tool that makes reporting election shenanigans a snap.

Election incidents can also be reported to several national hotlines. Those reported to 1-866-OUR-VOTE will be catalogued in the Election Incident Reporting System (check out the incident map, which already reflects several incidents across the nation).  Problems with voting machines can also be reported by calling 1-888-SAV-VOTE (1-888-728-8683).  You can also report incidents through the DNC by calling 1-888-DEM VOTE or by filling out this online form.

Don't be shy.  If you witness something at your polling place that seems off, report it.  If your friends or family tell you about dirty tricks or suppression tactics, urge them to report it.  Because this time around, we're not going to let them get away with anything.  

Be prepared.  Be vigilant. And let's do everything we can to ensure that no citizen is denied his or her right to vote.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:07 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  All Very Well and Good (7+ / 0-)

    But I want impartial international observers and an election process that can withstand their scrutiny.

  •  Voter fraud? (6+ / 0-)

    I'm here in Chicago.  Who would think of such a thing?  (chuckle)

  •  and tell your friends about Repug dirty tricks (4+ / 0-)

    while going to polls, tell your friends, tell the whole neighborhood... just in case any of your "moderate" friends got swayed by RoboCalls, phoney endorsements, etc.

    Help make NYC Republican free; volunteer for Steve Harrison NY-13 against Vito Fossella.

    by DrSteveB on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:07:39 PM PST

    •  Stay on the job (1+ / 0-)
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      untill Wednesday. I think in some districts there may be enough chaos to require some sort of action to ensure that polls hours get any required extensions. Power outages anyone? (just callme a little parinoid--just don't know where I get it.

      it tastes like burning...

      by eastvan on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:31:22 PM PST

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  •  We should be ashamed as a country (5+ / 0-)

    that this is even an item of mention in the year 2006.

    Shining city on a hill my ass...

    •  It's nothing to be ashamed of... (4+ / 0-)
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      artebella, joanneleon, Spunkmeyer, Gottayo

      Democracy permits the greediest of amoral selfish behaviour. It's the downside of a very large upside. We just have to learn to deal with it. Maybe we'll get right at some point.

      it tastes like burning...

      by eastvan on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:18:34 PM PST

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      •  There are lots of democracies (1+ / 0-)
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        but we're the one with the lady with the torch in the harbor and all that.  We should NOT even be having this conversation, just as we shouldn't be (as a nation, not DKos, mind you) trying to parse what torture really is.

        I'm just angry and frustrated.  We shouldn't have to openly question the legitimacy of an election... and it pisses me off to think that more people will vote in the next "breakdancing  with the stars" or whatever else passes as the next phenom on TV.

        •  Frustrating isn't it? (0+ / 0-)

          Yes this conversation shouldn't be on the agenda but it is. Because it needs to be,and most important,because it can be. Still,one can hope,because it is open for discussion,that we can later discuss it only in the past tense.

          it tastes like burning...

          by eastvan on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:42:20 PM PST

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      •  Our Democracy in NZ doesn't have these issues. nt (0+ / 0-)

        -5.75 -4.72 3.14159 2.71828

        by xynz on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:45:31 PM PST

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    •  Maybe you should see a Dermatologist about that.. (0+ / 0-)

      ...Shining City on your Ass..


      -5.75 -4.72 3.14159 2.71828

      by xynz on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:46:44 PM PST

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  •  Excellent post! (0+ / 0-)

    I also put up a list with some of this info and of 14 things YOU can do to safeguard the vote - today, tomorrow and into the future as we prep, starting Wednesday, for 2008.  

    We must be vigilant, as you say.



  •  I hope the citizen groups watch the (9+ / 0-)

    Justice Department also.

    ... we now know a lot of things, most of which, we already knew... (-dash888)

    by Tirge Caps on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:07:57 PM PST

  •  I don't know enough about who heads up the DOJ... (4+ / 0-)

    Is this a good thing to have, i.e. can we trust them to monitor the polling places?

    Ugh, I just don't trust any of them anymore...

    YEE-HAW is not a foreign policy.

    by molls on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:08:25 PM PST

    •  love your sig line. :-) (4+ / 0-)
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    •  yeah, I think you generally can (5+ / 0-)

      the DOJ is filled with career lawyers. Don't just an organization by its rotten head.

      Recall that it was the DOJ staff that declared Georgia's voting law as being illegal.  They had their decision overturned by the top. But I point to that story to show that DOJ lawyers are career lawyers, not necessarily partisans, and I think they'll do a good job on Election Day.

      •  Thanks for the info... (0+ / 0-)

        I have a reflexive action to any agency operating under the Chimperor's control.  But knowing who makes up the agency makes me rest a little easier...

        YEE-HAW is not a foreign policy.

        by molls on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:23:03 PM PST

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      •  Trust me. You can trust them. (3+ / 0-)
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        molls, daBrado, Geek of all trades

        This is career staff that's doing the monitoring, most of them from the U.S. Attorney's Offices.  They're augmented by a corps of volunteers from other federal agencies, organized by the Office of Personnel Management.  Many of these people have been federal observers since the 1960s.

        The Voting Section itself, which oversees the operation, is only about 100 strong, and each location has at most 1-3 Voting Section folks.  That said, the Voting Section folks are overwhelmingly career professionals who also take their jobs extremely seriously.

        But remember that DOJ's operation is pretty narrowly targeted.  Of the tens of thousands of precincts in the country, DOJ observers will spend part of the day at 1,500 of them at most.  One of the main focuses of the Voting Section in recent years has been the language minority provisions of Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act, so a large part of the operation will be focusing on places that have had inadequate numbers of bilingual poll workers.

        So, yes, the operation is trustworthy, and the people will do their jobs.  The impact of such an operation can only be a limited one, however.

