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:
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.