Saturday, December 18, 2004

Electors across US break traditional pro forma ritual to use electoral college to protest election violations

Massachusetts Coalition against Election Fraud accomplished having some Electoral College Electors submit a unanimous Motion calling for a complete investigation of this presidential election. We had now working on having United States senators join a group of United States Representatives in not certifying the electoral College vote on January 6.


I am a member of the Massachusetts organization called Coalition against Election Fraud. We are lobbying United States senators asking them not to certify the electoral College vote on January 6. I have attached our form Call to Action together with a news release regarding the electoral College votes cast in Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts and California.

Please contact us with any networking information you think may be helpful to get this Call to Action out to millions of people quickly.

Please pass this e-mail along to as many people as you can.

Joseph A. Lopisi


Call to Action:

Contacting Senators, Telling Them Not to Certify the Election!

Dear friends and fellow citizens:


We are a group of citizens concerned about the 2004 presidential election. It was filled with voting violations. Whatever the cause, whether fraud, error or old-fashioned incompetence, this is a big problem for our American Democracy. Please help protect the integrity of our system! We are asking you to contact several key senators as well as your own senators. Tell them not to certify the election on January 6! A list of senators is provided at the end of this letter.

This election does not deserve a rubber-stamp certification. The House Judiciary Committee received 57,000 complaints of voting violations. These included both machine-related problems (losing votes or reporting the wrong candidate after people voted), as well as the old "hanging chad" ballot problem -- this time in Ohio. Just as in Florida in 2000, the greatest "spoilage" vote -- those tossed out because of over or under-voting -- occurred in predominately black precincts. Furthermore, voters were turned away or given provisional ballots (many of which were later discarded), or could not vote because of absurdly long lines or being given wrong information about where to vote. As a result, the exit polls and tallied results disagreed until the major media organizations edited the exit poll results to make them agree with the tallied results. Exit polling, which had been relied on for decades, was suddenly declared "no longer reliable". The disparity between the exit polls and the result almost always favored George Bush -- unlikely to occur by chance. The errors outlined above are the same kinds of things that happened in Ukraine that made their own people take to the streets and the international community stand up and cry foul. The Voting Rights Act makes voter suppression illegal. And the Fourteenth amendment of our constitution says that if voters are disenfranchised, the Electoral College vote should be adjusted proportionately.

Currently the votes are being recounted in Ohio and the Supreme Court of that state is considering a lawsuit claiming election tampering on the part of the Bush campaign. These and other investigations around the country need to be completed before the vote is certified! Afterwards is too late! We are targeting Senators because on January 6th, Congress will meet to certify the election. If even only one Representative and one Senator object to the electoral votes of any state, the vote will not be automatically approved. A process will be started. Discussion and debate will ensue. And hopefully, the stage will be set for a full investigation. After the 2000 election members of the Black Caucus in the House were willing to oppose certification, but they could not find one Senator to go along with them. Do not let that happen again! The Senators listed below are people we think are most likely to respond to our request. Contact them as well as those of your own state. Tell them not to certify this election, but to back a full-scale investigation instead. Tell them you want to believe in your government and the electoral process. Give them any facts or personal accounts you know to back up your statements.


Other sites to find out more about the 2004 election and what you can do:
http://Shadowbox.i8.com/stolen.htm
http://www.verifiedvoting.org
http://www.blackboxvoting.org
http://www.mysterypollster.com
http://www.votewatch.us
http://wheresthepaper.org
http://bluebeard.bu.edu/Evidence_of_Fraud.html


You can look up information about your own US senators at:
http://www.senate.gov.

Contact information for selected US senators follows:

Barbara Boxer, (D-CA)
http://boxer.senate.gov/contact
112 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-0505
Phone: 202-224-3553
Fax: 202-228-3972

Robert Byrd (D-WV)
http://byrd.senate.gov/
http://byrd.senate.gov/byrd_email.html
311 Hart Senate Office Building, Suite 2630
Washington, DC 20510-4801
Phone: 202-224-3954
Fax: 202-228-0002

Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY)
http://clinton.senate.gov/
476 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-4451
TTYD Number: 202-224-6821
Fax: 202-228-0282
Fax: 202-228-0121

Mark Dayton (D-MN)
http://dayton.senate.gov
SR-346 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-2305
Phone: 202-224-3244
Fax: 202-228-2186

John Edwards (D-NC, leaving)
http://edwards.senate.gov/
225 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC, 20510-3306
Phone: 202-224-3154
Fax: 202-228-1374

Russell D. Feingold, (D-WI)
Russell_feingold (at) feingold.senate.gov
506 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-4904
Phone: 202-224-5323
TTYD Number: 202-224-1280
Fax: 202-224-2725

James Jeffords (I-VT)
http://jeffords.senate.gov/
http://jeffords.senate.gov/contact-form.html
413 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-4503
Phone: 202-224-5141
Fax: 202-228-0776

Edward Kennedy (D-MA)
senator (at) kennedy.senate.gov
http://kennedy.senate.gov/
317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-4543
Fax: 202-224-2417

