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What happens when We the People take back our elections


What happens when youth movement organizers, propelled by a new world vision of peaceful coexistence fueled by a green economy that produces not only a healthy environment but millions of fair, living wage jobs, work tirelessly for years to get their agenda on the table and get out the voters to support it?

What happens when thousands of new voters come out full force to vote in a presidential election?

What happens when the citizens of America fan out to the nation's polling sites to document not just the voting process, but the counting process?

What happens when American citizens, armed with public records requests and their legal rights to oversee their own elections, show up at their polling places to videotape the closing of the polls, the counting of the votes, and the central tabulation of those precinct-level results?

What happens when a presidential campaign finally understands and acts upon the security threat to our nation posed by the privatization of our elections and the attempt by vendors and election officials to usurp our democracy through organized secret vote counting and manipulation?

What happens when American citizens, fed up with years of election results veering sharply from exit poll results, head to the polls and conduct their own exit polls to check against election outcomes?

What happens is that, despite the corporate control of 90% of the nation's vote count, despite the fraud-friendly, secret vote counting technologies, despite the punditry propaganda ready to explain away disparate exit polls, the American people ourselves have voted in large enough numbers and have enforced enough checks and balances on the nation's fragile election system that we have produced an election outcome that actually reflects the will of the people.

Let's hope that for a while now we can stop rushing around to put out election fraud fires and can now begin the real process of restoring democratic elections to our weary nation.

We owe this much to every new voter who came out to vote, to every new citizen election watchdog who stepped up to the task, to every youth organizer whose vision for the future propelled us to this pivotal moment in our task.

We owe it to our nation. We owe it to the world.

No more stolen elections. No more privatized elections. No more secret vote counting. No more excuses.


Nancy is best known as a national leader in the voting rights movement for her seminal work exposing the dangers and fallacies in various election reform efforts past, present and future. She serves on the Board of Black Box Voting, and is (more...)

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