Make Them Steal Your Vote - Election Protection

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There's been much wringing of hand and gnashing of tooth over the impending 2006 Stolen Elections (myself included). With stories breaking into the corporate MSM (esp. Lou Dobbs on CNN) of Dieblod's voting machine vulnerabilities, touch screen machines flipping votes to repubs in S FL, and voting machine "sleep-overs" in San Diego,CA.

While not, perhaps, the intended effect, this news has the psychological effect of discouraging and dissuading active participation in our democratic process (ie: Voter Suppression). The wife, however, in her infinite wisdom, has a simple answer to these developments - "I'm going to vote, they're not going to stop me, I'm going to make them steal my vote". So what can we do to catch the Republican Dirty Tricksters trying to steal our votes? Below are listed several Election Protection initiatives to help stop the disenfranchisement by the Republican election suppression machine and maybe catch them red-handed. Make them steal your vote....

There are several ways to participate in Election Protection activities. One of the latest is called Video the Vote. Our own Bob Fertik has started a Blue Revolution slated for election night. There are toll-free hotlines to call in problems. Even do-it yourself exit polling...

  • Election Protection Hotline. If you encounter any problem in the voting process call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) for English or 1-888-VEY-VOTA (1-888-839-8682 para la ayuda en espanol).
  • Working Asset's Voter Protection Immediate Response Network. We may not have enough time to email you, but we can deliver a text message or place a call straight to your phone with a short and easy action that could help save the election. Signing up takes only a moment, and you'll be a great service in helping protect the election. We may need to urge the local election offices to keep the polls open to compensate for delayed poll openings, such as what happened in Maryland's primary this year. We might push for more voting machines to be delivered to precincts with very long lines. We may need to show up in person and witness poll-closing procedures. We might also need to show up in person at our county election offices to protest voter fraud or voter intimidation at the polls. And we may need people to go with video cameras in hand, interview voters who've had problems, and then post that video to the web. You can also sign-up with WA partner, the Ruckus Society...
  • People for the American Way's Election Protection 365. National, state, and local members of the Election Protection coalition are working at a fever pitch to get this historic voter protection program's Election Day components ready to go. Are you part of the effort? People For the American Way Foundation has taken responsibility inside the coalition to help in five key states: Ohio, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Florida and New Jersey. We need you to help us there. Can you volunteer?
  • Election Verification Exit Poll. To protect the vote count, we must have an independent way to assess the will of the voters. For this reason, the Vote Count Protection Project includes an Election Verification Exit Poll. In selected precincts, we will interview a representative sample of voters to determine their choices of candidates. The raw data, precinct by precinct, will be publicly posted. This transparency will allow statisticians of every political stripe to perform independent analyses. Note that media-sponsored exit polls, such as the 2004 US Presidential exit poll, do not make their raw data available in this way, and are not Election Verification Exit Polls. Read the Election Verification Exit Poll plan details (PDF, 104Kb).
  • Do Your Own Exit Poll: While we cannot take responsibility for exit polls that we do not supervise ourselves, there is no harm in your doing a poll in your own region. Here are instructions for doing your own election verification exit poll...
  • Election Defense Alliance. The purpose of EDA is to help build and coordinate a comprehensive, cohesive national strategy for the election integrity movement, in order to regain public control of the voting process in the United States, and to insure that the process is honest, transparent, secure, subject to unambiguous verification, and worthy of the public trust.
  • Verified Voting.org's Election Transparency Project. Do you wonder whether your vote counts? Are you losing faith in our electoral process? Do you think our elections are as accurate as they should be? Are you concerned that the results might be vulnerable to fraud or machine failure?
  • VotersUnite.org. A non-partisan national grassroots resource for fair and accurate elections! We believe in the power of facts.
  • Video the Vote. In 2000 and 2004, problems plagued the polls in different parts of the country: long lines, eligible voters turned away, voter intimidation, misallocation and malfunctioning of voting equipment. They were underreported on Election Day. Days and weeks later, a more complete picture of voter disenfranchisement emerged—but it was too late. The elections were over and the media had moved on. Starting this election, citizen journalists—people like you and I—will document problems as they occur. We'll play them online, spread word through blogs and partner websites, doing our part to make sure the full story of our elections is told.
  • VelvetRevolution.us has launched an Election Protection Strike Force as a new approach to grassroots action, a multi-pronged campaign to put elections back in the hands of the people. The Election Protection Strike Force will target electronic voting problems and voter disenfranchisement schemes through: $250,000 ELECTION FRAUD REWARD FUND to encourage whistleblowers to share information about election rigging. This reward will be paid for information about election fraud leading to overturning a House or Senate. Hotline - call: 1-888 VOTETIP