        Four hundred years ago, we were all illegal aliens according to the Comanche.

        by DC Pol Sci on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:29:33 PM PST

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        •  Dedicated Observers, still part of manipulation. (0+ / 0-)

          I'm not saying the observers will do anything but their job.  But as you say, their deployment will be limited in physical scope, focusing on the south and southwest.  The concerted suppression will be elsewhere, where it is needed to tip particular races, and the observers findings will be touted by this administration as proof that no fraud or suppression took place anywhere, or at least that they were isolated instances of "Loose Cannons."  It will be used to discredit claims from other parts of the country where the Republicans will have used the tactics we know that they use.  
             DC, I'm from New Hampshire where in 2002 we went into a Senatorial election where the Democrat, the sitting Governor at the time, was ahead by 4 points on election eve.  Somehow her Republican opponent won by 4 points, and since then it has been proven in a court of law that the State Republican Leaders committed multiple felonies to suppress that vote, at the same time they were in frequent contact with the WH political director.  
             These DOJ observers may be earnest and thorough, but you can bet that they will not be anywhere near the felonies.  Instead, their testimony of what they observed will be used  to discret the the volunteer citizens who are witness to the multiple felonies.

          •  Not DOJ's department... (0+ / 0-)

            At least not the Voting Section's, and they're the ones sending the observers.  The Voting Section enforces the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA), the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA/Motor Voter) and the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.  That's what these observers are deployed to detect violations of.

            Violations of other statutes, such as wire fraud and harrassment by telephone, must be addressed through other channels.  If a federal crime, the U.S. Attorney's Office should be responsible.  If not, the state AG would be.

            The Voting Section performs a limited function, but those who work for it are completely dedicated to performing that function.

            And it's not all in the south and southwest.  There are folks in the Northeast and Midwest, too, although not as concentrated.

            Four hundred years ago, we were all illegal aliens according to the Comanche.

            by DC Pol Sci on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 07:55:59 PM PST

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        •  oh lord, what a pitiful excuse for (0+ / 0-)

          dysfunctional voting procedures.

          Power ought to serve as a check to power - Montesquieu, 1748

          by mimi on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 09:00:52 PM PST

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        •  I would trust them if they fought (0+ / 0-)

          for amending the electoral college or getting rid of it and introduce standardized election procedures across the nation.

          They are just part of the system and are there to watch out for criminal vote manipulations or voter manipulations and intimidations.

          Power ought to serve as a check to power - Montesquieu, 1748

          by mimi on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 09:04:38 PM PST

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      •  "Federal Personnel" not necessarly lawyers (0+ / 0-)

        The Justice Department announced Monday it is deploying more than 850 federal personnel to 69 jurisdictions in 22 states to watch for potential federal violations in tomorrow's midterm elections.

        Is this a good thing to have, i.e. can we trust them to monitor the polling places?

        yeah, I think you generally can . . . the DOJ is filled with career lawyers.

        The story said "federal personal" sent by the Justice Department.  It does not suggest that they will be lawyers.  They may be some sort of cops -- they may even be uniformed and armed.  I am not sure this is necessarily a good thing. If word gets out that a polling place is crawling with grim faced Federalas that could suppress turnout in many places.

        •  No cops. No uniforms. (2+ / 0-)
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          Fred in Vermont, daBrado

          Civilians only, instructed to blend into the background and be flies on the wall.  Instructed not to wear suits or any visible signs identifying them as DOJ.  The DOJ observers cannot, under any circumstances, intervene.  They observe and report back.  Any action comes at a later time in the form of a lawsuit.

          Four hundred years ago, we were all illegal aliens according to the Comanche.

          by DC Pol Sci on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:54:39 PM PST

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      •  My concern would be (0+ / 0-)

        that they might be instructed by the political appointees to focus on ineligible voters trying to vote. That's been the thrust of republican efforts at "voting reform" since like forever, and they're well prepared to make hay of any anecdotes to that effect that they can get their muddy little hands on.


  •  Hotlines and other resources (1+ / 0-)
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    are listed in the Election protection hotlines page on the dKosopedia. I just added Veek the Vote. Now I need to look at

    Thanks for all you do, georgia10!

    Read up on election integrity on the dKosopedia: Overview + Timeline

    by AlanF on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:09:13 PM PST

  •  Sadly, I have to cover 3 polling sites tomorrow.. (3+ / 0-)
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    OLinda, weirdmusic657, baccaruda

    not enough Dem volunteers in my area. I'll start at one place to watch the setting up of the machines and then catch the others as I can. I hope I don't miss anything important...

    Investigate Indict Impeach Imprison

    by HighSticking on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:09:14 PM PST

  •  GOD, I have SO much faith in the Justice Dept. (3+ / 0-)
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    molls, chumley, Randall Sherman

    Things are all better now. We can breate a sigh of relief knowing the Protector of Justice A.G. Gonzales is on the case. The gimlet-eyed defender of our values will not be thwarted by.... his friends in the REPUBLICAN PARTY?


    Never mind.

    "No, I don't want to respond to him. He's at 20 percent in the polls. No one listens to him. He has no credibility. It's ridiculous." - Joe Biden on the VP

    by The Lighthouse Keeper on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:09:20 PM PST

  •  DOJ (5+ / 0-)

    I find that a bit unnerving, because they will exist to stamp everything as "OK"... I don't trust the partisan DOJ to fill election monitoring role!


    better than them getting away with ignoring the issue as irrelevant, but barely.

    strong infrastructure, fair play and sober leadership

    by pyrrho on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:09:22 PM PST

    •  See my comment above. (1+ / 0-)
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      The DOJ observers will not be Schedule C political appointees but GS-scale civil servants.  The tenure of most predates the current administration.

      Four hundred years ago, we were all illegal aliens according to the Comanche.

      by DC Pol Sci on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:30:48 PM PST

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      •  cool (1+ / 0-)
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        I would like to see a dedicated non-partisan Elections Office that would standardize election machine standards, etc, and ultimately build a fixed infrastructure for elections.

        it is possible to have non-partisan corpses of civil servants, even when lead by partisan at some level... it's a matter of having professional ethics and the freedom to adhere to them.

        hope you are right in your confidence level they are free to adhere to ethical practice and reporting.

        strong infrastructure, fair play and sober leadership

        by pyrrho on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:40:10 PM PST

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  •  Some Cautions from a Pollworker (12+ / 0-)


    I'm going to be working on the elections board tomorrow as I always do. And I for one always invite conscientious pollwatchers to observe as a necessary check on the integrity of the voting process.

