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So many wonderful, inspiring stories about volunteers and OFA staffers doing GOTV this weekend! And the one abiding idea that has started burning in my mind is that heads have gotta roll (metaphorically of course) after this election! We must remove from office those individuals - from county election supervisors to Secretaries of State - who are making bad decisions about the way our elections are conducted in this country.

Sure, there is dirty money funding them and dirty companies doing their dirty work.

But none of that could happen if we simply decided en masse that we were not going to tolerate elected officials disenfranchising voters in this country.

I just read a comment in another diary:

I was in Philly yesterday (10+ / 0-)

and heard this story from another volunteer...

She knocked on a door looking for a young man on the canvass list. His dad answered and explained that his son was away at college (in Pennsylvania). His son had requested an absentee ballot in the mail, but never received it.

That young man is planning to go to class on Tuesday, then drive four hours back to Philly, vote with his dad for Obama, then drive back to school.

That's how much casting a vote for Obama means to him.

by brooklynliberal on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 10:56:46 AM EST

Which inspired me to ask:

Where was that young man's absentee ballot?
Why have voters with Latino sounding names been purged?
Why are early voting lines 9 hours long in Florida?
Why was there only 1 early voting site in my Indiana county?
Why are there never enough machines in a Democratic precinct?
Why are Federal elections on a friggin' Tuesday??

The list goes on and on ... and we know the answer before we even ask the question.

We cannot forget. Each one of us needs to take responsibility for change in our precinct, our county, our state and our country.

After the election we need OFA and their awesome organizers to have our backs as we pursue this with single-minded focus in all 50 states!!!

I just learned that this diary has been rescued by the Elections crew and will reach a larger audience this evening. Many thanks! And I would like to ask everyone who reads this to add to my original list of questions.

What else needs to change?
What can you personally do to "be the change"?
What are you willing to pledge to do to keep this idea alive and build momentum across all 50 states?

We can do this. Yes. We. Can.

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