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REPORT VOTER FRAUD: Don’t let your vote go down the toilet! Here’s how (UPDATED 11/3/08)

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Scared witless of another stolen election?

Brain numb? Stomach in knots? Can’t sleep? Feeling helpless? Hopeless? As if the voting booths in America have become little more than fancy-pants outhouses for neatly disposing of our votes? You’re not alone. But we can fight back.. 

This is serious, serious business. Voter purging, disenfranchisement and suppression is epidemic throughout the country. The Republican’s vote-stealing campaign is a powerful, well-oiled machine. Don’t let the hugeness of this issue overwhelm you. Fight back. There’s power in numbers. The more who fight against their sleazy campaign to thwart democracy, the less chance they have to succeed. On this page, you’ll find some tools for fighting back.

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UPDATE NOVEMBER 3, 2008:

Cutting to the chase, here’s a re-cap of the 6 best options for reporting and dealing with voter problems. Write down the phone numbers, below, and take them with you to the polls:

  1. A MUST READ: Please, please read this short Wall Street Journal article before going to the polls – Heading Off Election Day Mishaps Most Pitfalls Have a Remedy, if Voters Are Prepared; Bringing Along Proper ID.  This will help you avoid and/or remedy the more common problems yourself. You want to do whatever you can to avoid getting something called a “provisional ballot,” which is often times the equivalent of throwing your vote down the toilet. 
  2. If you are having a legal problem with your vote, call the Election Protection Hotline at 1-(866) OURVOTE  or (1-866-687-8683). If you are in the midst of voting and have a problem, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR POLLING BOOTH/STATION. YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS CALL BEFORE LEAVING YOUR POLLING STATION. When you call, a pre-recorded voice will answer, asking which state you are from. Enter your two-digit state code on your phone’s keypad. You’ll be forwarded to a legal expert in your state, who can help determine your voting rights.
  3. If you don’t have a legal question but simply want to report a problem you had, you can call a separate hotline 1 (866) MYVOTE1 (866-698-6831) and leave a recorded message. Be sure to leave your name and phone number on the recording if you want someone to investigate your problem.
  4. Report voter problems to Barack Obama’s website at: http://my.barackobama.com/page/s/vpcreport
  5. For overseas voters — both military and civilian — needing help with voting issues & problems, there is information plus a “Voters Help Desk” at Overseas Vote Foundation: https://vhd.overseasvotefoundation.org/ovf/index.php?group=default
  6. I’m not sure if this will be any help, but the Dept. of Justices offers the following advice: If you experience any problem or confusion while voting report the situation to one of the poll workers or election officials immediately. Do not wait until you have finished voting. If the election officials at the polling place are unable or unwilling to help you, the problem should be reported directly to the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. There are no special forms to use or procedures to follow–just call the Civil Rights Division toll-free at (800) 253-3931

Find more info at: Wired Blog Network

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p.s. I encourage readers to pass on any helpful  info/resources to me. I’ll post them here on this page. 

What you can do 

  1. Vote, and urge everyone you know to vote, no matter what.
  2. Fight voter fraud. The links on this page offer excellent info & resources. Check them out, then forward this page to everyone you know, and urge them to forward it to everyone they know. 
  3. Fight complaceny. Be informed and stay informed. Begin by watching the two videos below (15 mintues total). Then devote yourself to staying informed — no matter how godawful depressing and hopeless it may seem — from now until November 4th. It may very well be the most important work you ever do.  

 

SITES TO CHECK OUT

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Steal Back Your Vote with Robert Kennedy Jr. & Greg Palast

Voter suppression is real. It’s a crime. And it’s happening to YOU….. This is a deliberate strategy to keep minorities from voting, senior citizens from voting, young people from voting in an effort to suppress the vote and maintain their hold on power. Our concern is not partisan. We need every American to vote: Democrats and Republicans. You can do all the campaigning you want in a battleground state like Ohio or New Mexico, but if your voters aren’t counted, you’re going to lose the Presidency-and our democracy. But there’s something that you can do to prevent it. Pass on this link: http://www.stealbackyourvote.org. Go to the site. Download copies of this comic book, buy copies in bulk and download STEAL BACK YOUR VOTE: THE MOVIE. Get out the word! There’s still time to steal back your vote! — Robert Kennedy, Jr.

