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What Can We Do Now To Protect the November Election

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What Can We Do Now to Protect the Election in November?
Teresa Hommel
September 12, 2008

I am an independent citizen activist against electronic voting, and for the last five years I have worked to keep electronic voting out of New York State and New York City.

This article touches on four points:

  -What happened in our national elections in recent years

  -What might happen this year in November

  -What can ordinary citizens do to make our November election as honest as possible, so that when Obama and Biden win, the election is not stolen, and

  -What can influential and powerful citizens do.

1. Were Previous Elections Stolen?

Like most people who have looked closely at the evidence, I believe that the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections were stolen. A wide variety of tactics was used.

For example, just in Florida alone, in 2000:

  1. Statewide, more than 90,000 primarily Democratic voters were dropped without notice from the voter registration list due to being felons-except they weren't felons.

  2. In one county the vote-counting machine was set up so that the count for Bush started at zero, but the count for Gore started at minus 16,000, meaning Gore had to get 16,000 votes just to bring his tally back up to zero.

  3. The butterfly ballot was designed to confuse voters, who ended up voting for Buchanan instead of Gore.

  4. In one county, Republican absentee ballots that arrived late or had defects were counted anyway, but the equivalent Democratic ballots were not counted.

  5. The punch card ballots in Palm Beach county were deliberately made from defective paper and printed slightly off, so that the punches didn't work right. As a result, people had to count the votes by looking at the ballots one at a time, which was going along fine, without difficulty, until Republican staffers from Congress in Washington were sent to Florida to disrupt the counting, and then finally the Supreme Court said to stop counting.

In 2004, just in Ohio alone:

  1. Not enough voting machines were sent to key Black Democratic areas, so that people had to wait in line up to 13 hours to vote.

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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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