I early-voted on Saturday, and I'm not confident at all that my vote will be counted or that it won't be flipped. I live in Illinois, but the very idea that my vote could "spoil" for JiSM III makes me sick to my stomach. The pamphlets sent out to voters in my county stated that a paper ballot would be an option, but there were NO paper ballots at my early voting site, only these awful touch screen machines. I almost said "No thank you" and went home, and now I wish I had, or at least raised more of a fuss.
BradBlog has more coverage on ILLEGAL vote flipping in West Virginia. Is anyone still in doubt as to whether this is partisan or not? Oh, yes, all of these DVMs made by rich Republican-donating companies just mysteriously seem to spoil 100% for McCain. You conspiracy theorists need to be on a rooftop somewhere.
I'm sick and tired of this. I want to live in a country that has fair elections, and I want it NOW. Not next year, not after the inauguration, but immediately. I want my vote to say what I say.
No more bullshit voter fraud "scandals" while illegal, felonious election fraud goes uncovered by the media. No more Secretaries of State rigging their elections through caging and purge lists and getting off scot-free. No more updated Jim Crow laws.
I demand for the U.N. to supervise our elections, whether the U.S. wants them there or not. I demand that all electronic voting machines be thrown in the garbage. I demand a standardized ballot. I demand a paper trail and an objective authority to oversee vote counting. I demand these things as a citizen of a democratic country.
I would say you should write to your congresspeople, but it's too damn ironic. What the hell, do it anyway. Email is free and quick, so spam the shit out of every news organization, election watchdog, and government employee that you can. That's what I'll be doing for the next week.
This is THE most important issue in this election.
Edit: A great piece by RFK Jr. via HuffPo on the ACORN bullshit the GOP is spewing. Like thousands of diaries and blog posts and angry people have said before, voter fraud is a non-issue; the number of people convicted of it in a given election can be counted on ONE HAND out of millions of voters. Equating an individual case of voting incorrectly with throwing millions of votes in swing states in the dumpster is criminal disinformation.