Steal Back Your Vote in 7 Easy Steps, by Robert Kennedy, Jr. and Greg Palast

  1. Don’t, Don’t, DON’T Mail In Your Ballot. For those of you who mailed in your ballot, please tell me, what happened to it? You don’t know, do you? I can tell you that officially, three-fourths of a million absentee ballots were never counted last time, on the weakest of technical excuses. And you won’t even know it. Furthermore, tens of thousands of ballots are not mailed out to voters in time to return them-in which case you’re out of luck. In most states, new voters must now include a photocopy of your ID. Which mis, like, nuts. Every time I hear of a voter going “absentee” to avoid computer screens, I want to “go postal” myself.
  2. Vote Early…very early. Every state now lets voters cast ballots in designated polling stations and at county offices in the weeks before Election Day. Do it. Don’t wait until Election Day to find out you
    have the wrong ID, your registration’s “inactive,” or you’re on a challenge list. By Election Day, there’s little to do but hold up the line.
  3. Register and Register and Register Think you’re registered to vote? Think again. With all this purg’n going on, you could be x’d out and you won’t know it. Check online at www.votersunite.org *. Then register your girlfriend, your wife, your mailman and your mommy. Contact the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Rock the Vote, and your local party organization, and commit to a couple of days of door-to-door registration, especially in minority neighborhoods or at social service agency offices. And if you’ve served the time, you can sign: in almost every state, ex-cons can
    vote. *(for individual/personal state registration info, including deadlines, you can also check here)
  4. Vote Unconditionally, Not Provisionally In 2008, they’ll be handing out provisional ballots like candy, especially to Hispanic voters. If your right to vote is challenged, don’t accept a provisional ballot that will likely not get counted no matter what the sweet little lady at the table tells you. She won’t decide; partisan sharks will. Demand adjudication from poll judges on the spot; demand a call to the supervisor of elections; or return with acceptable ID if possible. And be a champ: defend the rights of others. If you’ve taken Step 1 above and voted early, you have Election Day free to be
    a poll watcher. If your run into trouble – you’ve been caged or purged or challenged – call Election Protection at 1-(866) OURVOTE. Then challenge the challengers, the weird guys with Blackberrys containing lists of “suspect” voters. Be firm, but no biting.
  5. Occupy Ohio, Invade Nevada. The revolution will not be podcast. Let go of that mouse, get out of your PJs and take the resistance door-to-door-to register the vote, to canvass the voters, to get out the vote. Donate time to your union (if you’re not in a union, why not?) or to the troublemakers I’ve
    already listed here and on our site. This may seem a stupendously unoriginal suggestion, but I know of no other method more effective for confronting the armed and dangerous junta that has seized the White House.
  6. Date a voter. Voting, like bowling and love, should never be done alone. As our sponsor, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, says, make a date to ‘Arrive with Five.’ And keep this comic book in your holster – with our 800 numbers and your photo ID in your hand. And Bobby, make sure your ID says, “Robert Kennedy JUNIOR” or your vote is toast. [EDITOR’S NOTE: I have a copy of this comic book. It’s loaded with helpful resources, and it’s well-worth the price — $1 to $1 million, take your pick — with every $100 sending 400 voter guides across the country, where democracy is getting creamed.] 
  7. Make the DemocracY Demand: No Vote Left Behind! I have this crazy fantasy in my head. In it, an election is stolen and the guy who’s wrongly declared the loser stands up in front of the White House and says three magic words: “Count the votes.” You can have all the paper ballots in the world, but if you don’t demand to look at them, publicly, in a recount, you might as well mark
    them with invisible ink. Democracy requires vigilance The Day After. That’s when you check in at http://www.stealbackyourvote.org/one more time.