    But one suggestion made here concerns me. Be VERY CAREFUL about how you use cameras in polling places. It can be considered by voters as a form of intimidation or harassment to take their picture at a polling place. By all means, document irregularities as you can, but please, please, please be respectful of the voter and his or her privacy rights in so doing.

    Thank you!

    Vote Republican, and get caught between Iraq and a hard page.

    by TheCrank on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:11:09 PM PST

    •  Video the Vote (7+ / 0-)
      has very clear guidelines that echo your post:

        1.  The Cardinal Rule: The job of videographers capturing video on Election Day, is to observe and document, not to influence the election process in any way. Footage will be used to expose problems with the election process, to help to advocate for changes to that process, to assist individuals in litigation, and may be made available to the media and public to ensure fair and proper processes have been followed. While there are many potential benefits of this project, the possibility for this effort to disrupt the voting process is significant--videographers must be aware of this and make every effort to avoid disruption.

         2. The Video the Vote effort is non-partisan. It is important that you act in a strictly non-partisan way while observing at the polls. You shouldn't engage voters in political conversations of any kind, even informal friendly discussions. Nor should you wear any partisan or campaign paraphernalia, e.g. campaign buttons, T-shirts or other clothing, or visual references to partisan organizations. If you have partisan bumper stickers on you car, it's best to cover or remove them.

         3. When interviewing a voter, first get the voter's permission. If possible, obtain a written or on-camera verbal release, allowing for the person's image and likeness to be used by yourself, Video the Vote, or our affiliated coalition member organizations. As a videographer, you will be entering an environment where video cameras that are not recognizable as press are often considered hostile and untrustworthy. Many voters will assume the worst that the volunteer is there engaging in surveillance or trying to suppress the vote. Being clear about your role in plain language and an up-front manner that you're there to help protect people's right to vote goes a long way to countering such ideas.

         4. If a voter is reluctant to be filmed, do not attempt to persuade them to do so.

         5. Leave your camera in the car (or if it's a pocket sized camera with video capability, leave it in your pocket) until you've assessed the situation and talked with voters. When first approaching a voter, do so without your camera. Establish a connection and level of trust with them first.

         6. When shooting an interview, set up your shot so that you do not inadvertently capture the faces of other voters on video. The interview should not impact any other voters in any way.

         7. There will be a dedicated phone line at the national legal command center for the Election Day Video The Vote project in case you are unsure about any legal assistance and guidance you may need. You should also use the dedicated Video The Vote hotline in the case that you see instances that to your knowledge have not been reported.

         8. You should should never enter a polling place with a camera or microphone, unless you've been authorized to do so by both an election official and an Election Protection attorney.

         9. If police are present near any polling place, please contact the national legal command center.

        10. Never argue with a poll worker, even if you are doing something within your rights. If you have a problem, politely step back, then call the national legal command center, using the dedicated phone line, and the command center will attempt to solve the problem.

        11. If asked to surrender your camera and tape do not do so. Call the legal command center and attorneys will attempt to resolve the dispute.

        12. You should always be aware if you're being taped yourself. Being present with a camera will attract attention and volunteers may become the subject of other curious filmmakers. Please decline to be interviewed on Election Day.

        13. If an attorney may ask you to cancel an interview because the interview subject is going to be a plaintiff in litigation, it's best (for the client) that you do so. In some case, an interview can make it more difficult for someone who's been disenfranchised to make their case.

        14. There is a slight chance that as a videographer you may become a witness in a lawsuit. You could be deposed or be called upon to authenticate video you shot; it's a very remote possibility, but you should be aware of it.

        15. Finally, in the best scenario, no problems will arise on Election Day. Do not look for problems. Many polling places and localities have no problems at all. In part, it means that we are doing a good job of monitoring the elections. This does not mean that you cannot interview voters about the process and get good b-roll. But remember that a boring Election Day may be a sign of a smooth and fair Election Day.

    •  Many states do not allow use of cameras (3+ / 0-)
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      RickWn, TheCrank, sele

      in the polling place for this reason. I ask people to please not take out a camera in the polling place unless you are sure it is legal in your state (it is not legal to use a camera in the polling place in Florida). If you observe irregularities, your sworn testimony is evidence, better to get another witness than to try and "document" events by using a camera in a place where it's not allowed.

      Note: I am a pollworker, too, have worked all elections here starting in 2000 (except 2004, when I was a pollwatcher).

      "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

      by Alice in Florida on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:25:29 PM PST

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      •  Correct, my state does not (0+ / 0-)

        Although cameras are allowed by "legitimate media" (whatever that means) with permission of voters, or to video the pollworkers.

        Vote Republican, and get caught between Iraq and a hard page.

        by TheCrank on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 07:25:37 PM PST

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  •  and if you are working the polls as a clerk (10+ / 0-)

    or Inspector as I am, Please do NOT be intimidated by any priest or pastor that tries to leave propaganda posters and/or flyers on the walls or on any of the tables. I have been having it out with the pastor of my voting place about taking down all the "Womans Walk for LIFE" and "Right to Life" stuff that is plastered all over the walls. That kind of stuff is illegal to have anywhere near the polls and certainly in the voting rooms. This crap is considered electioneering and will NOT be tolerated.

    I am typing my fingers to the bone for Harry, his little hippie River, us, and America.

    by Chamonix on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:13:41 PM PST

  •  Know What's Most Depressing? (4+ / 0-)
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    None of this shit would be necessary if Republicans simply believed in democracy.

    They don't.

    Republicans aren't real Americans. They just happen to live here.

    The Republican Party: Keeping America Fact-Free Since 2001

    by IndyScott on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:14:09 PM PST

  •  it's time we slap down this fascist shit (2+ / 0-)
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    OLinda, artebella

    turn on the lights and watch these GOP cock-a-roaches run under the refrigerator!

  •  From a cynic (1+ / 0-)
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    First, thanks for the enlightening post.  Second,I want to confess I'm a cynic.  In 2004, the news was that the DNC had hundreds of volunteer attorneys monitoring polling places. I was comforted.  After the elections, I waited for some indication these monitors had something to report.  Nothing!  I don't know if they never turned out or were prohibited from speaking up or never were expected to turn out. The Republicans cheated and the Democrats rolled over and played dead. Something went awfully wrong here.

