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What Can We Do Now To Protect the November Election

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  2. Paper ballots were counted fraudulently and after a federal court ordered that the ballots should be preserved for inspection, they were destroyed in more than half the counties with excuses like "we spilled coffee on them, so we had to throw them out."

  3. Observers of the vote tabulation were forced to leave, and were told that there was a national security alert, which proved to be a lie, and after the observers left the tabulation continued.

  4. The state's tabulating computer that showed Bush 48% and Kerry 51% "crashed" and when it "came up again" the tallies were reversed so that Bush had 51% and Kerry had 48%.

Ohio was not the only state with problems in 2004.

In Alaska, there were over 100,000 more votes than voters, and they were counted in the final tally, giving Alaska to Bush. They had 200 percent voter turnout in 16 districts. When Democrats sued to get the vote data, Diebold, the vendor of the tabulating equipment, said that they owned the data and it was proprietary and secret.

Let's sum this up.

  -A wide variety of tactics has been used to prevent voters from voting.

  -A wide variety of tactics has been used to prevent observers from watching procedures with votes.

  -It appears that computers were used to manipulate votes and tallies, but no investigations have ever been done by any authorities.

2. What might happen this November?

Already we have voter registrations disappearing in many states. We have lies about our candidates being repeated over and over in the major media, even after the lies have been refuted. I think we can expect that all the tactics used in the past will be used again, plus more.

Here's what we don't know.

  -Are Democrats prepared to counteract the dirty tricks this time?

  -Are we citizens and voters prepared to counteract the dirty tricks?

  -Are we citizens and voters committed to being part of the election process--as election workers, observers, volunteers conducting exit polls? We especially need observers who will call in the lawyers and media when problems happen on election day, and citizens with cameras who can film the disputes.

3. What Can Citizens Do?

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Teresa Hommel is a voting activist in NY and chair of the Task Force On Voting Integrity, Community Church of New York.
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