friends' thoughts about the postponement idea
- Message: 7
Date: Sun, 11 Jul 2004 16:36:24 EDT
Subject: Re: help me write a letter about the
Seems to me that we need to wait until tomorrow and
read the Newsweek article in its entirety before we
can frame appropriate responses. Are there
specifications about the attack? Must it be a major
attack on a major American city?
Does it involve a large body count? Or will any
attack, even an abortive one, be enough? Or is the
mere threat of an attack all that is needed? What
sort of time frame is involved---Would an attack next
week cause a postponement of an election scheduled for
November? And how long does a "postponement"
last----are we talking about an election being held a
week later, or a
dictatorship which would postpone for an indefinite
length of time, as, for instance, in the Philippines
under Ferdinand Marcos? Or is this just another scare
tactic, designed to terrify Americans into sticking
with the present administration?
I think many of us see this as an attempt on the part
of the Bush Administration to suspend business as
usual and possibly to declare martial law. The fact
that Tom Ridge is seeking an opinion from John
Ashcroft makes my
blood run cold. This a potential crisis of massive
proportions, and all thinking Americans should be
ready to respond, but I think we need to read the
before asking all of the questions above, and many
others that other people will raise, before contacting
the Fed Elections Commission.
Date: Sun, 11 Jul 2004 14:51:03 -0600
Subject: RE: proposal to postpone election if there's
a terror a...
I think that we should be prepared to run the
elections here locally and across the nation as "MOCK
ELECTIONS" should such a catastrophe occur. We would
not have machines. We would not have the "system" -
but it would
be possible to be prepared with voter lists and to
take paper ballots in taped shut paper boxes that are
only opened and counted in the presence of a witness
(s). Perhaps only one or two or five precincts could
in doing this but we could get it on the news.
Republicans might not participate but that wouldn't be
the point. The point would be to have at least ONE
local precinct have a VERY high turnout of Democrats
at the mock election and to report the vote.
If the elections are not held this might be the only
way to protest. The only way to show that the process
could have continued. The only way to show that at
least in one corner of America someone still wanted to
vote. If anyone in the government then arrested any of
the participants that would make for really bad
headlines. "Terrorist Voters insist on placing
ballots for their candidates". ... I can see it now.