    I want to think your information is truth but I have to see it to believe it this time.

    •  actually, they DID have something to report (2+ / 0-)
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      AlyoshaKaramazov, baccaruda

      204 pages worth, actually. (PDF)

      After the 2004 election, there were widespread reports of serious voting problems in Ohio. The Democratic National Committee's Voting Rights Institute made a commitment to investigate these reports and ascertain exactly what happened on November 2 in Ohio.

      An exhaustive five-month investigation by the VRI's research and investigative team identified grave problems in the administration of Ohio's voting system. More than 1 in 4 voters in Ohio faced problems at the polls, including illegal requests for identification, long lines, poorly trained election officials, and more. There were also dramatic disparities in voting conditions among different races; African Americans waited nearly three times as long on average as whites to vote.

      Most important, the VRI's comprehensive investigation resulted in concrete recommendations that will help protect every American's right to vote and to have that vote counted. These recommendations cover voting equipment, training for poll workers, uniform standards, and much more.

      Get the facts about exactly what happened in Ohio in 2004, and learn how Democrats are fighting to protect our rights.

      •  Good Point, but expected more immediate (0+ / 0-)

        action based upon what J Kerry was telling us, and raising money for.  We were given the impression that Kerry had an army of lawyers on sights and would immediately get injunctions.  That is the only remedy that matters if one wants to affect the outcome.  There were law suits in Ohio---I know because I gave money to sustain them---but they were not supported by the fund Kerry told us he had amassed in the millions for that purpose.  It was like having a slogan of "And I won't back down" and then immediately backing down.  
           What the VRI did was very good and will help in future.  I'm not putting it down, but it is not what was discussed at the time.

    •  Can't answer for all (0+ / 0-)

      But in my county the story seemed to be that there were not a lot of obvious abuses...most of the problems were due to ignorance of how to handle provisional ballots. Republicans had threatened to try and disrupt the process with frivolous challenges, others in authority said those would not be tolerated (don't remember if it was just the SOEs or Gov Bush, too), and where I was the Republican poll watcher did not mess with anyone, stuck strictly to GOTV. In fact, in my county the real story was superior Republican GOTV, not to say there weren't some cases of abuse but it wasn't systemic. Of course the felon law still keeps a lot of African Americans from being allowed to vote in Florida, but unfortunately that's still legal.

      The one thing I heard about that was highly questionable was the handling of new registrations and absentee ballot requests, which favored Republicans (but the person who told me about this was unwilling to make a sworn statement, she refused to even say anything on the record because she was afraid of losing her job. Her information might have been useful if there had been a lawsuit based on other misconduct, but there wasn't). The story in 2004 seemed to be that there were a lot of abuses but that those were not enough to account for the margin of victory.

      "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

      by Alice in Florida on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:38:41 PM PST

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  •  Iraq has it thumb inking (1+ / 0-)
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    Anthony Segredo

    and paper ballots.  It's so pathetic to realize that our country has been able to take a simple act and completely fuck it up.

    The November Tsudemi Approacheth

    by Public Servant on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:19:53 PM PST

  •  Voted Absentee (2+ / 0-)
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    OLinda, joanneleon

    Called my family and friends and told them to vote Dems down the line.

    Gave more $ to Tester

    I feel like I have the flu.  Antsy, short of breath, upset stomach.

    We have to take this county back.

  •  Excellent and Informative diary georgia10 (1+ / 0-)
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    Randall Sherman

    As always.

  •  Thanks for these numbers for reporting... (1+ / 0-)
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    problems/snafus... I've doing my first-ever stint as a sworn-in election official tomorrow - got my digital camera fixed up with new batteries, the cell phone is charged and I borrowed a back-up from my sibling.

    Now to bed - gotta be AT the precinct by 5am - won't get 'off' until 7pm - long day but maybe the most important of my lifetime.

    Good luck to everyone out there - we've all worked so hard - one more day, just one more big valiant effort.

    And THEN we go back to work on '08!

    peace and love...
    always the mountains,
    va dare

    "In order to be respected, authority has got to be respectable." Tom Robbins

    by va dare on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:21:04 PM PST

  •  In suburban South Carolina (1+ / 0-)
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    I'll be taking photos and shooting video at polling places all day. I'm not really expecting irregularities given that few of our races are actually exciting, but I am interested in at least having an account of the day.

    Later I'll be at Drinking Liberally at the Publick House in Columbia. Hope to see you there. Bring $3 (or more) for the buffet.

  •  Um, pardon me, but (4+ / 0-)

    does the idea of the Justice Dept. watching the polls make your ass twitch like it does mine?

    I mean, ain't that about like having Cheney watch the quail cages?

    Freedom is always at the beginning and not at the end. - Jiddu Krishnamurti

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:24:19 PM PST

  •  Don't be shy. Really. (3+ / 0-)
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    I am shy.  e.g. I told my Head Head Honcho, when going over what I can offer to save my job "I'm not the face of the organization.  I don't make things pretty, you don't want me talking to the Donors.   I don't make things pretty, I make things work."  He got it.  Anyway...

    I'm someone who runs from microphones, but I called 1-888-DEM VOTE when I ran into problems (they answered my call even on a Saturday night).  I will call 1-866-OUR-VOTE when they open again in the morning (they take the nights off).  If need be, I'll call my local media about how I did my voter registration through the Texas Department of Public Safety - Driver License Division,  but, by golly, I just didn't show up on the voter list.

    Yes, I feel foolish.  I assumed that I was registered 'cause I signed up to be registered.  I didn't call and confirm 30 days before the election date, but I should have, eh?  'cause just because you check the box that says Register Me To Vote when you're giving them your thumbprint so you can drive, you shouldn't really expect it to happen, right?  I'm a fool, but I'll be damned if I don't find out how it didn't work.

    jotter's Lists of High Impact Diaries: daily and weekly archives (bring your own bendy straws)

    by sele on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:25:32 PM PST

    •  You never got a voter registration card (1+ / 0-)
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      in the mail?  If not, then you're not registered.  They're yellow this year.  Even if you don't take it to the polls with you, if your name is on the list, you don't need to show the card and you can vote.  But if you never had it mailed to you, your name won't be on the list.