If you know of any other Election Protection initiatives please list them below in comments. Also check Alternet editor Don Hazen's excellent article "How to Stop the November Elections from Being Stolen" quoting democrats.com's own Bob Fertik...

...So what do you tell voters to help them combat this psychological problem that could depress voting? "I tell voters we have to win by such an overwhelming margin that it isn't close enough to steal," says Bob Fertik, the head of Democrats.com, an activist web site not part of the Democratic party, that calls themselves aggressive progressives...

...Democrats.com's Bob Fertik says, "We have to get involved in organized efforts to audit the elections by groups like www.ElectionDefenseAlliance.org, www.VelvetRevolution.us, www.BlackBoxVoting.org, etc. I'd also like to see Democratic voters hold candlelight vigils outside each county's board of elections after the polls close, holding signs saying 'Count Every Vote' and 'No More Stolen Elections!' Imagine a Blue Revolution, every bit as joyous and historic as the Orange Revolution in Ukraine, the Cedar Revolution Lebanon, the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia -- right here in the United States of America...."

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You did a great job, CactusPat!

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Excellent organization! You built a great resource!

Election Protection

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CactusPat - thanks for your work. I am very involved in Election Protetion in CA.
I have made a similar list of non partisan and partisan efforts. We have many of the same efforts listed. I have also written a manual about monitoring the count in CA and have check lists for election incidents and reporting.
Here is my list

ELECTION DAY MONITORING RESOURCES for CALIFORNIA
11/3/06

FINDING HELP IMMEDIATELY

Partisan

1. California Democratic Party’s Promote and Protect the Vote Program
1- 877-321-VOTE (8683)
A central group of lawyers who will route your call to someone regional if needed.

Non Partisan
1. Election Protection Hotline www.866ourvote.org
1-866-687-8683 / 1-866-OUR-VOTE
1-(888) VeY-Vota / 1-(888) 839-8682 para la ayuda en español
On election day will have a phone bank in San Francisco. Lawyers out in the field in possible problem jurisdictions. They will have people at polling places and roving lawyers. People For the American Way partnering with Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights and NAACP. . www.866ourvote.org

INCIDENT REPORTING

1. Secretary of State
To contact the Fraud and Investigations Unit, please call (916) 657-2166 or you can lodge a recorded complaint by calling 1-800-345-VOTE.
http://www.ss.ca.gov/elections/elections_fraud.htm
Unclear as to whether this only pertains to HAVA violations.

2. Election Protect Coalition
1-866-OUR-VOTE
Call in your incident and operators will ask you questions and put data in a national database. No web form. You can also e-mail at 866ourvote@gmail.com.

3. Election Day Bloggers Legal Guide
http://citmedia.org/projects/electiondaylaw
will be doing FAQ about what is legal to photograph, etc.

4. Video the Vote
http://www.videothevote.org/
Be careful to follow the laws for your state and county for this one. Starting this election, citizen journalists—people like you and I—will document problems as they occur. We'll play them online, spread word through blogs and partner websites, doing our part to make sure the full story of our elections is told.

EVIDENCE OF FRAUD

1. Election Protection Strike Force
Election Fraud Hotline
1-888 VOTETIP
http://www.velvetrevolution.us/electionstrikeforce/

2. Secretary of State
To contact the Fraud and Investigations Unit, please call (916) 657-2166 or you can lodge a recorded complaint by calling 1-800-345-VOTE.
http://www.ss.ca.gov/elections/elections_fraud.htm

HELPING TO PROTECT

1. Working Assets
http://www.workingassets.com/election_protection.cfm
We'll text you on election day if there's an urgent issue where your participation -- such as a phone call or carefully-targeted local action -- can make a big difference.