Are you registered to vote? Do you know where to vote? What ID to bring? The poll hours in your state? About absentee & early voting? Find these answers and more at canivote.org, a nonpartisan web site created by state election officials to help voters with the voting process. At this site, you’ll be able to:  

  • Check your registration info
  • Find your polling place
  • Know what kind of ID to bring
  • Make your vote count: absentee and early voting
  • Learn about the candidates (local and state)
  • Become a poll worker

 

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by Mantis Katz for the canarypapers

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FOR MORE INFO:

Greg Palast’s Steal Back Your Vote site: This page has bookoos of info and links on voter fraud

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  1. I’m an (ex) Ohioan voting (or at least tried to) absentee in the Netherlands so I am not at all surprised that my absentee registration went down that very apropos outhouse toilet. Whether Obama wins or not, and ESPECIALLY if he does not I still want to vote for Obama, but how? There must be some late registration and voting procedures.
    Here’s the history with my emails going down another black hole toilet.

    From: Krisel, Sally [mailto:Sally.Krisel@hamilton-co.org] On Behalf Of BOE-Absent Voting Department
    Sent: Monday, 27 October, 2008 23:04
    To: Carl Hagan
    Cc: Siciliano, Patti; Mallory, Joe
    Subject: RE: Still not being shown as regisgtered!!! URGENT!!!!

    I’m forwarding your email to Patti Siciliano, our staff member who works with overseas voters. She will get back to you.

    Sally J. Krisel, Director
    Hamilton Co. Board of Elections
    824 Broadway
    Cincinnati, OH 45202
    Phone: 513/632-7011
    Fax: 513/579-0988

    From: Carl Hagan [mailto:Carl@hagan.demon.nl]
    Sent: Monday, October 27, 2008 11:23 AM
    To: BOE-Absent Voting Department
    Subject: Still not being shown as regisgtered!!! URGENT!!!!

    Hello,
    I am a U.S. Citizen living in the Netherlands
    Glenn Carl Hagan
    Herenweg 65
    1433 GX
    Kudelstaart
    The Netherlands

    I filled in the online form with my former/last USA address
    2499 Wenatchee Lane
    Cincinnati, Hamilton County
    OH 42230
    Last four SSN 6125
    Date of birth 09/23/1946
    Male
    Email: Carl@hagan.demon.nl

    I obtained my absentee registration/ballot request online and mailed it in to
    Director, County Board of Elections
    824 Broadway
    Ste 3
    Cincinnati, OH 45202-1348
    USA

    I sent in my registration form 12sep8, but the online check shows that I am still not registered!!!!
    What do I do???

    Please reply urgently,
    Thanks,
    Carl Hagan

    Lulliloo

    November 3, 2008 at 4:49 am

  2. Good Morning Carl,
    I am so very sorry to hear of your predicament. I passed your info on to Huffington Post, to draw attention to your plight. You may or may not hear back from them. In the meantime, I would suggest one or all of the following four efforts. I’ve put these in the order of which appear most helpful, although I cannot vouch for the helpfulness of any given site for your particular situation. Good luck to you:

    1. The Overseas Vote Foundation is supposedly able to help in situations like yours, where your registration was apparently not accepted or disappeared down the black hole. (see this address: https://vhd.overseasvotefoundation.org/ovf/index.php?group=default). The actual form is at this address on the site:
    https://vhd.overseasvotefoundation.org/ovf/index.php?_m=tickets&_a=submit&departmentid=1&step=1

    2. Call the voter fraud hotline at STEAL BACK YOUR VOTE, which I mentioned in the above post: 1-(866) OURVOTE (1-866-687-8683). A pre-recorded voice will answer, asking which state you are from. I believe you’d enter “OH” from your phone key pad. They will then connect you with an Ohio worker.

    3. Report this to Barack Obama’s site at: http://my.barackobama.com/page/s/vpcreport

    4. I don’t know if this will help, but here’s another option that may be worthy to pursue. If the Ohio election officials are unable or unwilling to help you, report this to the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. There are no special forms to use or procedures to follow–just call the Civil Rights Division toll-free at (800) 253-3931.

    canarypapers

    November 3, 2008 at 8:09 am

  3. u r very bias,people with no ID lost their drivers license,by driving under the influence,committing crimes etc.,too lazy to get a job,or education,living on my tax $,free everything 4 lazies,I know I see it daily,no taxation without representation,no vote if not paying taxes because these “poor”blacks,&whites will only vote themselves more free money,& crocked politicians will give it to them to get votes, this is killing what is left of the working force. the video u showed of the black man is false,get truth

    Penny Glover

    August 30, 2010 at 1:11 pm


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