      If you do have a card, but your name is not on the list, they have to give you a provisional ballot.

      (-5.25, -7.95) "Self-respect is a question of recognizing that anything worth having has a price." - Joan Didion

      by SueDe on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:40:40 PM PST

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      •  I completed a provisional ballot. (4+ / 0-)

        When I asked for it, the election judge said "Your vote won't count.  You just want to make me work, don't you?"  To which I smiled incredibly sweetly and said, "I want to vote.  And to have my vote counted when the mistake is corrected that kept me off the rolls."

        Mail is perpetually screwy when you move, so not receiving a voter registration card in the mail did not surprise me in the least.  I hail the post office for what they manage to get done (here, I'll give you 39 cents if you'll take this piece of paper to this little snowbound hut in Alaska, thanks!  very cool.), but it is not infallible.  Mortgage papers didn't reach me by the United States Postal Office service.  I don't count on it for anything crucial.  Or any delivery service.

        So yes, admonish me for not checking that I was registered correctly.  But admonish the system for not registering me correctly in the first place.

        jotter's Lists of High Impact Diaries: daily and weekly archives (bring your own bendy straws)

        by sele on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:48:46 PM PST

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  •  Exit Polls? (0+ / 0-)

    There was talk of having independent exit polls. Does anyone know if this is going to actually happen?

    There is a whole class of election fraud that will be very hard to detect without something like really good , targetted exit polls that we can trust.

  •  Justice Observers Not Helpful (0+ / 0-)

    All citizen efforts are great.  But the Justice Dept observers are part of the Republican suppression.  Notice they will go to areas that are solidly red.  They will report back, with much publicity and completely on our dime, that everything was above-board.  The suppression and fraud will be elsewhere, where it is needed to tip the tight races---the Republicans know where they will be, and where they will not be.  The Feds are not helpful---they are part of the manipulation.  Roberto Gonzalez is their boss, don't forget.

  •  David Gergen on CNN's Larry King (1+ / 0-)
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    Cream City

    just now floated the 'talking points'. He said, when asked by LK about concerns over voting irregularities - 'if there is a Dem landslide tomorrow we won't hear much about it, but if the margins aren't as good as Dems think they should be, we will hear about the conspiracy theories right away and there will be lawsuits'.

    Kossacks, that better not wash, better not stand, better not be the case - that this sore loser bullshit dominates the debate again.

    Quite frankly, this election should be a cake-walk for Democrats with 73% angry according to a CNN poll tonite. This is not about angry and hysterical Democrats. Not this time. This is about angry and thoroughly pissed off Americans, period.

    If it wasn't for the "voting irregularities" there would be a let's call this election now meme all over America tonite.

    Just think about it. It is not normal with margins like we are seeing for anyone to be anything but supremely confident, unless you are a Republican. Instead we hear about 'worried' Democrats.

    Holy crap! We are even hearing about these voting issues here in Canada on the CBC this past weekend.

    •  Who Is There to Call the US Election 'Decided' (0+ / 0-)

      in favor of Democrats?

      The media are owned and sponsored by Republicans, almost all the commentators are Republicans, the overwhelming majority of guest experts are Republicans, and they've been presenting the dominant reality to the electorate for 25 years.

      The margins are quite close and several polls have shown them narrowing.

      We could do quite well but it's based on a lot of very close races; it's a very long shot to retake both chambers, and conceivable that we could fail to take either.

      I visit Canada regularly and get CBC on my cable.

      There's just no comparison between the information environments of the two countries.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy....--ML King, "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:40:44 PM PST

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  •  I'm so happy this info is being provided (0+ / 0-)

    It's great and it makes me feel we can overcome the voting fraud perpetrated by the GOP.

  •  2008 T-Shirts (0+ / 0-)

    We create t-shirts that have a picture of a guy/girl/grandmother wearing Democratic Party apparel punching the teeth out of a guy wearing Republican Party apparel with the caption:




    I'm trademarking it.

    Hey Roberts lovers, a link to a CNN story PRIOR to the nomination: Big Biz Draws Up Supreme Court Wish List

    by DWCG on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:33:11 PM PST

  •  Georgia10 (3+ / 0-)
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    First of all you're one of the few people who stood up on this site early about election fraud and voter suppression.

    Regarding what we're doing about it

    a 50-state army of citizens tomorrow to ensure that no illegal practices occur, or, if they do occur, that such crimes are documented so that lawbreakers can be held accountable.  

    If they steal, it's not enough that somebody goes to jail four years and five million dollars later, and meanwhile the election is stolen. These elections must be contested in real time by every means possible. Some fall guy doing a little time in the distant future doesn't do shit.

    Borat On Daily Show: "In Kazakhstan We Have Midterm Elections Just Like You, The Next One Is In 30 Years"...

    by moon in the house of moe on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:36:02 PM PST

    •  oh, I totally agree (2+ / 0-)
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      moon in the house of moe, mimi

      which is why in my earlier post I linked to the DNC's National Lawyers' Council.  

      Also, check out this story:


      This past weekend, hundreds of those 7,000 lawyers boarded planes for Arizona, Florida, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio and 13 other states. Most of the lawyers are in-state volunteers.

      Democratic allies will have thousands more lawyers at the polls. The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the NAACP and the People for the American Way Foundation will collectively add another 2,000 lawyers to monitor the vote, according to The New York Times.

      The New York-based Democratic Lawyers Council is deploying 400 to 500 attorneys statewide to monitor the polls for problems. These lawyers are looking specifically for evidence of voter intimidation.

      From what I hear behind the scenes, Dems are ready to litigate if necessary.

  •  Go in pairs: 1 addresses issues, 1 works camera, (0+ / 0-)

    The more assertive of the pair should be the one to confront the supression.  The other person should use a video camera to record what transpires.  

    Whenever possible, preface each "event" with an explanation of what is happening and what you're about to do about it.

    Before initiating any action, get names, titles and affiliations of the persons involved.