2. Sign up help monitor the McNerney-Pombo race
e-mail Kari at kk@rjp.com

3. Election Defense Alliance
http://www.electiondefensealliance.org/
Independent exit polls, poll closing data collection, etc

4. www.protectmyvote.org
Providing bilingual essential information and resources to voters and other organizations at no charge

ELECTION PROCESS MONITORING

https://www.verifiedvotingfoundation.org/article.php?id=6390
Election Transparency – fill our survey forms about your county’s actions.
Gathering info for best practices

MONITORING MANUALS AND GUIDEBOOKS

http://www.countedascast.com/monitoring.php
See Michelle Gabriel’s Election Monitoring. Monitoring before, during and after the election. Checklists TBD.

http://electiondefensealliance.org/sav_r_vote_election_monitoring_field_...
Riverside County – very detailed- with forms – focusing on Sequoia DRE

IMPORTANT FOR CALIFORNIA VOTERS

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If you are in California and your area is voting on those touchscreen machines, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO ASK FOR A PAPER BALLOT. This is NOT a provisional ballot -- It's a REAL ballot and will be counted with the rest. When you enter the polling area, simply ask for one.

Maybe our Secretary of State, McPherson, got visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past or something, but he has stated that EVERY poll location where the touchscreens are located, SHALL HAVE PAPER BALLOTS AVAILABLE for those who want them.

The Repukican areas were trying to limit the paper ballots to a measly 100 per district. So if they try and tell you they ran out, TELL THEM TO GO AND FIND YOU ONE! You have the right to vote on a paper ballot in this election as per the Secretary of State.

This may be because McPherson fears losing this election to Debra Bowen (and so he SHOULD!) and he is doing this to try and make himself seem more like her.

Thank you, truthseeker.

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David Swanson posted this a few weeks ago.

http://www.democrats.com/node/10439

Now, the local TV stations need to know this.
I'm going to call KABC and tell them this needs
to get out there.

Yesterday, they did a story on Diebold machine
voting and the hacking that is done on them.

OK- I waited to hear, " but you can ask for a paper ballot".
No such thing. So I'm going to call them and tell them to
get the word out!!

Print out McPherson's memo from

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David's thread.

http://tinyurl.com/ye2kl6

I did and I'm taking it with me tomorrow
when I vote.

Show them the evidence in case you get any
crap about not having paper ballots.

Democrats

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Bonnie(Provence)Shiro
I hope this all happens in 2006, and my face is RED!
Bonnie

Don't give it another thought Bonnie...

This list is the result of almost 7 years of thinking. Welcome to the site.

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Couldn't vote for Isacrook

even if he was the last candidate alive.  How 'bout you?

 

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Reports of Voting Problems in Ohio and other places

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I am watching MSNBC right now and they are reporting there is voting problems in Ohio and other places including problems with the electronic voting machines. They are also discussing possible voter intimidation in Virginia. My problem with this is, MSNBC isn't actually talking about the voting problems. They mention it and then change to another look at a poll between candidates. I would think that voting problems would be a bigger story then seeing what people think about two candidates. I wasn't sure if anyone has heard about this yet so I figured I would throw it out there.

Election Protection 2006 on DemocracyNow!

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Amy Goodman had a segment on Election Protection this morn with Barbara Arnwine, executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Probs already being reported early....

AMY GOODMAN: It's good to have you with us. People are already going to the polls. What have you heard, and how are you protecting the elections today?

BARBARA ARNWINE: Well, we have over 2,000 lawyers spread over 19 states, making sure that we can respond, if necessary, either with litigation, either with working, interfacing with election officials or in the polling sites, correcting problems all over those 19 states, several counties. We're also running the nationwide hotline, the 1-866-OUR-VOTE hotline, 1-866-OUR-VOTE, 1-866-687-8683. We are receiving calls literally from all over the country. The hotline is just extremely busy.

We are hearing the following problems. ID laws, they are causing major chaos throughout the country, lots of confusion. A whole lot of states, where there are no photo identification requirements, people are making folks produce photo IDs, even though there’s no such requirement legally. Indeed, many people might have read that the Secretary of State of Missouri herself was requested to provide ID three times yesterday, even though she has -- their state does not require it at this time.

