Originally published October 31, 2012
With election day less than a week away, the spectre of another stolen election is upon us. The airwaves and internet are at last filling with discussion of this possibility.
When the first stories were broken by a handful of us after the fiascos of Florida 2000 and Ohio 2004, there was a stunning silence, followed by a wide range of attacks. Today the warnings about the possibility of another election theft are taken with increasing gravity.
The question is deep and profound, with a huge body of research and writing surrounding it.
But among the many concerns, two are key: massive disenfranchisement, and manipulation of the electronic vote count.
There is no doubt the Republican party has done much to prevent likely Democrats from voting. This "Jim/Juan Crow" strategy has included legislation aimed at requiring photo ID as a means of restricting the vote. This involves financial and other burdens that would prevent as many as ten million citizens from voting according to the Brennan Center at New York University, the vast bulk of them likely Democrats.
All these tactics are being choreographed as part of a larger strategy aimed at slashing the vote count among minorities and other target groups not only in the presidential race, but for control of Congress and statewide offices, and in key referenda over such issues as labeling GMO food, legalizing marijuana and more.
ELECTRONIC VOTE THEFT
Until we have money out of politics, abolition of the Electoral College, universal automatic voter registration and universal hand-counted paper ballots, there is no hope for real democracy in this country. As election protection advocates, activists and investigators, we urge everyone to pay very close attention to what happens in this election, to work to prevent the terrible abuses we see forthcoming, and to follow in the coming years with a powerful social movement that will deliver real democracy to this country.
Which candidate gets your vote is not our concern here. As Americans, we agree on one thing: all citizens must have their right to a ballot and to have it counted. In the long run, our one best hope for a sustainable future is the power of an fully enfranchised people.
Joan Brunwasser is election integrity editor of www.opednews.com; Sally Castleman is National Chairperson, Election Defense Alliance; Victoria Collier edits www.VoteScam.org, and wrote "How to Rig an Election," Harper's Magazine, October 2012; Bob Fitrakis publishes www.freepress.org and co-wrote WILL THE GOP STEAL AMERICA'S 2012 ELECTION?; Emily Levy has worked for secure, transparent, verifiable and accessible elections since 2004, and has investigated suspicious elections in Ohio, California, and Wisconsin; Mark Crispin Miller wrote LOSER TAKE ALL and FOOLED AGAIN; Greg Palast wrote BILLIONAIRES AND BALLOT BANDITS and VULTURE'S PICNIC; Jonathan Simon is Executive Director of Election Defense Alliance, a nonprofit organization working to bring transparent elections and observable vote counting back to America, and has been involved in election forensics analysis since 2002; Harvey Wasserman co-wrote HOW THE GOP STOLE AMERICA'S 2004 ELECTION and WILL THE GOP STEAL AMERICA'S 2012 ELECTION?