    Even if you don't have a video camera, many digital cameras permit short video recordings.  If you don't have a digital camera, you cell phone might have a camera.

    Everyone should have a cellphone with emergency backup #s on speed-dial.  

    Local TV News stations are also good phone#s to have on you cellphone, but only call them if something major is occuring. The TV stations won't really care the "small stuff", like illegally asking for voter ID.  If you call them about the small stuff and they blow you off,  then if something major does happen (like a precinct's voting machines have all crashed), then they won't listen to you.

    -5.75 -4.72 3.14159 2.71828

    by xynz on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:37:55 PM PST

  •  BUffalo NY area (1+ / 0-)
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    I heard a story today on local NPR (WAMC) about a Republican challenge to voter registarttion in ione district,  a person showed up at 2:30 PM last Friday and individually challenged 650 registrants based on their possibnly having moved from the registered address.  By law they had to go through each of the 650 and approve/disapprove.  When questioned, the person claimed "the Republican's of XXX county just wish to ensure free and fair elections."  

    I almost drove off the road when I heard the last statement.!

  •  DOJ Voting Fraud Contacts: (0+ / 0-)

    From DOJ websire:

    If you believe that you have been denied the right to vote based on your race, color, or language minority status or that otherwise your voting rights under federal law have been violated, you may contact the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice:
    you believe that you have been denied the right to vote based on your race, color, or language minority status or that otherwise your voting rights under federal law have been violated, you may contact the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice:

    BY CALLING: 1-800-253-3931(voice)
    1-888-305-3228 (TTY)  
    BY FAX: 202-307-3961
    VIA THE INTERNET:  Complete and submit a form
    detailing your allegations  
    BY MAIL:  U.S. Department of Justice
    Civil Rights Division
    950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
    Voting Section, 1800G
    Washington, D.C. 20530  

    "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." - A. Einstein

    by FWIW on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:39:15 PM PST

    •  Also : 1-866-My-Vote-1 (0+ / 0-)

      From Common Cause :  1-866-My-Vote-1

      I have seen this number advertised on cable/network news at the "election fraud hotline."

      "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." - A. Einstein

      by FWIW on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:49:30 PM PST

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    •  Read carefully. (0+ / 0-)

      The rights protected by federal, as opposed to state, law in the voting context are relatively limited.

      You do, however, have the right not to be purged from the voter rolls inappropriately.  If they suspect you of having moved, they have to send a nonforwardable mailing; if that is returned undelivered, they have to send you a forwardable mailing and may require that you present proof of address when you vote.

      If you have actually moved and did not reregister or change your own address on your voter reg file, there's nothing DOJ can do to help.

      DOJ does enforce the provisional ballot requirements of HAVA.

      Aside from that, they have to deny you the right to vote based on race, color, creed, sex, religion, national origin, disability, language minority status, etc.

      Four hundred years ago, we were all illegal aliens according to the Comanche.

      by DC Pol Sci on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 07:00:11 PM PST

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  •  By the time... (1+ / 0-)
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    Cream City

    ...lawbreakers are held accountable (and discussions of vote suppression continue to be suppressed on Daily Kos), those who take office illegally will have long since served out their terms.  

    Can the glacial judicial system keep up with the vagaries of election theft?  Obviously not.  And who needs all those "activist judges" anyway?  LOL

    Be prepared.  Be vigilant. And let's do everything we can to ensure that no citizen is denied his or her right to vote.

    The time to implement this mandate is long gone.  Those of us who saw "dirty tricks and suppression tactics" two years ago were slapped down as conspiracy theorists on DKos for two years running, and for two years running any discussion of vote theft was punishable by banning from Daily Kos.  

    Has anything changed all of a sudden?  Or... will eye-witness accounts of people being disenfranchised still be treated as crackpot conspiracy theory?  Will I be afraid to speak about the voter suppression I witness for fear of being banned?

    Thanks, Georgia10, but way way too little, way way way way too late.  Anyway, why should you care?  You are on the front page where you want to be.

    Tomorrow, I'll be out there voting, because it is my right to vote and I will exercise that right no matter what.

    Say goodbye to the cosmic illusion.

    by super simian on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:40:34 PM PST

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    numbers beginning RIGHT NOW THROUGH TOMORROW?

    We got a suspicious phone call while working in our home craft biz today, to tell us who to call to find where to vote.

    Suspicious because we don't go to polls, we're all mail-in.

    On the other hand, the speaker talked too fast and we couldn't catch the number. A Republican misdirection wouldn't have bungled the call that way.

    I spent what little time I could as glue was drying, on county and state Dem sites and couldn't find any voter assistance or vote-protection contact info.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy....--ML King, "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:44:44 PM PST

  •  Color me underwhelmed (0+ / 0-)

    So I'm supposed to be comforted that the Justice Department, the same clowns that were overruled by Senior officials in their department in the Texas redistricting case... have got our backs here?

    I think I'ma gonna be sick.

    Some folks trust to reason. Others trust to might. I don't trust to nothing. But I know it come out right.

    by dalemac on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:48:19 PM PST

  •  Here’s how the 2006 mid-term election was (0+ / 0-)

    From Greg Palast :

    "Note the past tense. And I’m not kidding. And shoot me for saying this, but it won’t be stolen by jerking with the touch-screen machines (though they’ll do their nasty part). While progressives panic over the viral spread of suspect computer black boxes, the Karl Rove-bots have been tunneling into the vote vaults through entirely different means."

    For six years now, our investigations team, at first on assignment for BBC TV and the Guardian, has been digging into the nitty-gritty of the gaming of US elections. We’ve found that November 7, 2006 is a day that will live in infamy. Four and a half million votes have been shoplifted. Here’s how they’ll do it, in three easy steps:

    Read Greg Palast's full article here

  •  Not just suppression, but garden-variety screwups (0+ / 0-)

    Even "nice" communities can have malfunctioning voting machines, defective ballots, or election officials who have a faulty understanding of election law.

    I'll be doing election protection in my nice community and the nice one next door. I'm hoping for a quiet day, but you just don't know. Our entire county has switched over to opti-scan technology for this election cycle.

