“Steal Back Your Vote” From Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Greg Palast

September 30, 2008

Investigative journalist Greg Palast and voting rights attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr. have just released an investigative comic book voter guide “Steal Back Your Vote.” it lays out the ways Republican have are stolen votes in 2004 and how they are trying to steal the 2008 election… And Palast and Kennedy have devised seven ways you can steal it back, in a 24 page downloadable graphic guide. It’s non-partisan (truly, they aren’t pushing one candidate over another, they just object to vote stealing!!!), it’s humorous, it’s totally snarky, and it’s helpful.

When you go to bed tonight, can you answer this question: do you know where your registration is? Find out how your vote is being stolen, and how you can steal it back, by downloading the guide here: www.stealbackyourvote.org.

Here’s a paraphrased version of their 7 ways to steal the vote back:

1. Greg suggests you not vote absentee if you can help it.
Greg asked “For those of you who mailed in your ballot, please tell me, what happened to it? You don’t know, do you?”

I can answer that. Yes, Greg, I do know what happened to my ballot. I called to check on it after the fact and of course there was no record of it… Sigh. My ballot was one of the three-fourths of a million absentee ballots were never counted last time (that’s the official count), on the weakest of technical excuses.

Also, tens of thousands of ballots are not mailed out to voters in time to return them – in which case you’re out of luck. Most states won’t let you vote in-precinct once you’ve applied to vote absentee.

2. Vote early!
Every state now lets voters cast ballots in designated polling stations and at county offices
in the weeks before Election Day. Do it. Don’t wait until Election Day to find out you have the wrong ID, your registration’s “inactive,” or you’re on a challenge list. By Election Day, there’s little to do but hold up the line.

3 Register
Think you’re registered to vote? Check online with your Secretary of State’s office or call
your County Board of Elections. Contact the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, the League of Women Voters, and your local party organization, and commit to a couple of days of door-to-door
registration, especially in minority neighborhoods or at social service agency offices. And if you’ve served the time, you can sign: in almost every state, ex-cons can vote.

4. Vote Unconditionally, not provisionally!
In 2008, they’ll be handing out provisional ballots “like candy”. Demand adjudication from poll judges on the spot; demand a call to the supervisor of elections; or return with acceptable ID if possible. And be a champ: defend the rights of others. If you’ve taken Step 2. above and voted early, you have Election Day free to be a poll watcher. You’ll need training and credentials, either from a voter group or, in some states, a designation from a political party.

5. Take the resistance door-to-door—to register the vote,to canvass the voters, to get out the vote. Donate time to your union (if you’re not in a union, why not?) or to the organizations listed on the Palast Kennedy site.

6. Sue
There aren’t enough lawyers in the US—at least not enough pushing back against the vote-fixing tide. But there are some. Shining examples include the non-partisan Brennan Center for Justice. You don’t have to be an attorney to join the fight. These are political battles, in all cases supported by street-fighting activists like Votersunite.org who rouse the public behind the legal actions.

7. Make the democratic demand: No vote left behind!
Greg has a crazy fantasy in his head. In it, an election is stolen and the guy who’s wrongly declared the loser stands up in front of the White House and says three magic words: “Count the votes.” You can have all the paper ballots in the world, but if you don’t demand to look at them, publicly, in a recount, you might as well mark them with invisible ink.

Just in case you think this is an exaggeration check this New York Times article and this article in TruthOut.

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