We had better get busy.
It appears that the Democratic leadership will provide Democratic voters with no guidance this election year, about how to protect the votes, and potential votes, of Democrats. We have had three national elections, beginning in 2000, in which there have been successful, organized efforts to suppress Democratic votes. What does it say about the fortitude, foresight, and strategic capability of this organization that we will face a fourth election worse off than we were in 2000?
Because this year, having reached the deadline for HAVA compliance in the states, the vast majority of voters will have their votes recorded on electronic voting equipment. As the Brennan Center Task Force has recently reported in its findings on Voting System Security (p. 2), "When the goal is to change the outcome of a close statewide election, attacks that involve the insertion of software attack programs or other corrupt software are the least difficult attacks." (http://www.brennancenter.org)
Recently, Brad Friedman of Bradblog.com was interviewed on Ring of Fire about the Special Congressional Election in San Diego. The following question was asked: Why had Francine Busby, the "losing" Democratic candidate, conceded before the election results had been certified? The response: Because she, like all Democratic candidates, had been instructed by the DCCC not to touch the voting integrity issue. (http://www.bradblog.com/?p=3051... scroll down to "Brad on Ring of Fire: 7/8/06" and click)
Now, I ask anyone who has been awake since Ohio 2004: Is there any issue more relevant to Democratic candidates and voters than the voting integrity issue?
Mary Howe Kiraly is a voting activist living in Maryland.