    "We grow too soon old and too late smart."--Pennsylvania Dutch saying.

    by Dump Terry McAuliffe on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:55:43 PM PST

  •  I don't think the Republicans can win an election (0+ / 0-)

    fair and square. They have a long history of being the party of dirty tricks. At least as long ago as Richard Nixon. In fact I think they don't think they can win a fair election and that is why they steal it. If we let them steal this one, we need to do some soul searching and take action and investigate and prosecute them for their illegal activities.

  •  Colorado (0+ / 0-)

    The DOJ is going to monitor polling locations in 3 counties near me. Not mine though.

    I'm an election judge and we've been told to expect poll watchers. But, they have to have a certificate from our Elections Dept. saying they are certified watchers representing a certain party before they can watch.

    I'm instructed to call our elections dept. if there is any trouble or any problems. But, I'm taking the 866 OUR VOTE number, the number for DEM VOTE and my local dem party.

    Everybody keep these numbers on you, for yourself, and in case you run into someone in the parking lot who has had a problem.

    CO-04: Say no to bigots in Congress like Marilyn Musgrave.

    by OLinda on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:59:45 PM PST

  •  It's been said (0+ / 0-)

    above, much more eloquent than I could ever say it, but I just want to be on record as one who is frustrated and saddened that we need to monitor in 2006 the polling places in the birthplace of democracy to ensure no hanky-pank occurs.

    Sad state of affairs if you ask me. But a natural result of Rethuglican rule, I guess. Another reason to vote those bastards out tomorrow.

  •  From My Diary (1+ / 0-)
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    In 2004, I was a Commander for Election Protection in San Francisco.  As an attorney and a ready volunteer - I worked 2-18 hour days helping to direct people to attorneys in most/all of the Western States.

    Here are some of the things I dealt with on Election Day in 2004:

    1.  Posters of Rumsfeld and Bush at voting precincts.
    1.  No pens or lights at voting precincts.
    1.  Democratic voters were called days before the election and told that their precinct had changed.  They were given precinct locations that were not on the map.  One voter *69'd the call and got the state's Republican party.
    1.  Police cars were parked outside of voting precincts in black districts in order to intimidate black voters.
    1.  People were being polled by precinct workers in line as to their political party so that they could be "put in the proper line".
    1.  So-called "poll watchers" intimidating blacks and minorities in line to vote.

    We must be vigilant tomorrow and not take anything for granted.  Tomorrow is important people!  Everyone has the right to vote in peace and without intimidation.

    I encourage everyone to keep this number at hand:  1-866-OUR-VOTE.  This number is for the Voter Hotline run by groups affiliated with Election Protection.

    Fight - be strong - and don't let ANYONE tell us to stop counting or to stop asking that EVERY VOTE BE COUNTED!


    "Equations are the devil's sentences." - Stephen Colbert

    by Rotobabe on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 07:05:32 PM PST

  • Feeds Election Protection (1+ / 0-)
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    Just a note that 's widget also feeds real-time data to Election Protection who will follow-up on the issues.  The data also goes to some local organizations and a few other national voter protection orgs.

  •  Oh I feel so much safer (1+ / 0-)
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    knowing that Alberto Gonzalez' Justice Department is on the job.

    ::::rolls eyes::::

    Fever at 101.2 and since I've just broken a sweat, it'll probably go down. I'm working tomorrow if it kills me.

  •  Until we can have validation... (0+ / 0-)

    ...done on each machine such as that required by the FDA for scientific instruments at drug manufacturers the vote will never be safe.  

    Required random and systematic tests.

    BushCo Policy... If you aren't outraged, you haven't been paying attention. -3.25 -2.26

    by Habanero on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 07:24:20 PM PST

  •  Justice Dept. to monitor polls (1+ / 0-)
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    Freedom is always at the beginning and not at the end. - Jiddu Krishnamurti

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 07:31:26 PM PST

    •  this racially-challenged young man (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
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      was stopped and told that blacks couldn't vote.  As he slowly pulled the Constitution out of his pocket, the Dept. of Justice thugs lawyers cocked their laser guns.

      He began to read from the Constitution, the 15th amendment.  

      He was stopped abruptly, and told that he couldn't fool them!  There were only 10 commandments!!

      Freedom is always at the beginning and not at the end. - Jiddu Krishnamurti

      by AlyoshaKaramazov on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 07:41:37 PM PST

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  •  EP in MS (0+ / 0-)

    At MS Center for Justice, we're doing the election protection work in cooperation with the Lawyers Committee and NAACP LDF. We'll see how it goes, in this first serious election since Katrina.

  •  1st time poll watcher (0+ / 0-)

    There will be many a poll watchers tomorrow.  If you have a problem or see that any other people are having a problem at the polls when you are there, please report it to your poll watcher and on your own if you choose.  This is the first time I have signed on do to this, but we all know how important this is.

    dress for dinner and be discreet.

    by moodyinsavannah on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 07:32:10 PM PST

  •  bush visits suggest theft? (1+ / 0-)
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    tony snow includes bush's recent travels for recent republican lifts in the polls. bush also campaigned for saxby chamblis when he 'overcame' a huge deficit overnight to 'win' over popular max cleland- a monster switch that came after some computer shenannegans. to steal elections they have to provide excuses for the sudden switches and momentum changes to keep the people from picking up the pitchforks right away.  watch where bush and chenney go. they can also say bush had the power to energize the base and pull it out.

  •  Potential Voter Suppression Updates - NM, AZ (0+ / 0-)

    Be aware of some problems in NM and AZ that cropped up on the Election Protection hotline today.

    In NM, voters have received misleading flyers telling them to go to the wrong precinct to vote tomorrow.  To make matters worse, polling places in NM have changed since the last election.  Online polling place lookups are likely to lead you to the wrong place.  Call your county board of elections in the a.m. to confirm your polling place location.  That is the only absolutely reliable source of information right now.  Call EP 1-866-OUR-VOTE anytime after 6 a.m. Pacific time (7 a.m. in NM) for help.

    In AZ, groups appear to be organizing to challenge voters in and around Tucson based on citizenship status.  Please report any voter intimidation or suppression incidents to the EP hotline ASAP 1-866-OUR-VOTE.  En espanol 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA.