Machine problems, big problems. The most common problem we're hearing about is mis-registration of votes, that when people vote for one candidate, it's saying it’s the other candidate. That's a big problem all over the country.

Polling places not opening, we’ve had that in Pennsylvania, some in Ohio. Illinois, believe it or not, has been one of our worst states this morning. And most of those problems are the lack of machines and the refusal of poll workers to give provisional ballots, as required by federal law.

The other things we're seeing, again, is no provisional ballots not being given in other states. We have gotten a lot of calls from the big states so far -- have been Pennsylvania, Illinois -- Ohio dominates the hotline right now with the most problems -- Maryland, Georgia, and Florida. Those are the states that we're hearing from with a lot, a lot of issues.

AMY GOODMAN: And again, the phone number, it’s 866-OUR-VOTE? ...

read or stream the rest at http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/07/1445252

If you can find the time, go over to DU and scan...

late breaking news, general discussion, and discussion politics for the probs that are surfacing.

Far to many to link to:

Here are some of the highlights:

Gov. of SC failed the ID test...turned away till he could get his documents in order--press with him were all cracking up while the gov got on the phone to whoever he had to call.

Screaming Jean Schmidt in Ohio couldn't get her Diebold machine to vote the way she wanted it to. LOL!

In Kentucky, poll worker dragged away by police after grabbing and choking one of the voters.

Lots of malfunctions.

Chico CA...voting machine left in car over the weekend(election officials car)was stolen between Sun night and 7:30am Monday. Police found the machine about 2pm Monday in a nearby alley.

...and the list goes on.

Safeguards seem to be holding up well including the emergency numbers to call in case of poll troubles.

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Anne Hathaway: 1556-1623

The greatest derangement of the mind is to believe in something because one wishes it to be so.

Louis Pasteur

Thanks for that tip. I was

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Thanks for that tip. I was especially interested in comments about Ohio. I voted this morning with out any problem, unfortunately it's looking like many others can't say that.
Raw Story was running a story about a "nightmare" election day in Denver, due to machines malfunctioning.

Msfitts, from what I saw about an hour ago or so...

there were some huge problems in Cleveland in heavy dem areas. The cards wouldn't work, the machines wouldn't work, the cell phone provided to the poll workers wouldn't work at one place...and promised help due in 5-10 minutes took some three hours to arrive.

A mind once expanded can never return to its original dimensions.

Anne Hathaway: 1556-1623

The greatest derangement of the mind is to believe in something because one wishes it to be so.

Louis Pasteur

I'm sure that's the case --

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I'm sure that's the case -- but the local new is talking like there were only a few minor disruptions.....
Just Breaking: Dems may flie a lawsuit in Cuyahoga County to keep polls open longer....

Hello Grinch

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and all of your fellow citizens who are resisting the traitors'aggression: I am watching you either win or catch them red-handed, this time! :=))
It looks like it is already a mess in terms of voting machines.
There's enough material for a comedy and a tragedy, it depends upon who will prevail in the final act.

It really is Silvie...tinhorn dictators are a dime a dozen...

this one of ours--The Little Tramp--is worth maybe a quarter of a cent a pound.

Kublai Khan was a real disaster...this one only is a wanna-be.

The Human Comedy, all wrapped up in our goofy attempts to vote as a democratic republic should.

Many lawyers will be able to retire after the smoke settles from this one.

A mind once expanded can never return to its original dimensions.

Anne Hathaway: 1556-1623

The greatest derangement of the mind is to believe in something because one wishes it to be so.

Louis Pasteur

TrueVoteMD.org has an Election Day Hotline

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Call 301-270-6150 from 6:30 am through 9:00 pm to report any problems you may experience or witness with voting on Election Day.

V-day @ LOVEspace.org

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http://LOVEspace.org - check out latest blog with good links
http://DoMoreThanVote.org - another excellent V-day resource
http://VelvetRevolution.us reward now $500K for V-fraud tips
and MoveOn now offering another $250K for whisteblowers:
http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=75874