Stop the GOP from Fixing Elections – Vote Absentee

Here is some very interesting strategic thinking that was sent to us from reader B.A.:

Voting by absentee ballot leaves a paper trail that makes it harder for Republicans to steal elections.

I don’t know about the rest of the “progressive Democrat” world, but I for one am sick and tired of losing these “fixed” elections to the Rethuglicans. I believe it is a given that wherever electronic voting machines (Diebold especially) are used that the votes are being manipulated to insure Rethuglican victories. It is furthermore clear that these machines ARE going to be used in many states despite their proven flaws – witness California’s move to reinstate the machine before their proper testing was concluded. I have made a similar post on Bradblog with the hopes of inspiring affirmative action by the electorate to make SURE every vote is counted.

There is only one way to defeat this tactic: absentee ballots!

Think about it; speak about it with others. By voting by absentee ballot you guarantee that the election cannot be fixed as there will be a “hard paper” trail of ballots that are easily counted, recounted, and counted again to assure an honest accounting and a fair election.

Many State legislators, for whatever reasons, insist on using these machines, and, while I cannot and will not impugn the honesty of every state voting regulatory authority, there are certainly ones from the past I would both question and impugn, i.e. Florida 2000 and Ohio 2004.

Bushco and his administration have shown that they are above the law, or at least believe they are, so we the people need to take matters into our own hands and refuse to play their fixed game.

In every state utilizing electronic voting machines, especially Diebold machines that where proven to have been defective and recording thousands of extra votes for Bush in 2004 (remember the precinct in Ohio with 642 voters that registered 20,000 votes for Bush?) Refuse to waste your time at the polls and vote by absentee ballot. I honestly believe this is the only way to insure a genuine, true vote count that can be easily verified.

I urge everyone who reads this (and I know there will be precious few), Please urge your fellow citizens to vote in this matter so we can turn those rotten bastards out of congress fair and square and not be beaten by phony machine counts.

I will be spending all of next week sending this same posting on every blog and comment section regarding voting I can find. I am not wealthy or I would advertise this solution on national television.

Anyone here have juice with or any other 527 groups or civic participation groups that can help get the word out? If the Rethuglicans are nervous now Just think how sick to their stomachs they will be when they cannot manipulate the vote by machine!

We must save america from the clutches of the most pernicious political party of my lifetime and i intend to make this a personal mission of responsibility to work for their defeat. I hope and pray for the help of all honest citizens who are tired of seeing everything we stand for destroyed by these thugs.


  • Kathy B.
    February 24, 2006 - 9:51 am | Permalink

    Added point — become an election judge/poll worker! Since I vote absentee, it frees me up on election day to work at the polls! Save your vote and participate in the election process all at the same time!

  • BlueGal
    February 24, 2006 - 1:55 pm | Permalink

    I was living in Columbus, OH during the Nov 2004 fiasco where the Rethuglians outright stole the election thanks to the nutty, ultra-right-wing secretary of state Ken Blackwell and felon-in-chief, Gov Bob Taft. Knowing their plans, I ensured that our family of four voters used the absentee ballots. This way, we didn’t have to stand in line nor outside in the rain for three hours. Yes, that’s how long it took my boss, who lived in the west side of Columbus, to vote that day.

  • Bill Arnett
    February 24, 2006 - 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, guys, thank you. And for those worried about their absentee ballot simply disappearing, you can mail your ballot “certified mail, no signature required” from any US Post Office and receive a receipt that assures delivery on the spot.

    And please remember – machines may be fixed or manipulated, but those fine people working away for our democracy in Registrar Offices are our neighbors, friends, and fellow citizens that warrant our trust and faith in them to do the right thing, and while a few may not live up to expectations, I truly must believe in the goodness of ordinary men and women who honestly provide a valuable service for America. Peace, and vote!

  • February 24, 2006 - 2:26 pm | Permalink

    Bill – I sent you an email this morning that came back. Same address as here. I’m going to try again.

  • Bill Arnett
    February 24, 2006 - 4:49 pm | Permalink

    John– My email address is valid, up, and working – could it be on your end?

  • oldgringo
    February 25, 2006 - 3:02 am | Permalink

    This is probably the best and surest way to “honest” elections. I think that Oregon is the only State in the Union that uses it, and it seems to work well for them.
    California would be a great place for this as would both Ohio and Florida, but I would like to see it be a national institution.
    P.S. I have voted this way for years.

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