Carl Levin, (D-MI)
senator (at) levin.senate.gov
http://levin.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm
269 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-2202
Phone: 202-224-6221
TTYD Number: 202-224-2816
Fax: 202-224-1388

Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT)
http://leahy.senate.gov/
433 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-4502
Phone: 202-224-4242
TollFree: 800-642-3193 (VT only)
Fax: 202-224-3479

Joseph Lieberman (D-CT)
http://lieberman.senate.gov/
706 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-0703
Phone: 202-224-4041
Fax: 202-224-9750

Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD)
http://mikulski.senate.gov/
senator (at) senatorbarb.com
709 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-2003
Phone: 202-224-4654
TTYD Number: 202-224-5223
Fax: 202-224-8858

Barack Obama (D-IL, incoming)
http://www.obamaforillinois.com/ (then click on "Contact Us")
M114 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
Phone: 312-427-6300 or 217-782-5338

Charles E. Schumer (D-NY)
http://schumer.senate.gov
313 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-6542
TTYD Number: 202-224-0420
Fax: 202-228-1218

Dianne G. B. Feinstein
http://feinstein.senate.gov/
331 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-3841
TTYD Number: 202-224-2501
Fax: 202-228-3954


Coalition Against Election Fraud (http://www.caef.us)

Truth in Elections*
49 Francesca Ave.,
Somerville, MA 02144
617-625-3166
econhmnrts (at) aol.com
*In conjunction with United Progressives for Democracy
and Massachusetts Coalition Against Election Fraud

For immediate release Contact: Grace C Ross 617-642-0312

Electors across US break traditional pro forma ritual to use electoral college to protest election violations

Across the US electors in at least five states, for the first time in history, turned the heavily scripted and ritualized electoral college proceedings into a forum for political action. Frustrated by the relative inattention to wide spread real voting violations now numbering in the tens of thousands, Electors called for congressional investigation and legislative action.

Vermont electors, on the record and in front of TV cameras and a number of statewide media outlets, expressed their concerns for our democracy with “57,000 complaints already received by the Congressional Judiciary Committee, we call on Congress and especially our Vermont Congressional delegation to investigate.” They enumerated credible violations affecting hundreds of thousands of voters across the US, Elector Jeffrey Taylor reports.

Opening the traditional statement of thanks for being introduced at the beginning of the Massachusetts Electoral College 2004 session, Elector Cathleen Ashton of Wayland, took the opportunity to demand “Every vote be counted and every vote count.”

As described in local news reports, for the first time in history, Electors in Maine also went on the record using the voting process to “call for national voting reforms.” Their statement pointed to the kind of electoral reforms Maine has that lead to more genuine elections, such as same day registration, allowing ex-felons to vote, and clean election reforms "but our four electoral votes are held meaningless if our sister states cannot hold elections that are fair, accurate and verifiable," Elector Lu Bauer said after the brief ceremony at the State House.

Most extraordinarily, one elector in California cast his ballot provisional upon “all votes being counted – provisional, absentee, under- and overvotes, computerized without paper ballots, even getting valid votes from those turned away illegally, intimidated, discouraged by incredibly long waits, etc.” This incredible act as a creative attempt to get this message read on the floor of Congress when they open the ballots on January 6 to consider whether to certify the vote.

“Never has such a vote been cast by an elector and without a parliamentarian to rule it in or out at the electoral college level, we await whether Congress will acknowledge this type of provisional vote and address the issues this elector sought to raise or whether they too will ignore provisional votes,” said Grace Ross, an organizer of the national effort to support electors to take action and a member of Truth in Elections.

Even in North Carolina where lack of “swing state” status left local voting violations relatively invisible, Democratic Electors and local activists spoke out about local problems while Republican Electors voted inside. Elector Mary Roe spoke of problems she herself witness as an election observer in her own county as well as saying that “everyone deserves to have their votes counted” while deploring the 4,500 votes NC election officials acknowledged disappeared in a computerized voting machine crash.

Massachusetts Electors who introduced the motion said they will use this to lobby Congressional members to take action now such as objecting to the vote. The motion passed by acclimation called on Congress to: “Act to commit Congress to investigate all voting complaints that might have any validity that they receive; Act to commit Congress to remedy any voting rights violations or electoral fraud verified by its own agents or through the courts; File in Congress and commit their resources to passage of systemic remedies.”

In speaking at their Mass. press conference afterwards, one Elector, Tom Barbera spoke of personally having his life threatened during get-out-the-vote efforts. Another spoke of being targeted for intimidation such as being immediately accosted as an African American entering a Florida polling place by whites telling her “your kind is not wanted here”, “we don’t want your kind voting here”, “leave”; such threatening behavior meant as get-out-the-vote volunteers they frequently had to follow intimidated voters of color out of polling places and convince them to reenter and agree to accompany them through the voting process..

Tom Barbera, in presenting the Massachusetts’ Electoral College motion, acknowledging that many whose voting rights violations were most widely violated were African American, referenced the Civil Rights struggle in saying ”we believe that as electors, we have a unique opportunity and obligation to ensure that justice does not again become so delayed as to be denied (as happened in 2000)” (END)


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