This race affects the whole country, not just Georgia. Democrats are seeking a fillibuster-proof majority in the Senate so they'll be able to pass legislation to correct some of the disasters of the past eight years. As of today, they hold 58 of the 60 seats needed. This makes the still-undecided Georgia and Minnesota races critical.
It's time for America to wake up. In a democracy, citizens' ultimate power--our only true power--lies in our ability to vote, and have our votes counted correctly. We don't only vote for those we might like to have lead us, we also vote OUT of office those who are not serving the needs of the people.
One of the top priorities for the next Congress and the incoming administration should be to sort out this voting mess once and for all. No more DREs without voter-verifiable paper ballots. No more blocking citizen observers from the vote tallying process. No elections without automatic audits of a substantial percentage of the ballots. No more outsourcing our elections to corporations. No more disenfranchisement, caging, and other tricks to keep citizens from voting. We're supposed to be the leading democracy in the world, a model for others; let's make that more than wishful thinking.
And in the meantime, keep your fingers crossed that Georgia won't be stolen again.
Joan Brunwasser is a co-founder of Citizens for Election Reform (CER) which since 2005 existed for the sole purpose of raising the public awareness of the critical need for election reform. Our goal: to restore fair, accurate, transparent, secure elections where votes are cast in private and counted in public. Because the problems with electronic (computerized) voting systems include a lack of (more...)