Combating voter suppression
Thanks go out to : Larry Friedman
With a mere 6 weeks left till the General Election, the Republican establishment, aided and abetted by FOX news, Rush Limbaugh, Karl Rove, the Tea Party, and in particular, Koch Brothers money, are engaging in a blatant attempt to suppress millions of votes across the country. This is the most egregious example of blocking voting (in particular non-white, non-Christian, elderly, disabled, vets and student voters) since the 1964 election. A lot of this is also aided by True The Vote, a completely bogus organization whose sole purpose is to block as many votes as possible. They are trying to attract up to one million people scattered across polling locations everywhere in the country to stop people from voting.
I made several attempts to contact Al Sharpton and Rachel Maddow regarding an idea I had regarding having vans, trucks and busses available to take people, particularly in rural areas across the country to make sure they have proper ID, including having these vehicles taken directly to people’s homes with portable ID devices so that they too can have the needed photo ID’s to vote.
However, time is running out, and if we can still have people act on the above idea, perfect. But what is needed to keep the Republicans from stealing the 2012 election are the following things:
1) Anyone who belongs to one of the targeted demographics for voter suppression should NOT show up at the polls alone. Since there has to be at least one unbiased witness should voter suppression occur, people should vote together in groups of two or larger. Each team should have at least on working cell phone between them to contact an attorney, the NAACP, MALDEF, a voting rights group or at least a family member, friend or neighbor. Here, it is essential for people to coordinate with their local churches, mosques and synagogues. If several dozen (or even hundred) people show up en masse in busses and car pools, this too will go a long way in making sure targeted individuals can have free and unfettered access to their polling locations. People need to start communicating with any of these entities they are connected to so they are aware of this situation and can respond in kind.
2) If voter suppression does indeed occur, those who are blocked from voting need to write down the polling location, get the name(s) of those who blocked them and state up front that they were planning on voting for Obama. Although this is not a general practice of stating your voting preference as this is protected by the constitution, these are unusual circumstances and the voting preference needs to be stated up front by any individual who is barred from exercising their constitutional right to vote. Then either later that day or the following day, this incident should be forwarded DIRECTLY to Attorney General Eric Holder. If Romney gets even as much as one tenth of a percent over the 50% mark, then this election was stolen and the justice department needs to conduct a very rapid and very thorough investigation since it is practically guaranteed that Obama won the election legally and outright. This will NOT be a repeat of the 2000 election.
This is the single most important issue of our time. EVERYTHING ELSE pales in comparison. It’s just that serious. We CANNOT let the Republicans steal this election right under our noses. We will no longer deserve to be taken seriously as a democracy to the rest of the world if it does occur. Please disseminate the contents of this essay to anyone who can help save the soul of our country.
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