    We'll be ready for your calls bright and early tomorrow - I am on duty starting at 5:45 a.m. Ugh!

    Progressive activism is the triumph of hope over experience.

    by Femlaw on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 07:50:46 PM PST

  •  Are Repug closing the spread TV says so (0+ / 0-)

    talking heads on  CBS  and NBc

    saying big lead by Dems in recent polls
    is becoming less .

  •  As you point out. . .. (0+ / 0-)

    . . .a lot good people are making a tremendous effort to ensure accurate election results.  But I can take no encouragement from the deployment of personnel from the Bush Justice Department.  I'd rather not have those sons-of-bitches anywhere near the polling places.  You can bet that every reptile sent from under that rock has past the Reich's political litmus test.  

    The time is now. Damn it, the time is ALWAYS now!

    by PrairieCorrespondent on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 08:22:15 PM PST

  •  Just got back (0+ / 0-)

    from picking up my poll-watcher's kit for tomorrow.  We're a little short, so it looks like I'll be at the polls for twelve hours.

    One of our tireless workers had a birthday today.  Bruce Braley took time out from what must be the busiest day of his life to call Rob and sing "Happy Birthday" to him over the phone.  

    I'm proud to work for people like that.


  •  "And it's not just citizens... (0+ / 0-)

    ... who are going to be monitoring the polls.  The Department of Justice is stepping up as well."

    Oh, well, then we have nothing to worry about! I've seen the posts here testifying to the integrity and  honesty of the rank and file at DOJ. I agree. But I'm also a realist. The public actions of any organization are determined by it's leadership - not the rank and file. The only weapon we as a people have to fight voter fraud is overwhelming voter turnout. If we can bring that about, we can change this country. Vote democrat. Win the House. Let the subpoenas fall like rain from the heavens.

    Man has only those rights he can defend -- Jack McCoy

    by danno50 on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 08:49:35 PM PST

  •  Election Integrity (0+ / 0-)

    Thanks for posting this diary.

    Added the "Election Integrity" tag.

    Folks interested in this topic are pooling information at
    and check dkosopedia on Voting_Rights for further resources.

    Please think about Serving_as_an_election_official  in your local precinct next election

    List_of_election_integrity_hotlines_and_addresses should prove useful for Election Day too.

    Solar is civil defense. Video of my small scale solar experiments at

    by gmoke on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 10:16:57 PM PST

  •  "it's all over but the counting" - peter king (0+ / 0-)

    being primarily a political poet and artist, these are some of my thoughts and feelings as the election draws nearer. this seemed like an appropriate place to share them. good luck to everyone on tuesday.

    "it's all over but the counting"

    if richard perle is the prince of darkness
    then karl rove is the joker, the trickster.
    brer karl indeed has an october surprise
    but it ain't even much of a surprise, folks.
    if we weren't so gullible and blind we might
    see it coming but once again
    we are being led through a charade
    about which we haven't the slightest.
    listen up, children, midterm election 06
    in the land of e pluribus unum
    has already been stolen.
    the rehearsals, dress and
    otherwise have been flawless.
    it's all over now but
    the compulsory exercize
    called election day.
    it is a long incredibly boring performance
    but it is only a second-rate warm up act.
    the real magic, the sleight of hand,
    the time when you want to keep
    hold of your daughters and your pocketbook
    is the counting.
    "it's all over but the counting,
    and we'll take care of the counting."
    so sayeth new york representative peter king
    in a clip one can find all over the internets.
    although i have seen this clip many times
    over the past two years it has only really
    hit me, and i mean hit me,
    like an ali haymaker, very recently.

    don't get me wrong, brothers and sisters
    i am voting on tuesday. hell i'm even signed up
    as an observer. i should be a pollworker
    and get paid but if i'm going to spend
    all day at the polls i want observer's status
    where i can see and record everything that there is
    left to see that day.
    but as we all should know, should know i say
    if the biggest trickster of all, the unseeing eye,
    the electronic hearth,  had told us, and i mean told us
    like it was as important as jon benet, brittany, or paris
    or if we'd bother to read the newspapers
    or got on the web and dug till our fingers bled
    and our eyes ached.
    hold on a sec while i dismount from this high steed,
    step off my soap box temporarily
    to realize in a moment of humility
    that many people know exactly
    what's going on and it is i
    that am clueless and delusional,
    thinking that perhaps we can turn this around,
    that we can change, that this crumbling,
    and therefore more dangerous
    empire we live in, can become
    something more than a prisonhouse
    a destroyer of civilizations, that somehow
    magically it will one day be transformed
    into the fairly tale land that many of us
    grew up believing it was.
    one may say it is wrong to speak of a stolen election
    right before the stolen election, that maybe some voters
    will be discouraged and stay home that day.
    let me get this straight,
    this would be the 500,000, did he just say 500,000
    ohio voters purged since the year 2000 election?
    they weren't republican in case you were wondering.
    or maybe it would be the homeless, the aged, students,
    those with military i.d.'s that don't have a
    local address.almost forgot (but not quite)
    brer karl's october surprise, his secret polls
    that we, the great unwashed, are not privy to.
    (secret polls, get it?)
    the all-knowing bk is not referring to
    gallop, zogby, or washingtoon post/abc,
    but rather the shadow polling places
    the counting houses, bought and paid for
    twenty times over by we the people,
    run by the corporatistas
    lock, stock, and barrel,
    don't ya know.

    so what.
    did miles the enigmatic mean that as a question
    or a statement? something to ponder at our leisure?
    on tuesday i will get up ridiculously early
    and extremely cranky to observe
    at a polling place i have yet to be assigned.
    some of the counties will not even
    accept us as observers if that can be believed.
    i will be armed with my digital camera
    with its three minutes of continuous video capability.
    i will pack a lunch and some snacks, a lot of phone numbers
    and copies of voting rights documents.
    not since the folksong army
    has been seen such a similarly armed poplulace
    wanting to take their country back
    or at least to find out
    where someone has parked it.
    and at the end of the day,
    or week, or year
    i will know
    a little more about
    the country
    i think i live in.

    for the curious, there is more at these links.

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