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AND WE DID THAT!

Did our efforts protect every voter, and was every vote counted? Absolutely not. What this means is that we won a huge battle last night, but we still have a war in front of us.

WE MUST NOT BACK DOWN NOW!

Our efforts helped assure that the will of American voters was heard, particularly in the Presidential race.

Mitt Romney could not win an honest election. He did not win honestly in the primaries, where both Ron Paul and Rick Santorum were fraudulently muscled out of the running.

The truth is that Romney and Ryan's mix of far-right  wing and corporatist policies are not supported by the majority of  Americans. Their Ayn Rand inspired economic plans oppose the interests of all but the wealthiest 1%. Socially, their regressive policies are  devastating to women, minorities, and homosexual couples and families. And as Sandy drowned the North East, millions more people understood  that climate-change denial is frighteningly divorced from reality.

Meanwhile, Progressive voters took a lesson from 2010, when their turn-out was low, and the Tea Party swept into power on a wave of  "surprise upset" victories (all reported by unaccountable voting  machines with few eyes on the process).


Progressives turned out yesterday in landslide numbers, waiting in  lines for up to 9 hours where - once again - the elections process broke down. Election Day 2012 saw malfunctions of electronic voting  machines all across the country, enormous lines in Hispanic and African-American districts, and we will end up tallying millions of  likely-Democratic votes lost in voter roll purges, illegally discarded  ballots, electronic vote "shifting," and votes lost to GOP  robo-calling and other dirty tricks. Which means that, as in 2008,  it's likely that Democratic wins are much larger than officially  recorded.

Millions of Progressives voted for Barack Obama, not for what he's done, but for what they hope he will find the courage to do in his second term; fight for the  Progressive vision of a civil, sustainable, free and tolerant society.

Obama in many ways worked insidiously against that vision in his first term by doing the bidding of Wall Street, and expanding the cancerous reach of a global  "National Security State" that continues to undermine American civil liberties and kill innocent civilians abroad.

Though the rise of a Todd "bring back the Inquisition" Akin-style Christian Dominionism may have been beat back last night, the American Progressive movement must not cheer for the advancement of a more secular "bring on the drone-strike" corporate police-state.

We have a huge task in front of us to take back democracy in America, and the Democratic party in particular, so that the Progressive cause can be advanced nationally and internationally.

The election integrity movement should regroup and further organize for a comprehensive platform of election reform:

*the end of corporate campaign financing

*the end of privatized, computerized, concealed ballot counting

*media reform that allows equal access for grassroots, third party, and independent candidates

This is a day to celebrate many victories, to question some concerning  election results, to recognize the oncoming threats (like Internet voting), and to take our movement to the next level.

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EVERYONE in the heroic, unsung election integrity movement deserves  recognition. Many work behind the scenes and we don't know their names, but here's a list (not in any order) of those who I know have worked doggedly, some recently and others for many long years and often with no compensation (apologies to those I've overlooked, this is literally from memory, so please reprimand me and I will add you in):

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I am the Editor of www.votescam.org, home of Votescam: The Stealing of America, the book that chronicles my family's investigation -- beginning in 1970 -- into how elections are stolen in America.
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