FW: No More Ohios!
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From: TrueMajority [mailto:alerts@...]
Sent: Tuesday, January 04, 2005 1:12 PM
To: Matthew St-Germaine
Subject: No More Ohios!
America Needs Honest Elections
Congress This Week Can Make It Clear
The whole world now knows what went on in Ohio and other states on Election
Day, and we simply can't let it happen anymore.
We know that many Americans in inner cities were prevented from voting by
eight-hour lines. We know that local officials changed the rules on which
votes they counted. We know that technicians from computerized voting
companies were allowed to tamper with balloting machines unsupervised.
Elections with those sorts of problems are not honest.
The winners of these tainted elections assert that their outcomes didn't
depend on the fraud. But in sports, referees don't wait until the outcome
of the game is in jeopardy before calling penalties and enforcing the rules.
Nowhere in the Constitution does it describe some acceptable level of
denying Americans their votes. When Congress meets this Thursday, January
6, we'll have a good opportunity to make it clear that Americans want every
vote counted, period.
That same Constitution also directs Congress to ratify the result of the
presidential election in order to make it official. This Thursday,
Representative John Conyers (D-Michigan) plans to challenge the voting tally
from his state, and if even one senator joins him, Congress will be
compelled to debate the widespread problems that have been exposed. This
Congress isn't going to overturn the election, but it would be forced into a
debate that would serve as a national teach-in on voting rights, computer
voting that can't be audited and the continued suppression of minority
votes. In short - Honest Elections or not?
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Toward true democracy,
Honest Elections Coordinator
Here's the message we'll deliver to your senators:
Dear [Senator's name]:
I am disturbed by the widespread reports of irregularities in this past
election-not enough voting machines in inner-city precincts, causing
hours-long lines; computerized ballot machines that can't be audited;
corporate technicians monkeying around with the public's machines; local
officials making up rules on the fly about which votes to actually count.
The key to elections is that all, especially the losers, agree that the
elections were fair and honest. America doesn't have that now, and it's got
Rep. John Conyers will use the occasion of the ratification of the election
results to challenge this system; I ask that you do the same. I understand
that the results won't be overturned, but the debate resulting from this
challenge would expose these irregularities and get America on the path to
truly Honest Elections.
Please tell me that you will join Mr. Conyers in sparking this important
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