HOW DO I REGISTER TO VOTE?
This site has got it ALL goin’ on! Including your deadline to file! http://mydem.democrats.com/
WHEN DO I NEED TO RE-REGISTER TO VOTE?
You will need to re-register to vote when: You move You change your name You change your political party affiliation You have not voted in the last presidential election.
HOW DO I REGISTER OTHERS TO VOTE?
State by State, a comprehensive list of guidelines: http://www.nationalcampaignforfairelections.org/ pages/2008_voter_registration_guides CAMPUS REGISTRATION SUPPORT INFO: http://www.compact.org/vote/
HOW DO I CHECK THAT I AM REGISTERED TO VOTE AT THE CORRECT ADDRESS?
Go to: https://www.votepoke.org/index.html
HOW DO I CHECK FOR THE LOCATION OF MY POLLING PLACE?
Go to http://www.smartvoter.org/ or http://www.nonprofitvote.org At the bottom of the home page, click on your state. On the right hand side, click the link for your county. You should be able to find this information on the website of your local Election Office. If it’s not there, CALL THEM.
WILL MY ABSENTEE BALLOT BE SENT OUT ON TIME?
This is a real concern for soldiers and others overseas. Here’s the easy route to an overseas ballot: http://VoteFromAbroad.org/
Please note that you may request to vote Absentee (also called Vote by Mail) more than 29 days before an election, but not less than seven days before an election.
TO REQUEST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT:
WHAT IF THERE ARE PROBLEMS WITH EARLY VOTING?
Be certain to call the legal hotline and your political party hotline, so they can intervene and get it straightened out: Call the Election Protection legal hotlines: 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) Call the Democratic Party Voter Assistance Hotline: 1-888-DEM-VOTE (1-888-336-8683
IF, STARTING THE FIRST WEEK OF OCTOBER, YOU RECEIVE A NONFORWARDABLE ‘WELCOME TO VOTING’ CARD, IT IS POSSIBLE THAT YOU ARE BEING TARGETED TO BE PURGED FROM THE ROLLS OR CHALLENGED AT THE POLLS.
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Immediately notify your party’s Election Protection legal teams, so they can investigate whether illegal “caging” is taking place. When election officials send out these kinds of mailings, they can use the ones that are returned to start the process of purging voters. If mailings are returned over 2 federal election cycles, (4 years) they can purge voters from voter rolls. Political parties use this same technique to generate the names of voters whose registrations they will challenge on Election Day; a returned mailing will put a newly registered voter on a challenge or ‘caging’ list. This means a partisan volunteer will stand at the polling place and tell poll workers they are challenging that person’s registration. The new voter then has to show proof that the address on their voter registration is correct by showing other ID or utility bills. The purpose of this is to intimidate new voters and cause bottlenecks in lines, causing other voters to leave. Just to be sure… bring a photo ID with you to the polls. investigate whether illegal “caging” is taking place.
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WHAT ARE THESE WARNINGS ABOUT VOTER FRAUD?
Voter fraud is a seriously overblown and overused excuse for the GOP to employ intimidation tactics at the polls on Election Day. If you receive mail that law enforcement will be checking for “Voter Fraud,” call the Election Protection hot line: 1- 866-OUR-VOTE
ARE VOTING MACHINES BEING FAIRLY ALLOCATED? WILL THERE BE ENOUGH PAPER BALLOTS?
Shortages of machines and paper ballots can lead to long lines and voter disenfranchisement. If you experienced shortages in the primary, call your local election office and ask how many machines will be in use in November. Ask them how many paper ballots have been ordered to compensate for increased voter turnout. Encourage your officials to base their allotment on the 2008 primary numbers. EVERYONE! It is wise to hook up with a local election protection group or work with your local campaign office, to share this information and get expert support.
To find your local EP group: http://www.electiondefensealliance.org/50states_directory
TELL THEM: “DO NOT CONCEDE UNTIL EVERY VOTE IS COUNTED!”
ASK YOUR CANDIDATE to CHALLENGE THE ELECTION RESULTS IF there is EVIDENCE of FRAUD! VELVET REVOLUTION is sponsoring this CRITICAL CAMPAIGN – find out how to send material about fraud and a pledge card to your candidate. http://www.standingforvoters.org
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HOW DO I ORGANIZE FAIR ELECTIONS ON CAMPUS?
Campus Contact’s 2008 nonpartisan Campus Vote Initiative lists Things to Do & Who to Contact to Engage Students in the Electoral System http://www.compact.org/vote/ Your Voice Your Vote helps colleges and universities conduct nonpartisan voter registration and education. This site lists legal requirements and guidelines: http://www.yourvoteyourvoice.org/ COMPETE in THE ULTIMATE COLLEGE BOWL!! MySpace, Declare Yourself, HeadCount, Student PIRGs, Rock the Vote and Why Tuesday? are sponsoring a contest that will award scholarships and a free concert with Death Cab for Cutie to the students and school that register the most students to vote!! The contest will be run via an application and widget available to all college students at:
GIVE A SHIFT& WORK THE VOTE!
SIGN UP NOW to get your local training, if you can POLL WORK 2 million poll workers, who are typically senior citizens with a few hours’ training, staff the nation’s elections. Many more poll workers are needed, who can handle the new technology and demands of elections. It is a full day on the front lines of democracy. The CREDO/Working Assets people have a Poll workers for Democracy Program, where, in addition to the training you’ll receive from your county or town, you have access to additional training. That means you’ll be better prepared for the challenges you might face as a poll worker, and better able to protect the votes of those you serve. http://act.credoaction.com/pollworkers/index.html What if I only have part of the day to volunteer? You can POLL MONITOR: Citizens can monitor (watch) elections at polling sites. You can choose to simply watch all the activities at your own polling place in 3 or 4 hour shifts, taking turns with friends, or, travel to some “hot spot” neighborhoods where voter suppression might happen. Poll monitors keep written records on POLL MONITOR INCIDENT REPORTS where you briefly describe problems you witness, including issues of: voter registration, ballots, machines, poll workers, intimidation, access, language, etc. At this site, there are incident forms you can use, and a tutorial for posting Election Day problems online:
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http://www.workthevotela.org/downloads.php GET THE ULTIMATE POLL MONITORING KIT! FREE from the TOP Election Protection Investigator in the Country: The Black Box Voting Tool Kit. http://www.blackboxvoting.org/toolkit2008.pdf
DON’T TRUST CORPORATE MEDIA-OWNED EXIT POLLS!
Did you know that on Election Day, the national exit polls conducted by the media corporations “adjust” their results to match the reported election results? VOLUNTEER for the ELECTION VERIFICATION POLLING PROJECT and help conduct CITIZEN EXIT POLLS! Election Defense Alliance is organizing a national Election Verification Polling (EVP) project. Citizens will apply professionally managed, scientifically designed polling methodology to conduct exit poll voter surveys in strategically selected locations. Basically, it means presenting brief survey forms to voters exiting their polling places on Election Day. http://www.electiondefensealliance.org/evp THIS IS EXTREMELY CRITICAL WORK ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF ELECTION PROTECTION!
BE A CITI ZEN JO UR NALIST with VIDEO THE VOTE
Be the eyes and ears where ballots are cast and counted on Election Day. VIDEO THE VOTE crews will document and report voter suppression, machine malfunctions, and other election irregularities as they occur at polling places and boards of elections. VIDEO THE VOTE is a national campaign of great importance, enabling the media and public to watchdog the electoral process across our country in real time. VIDEO THE VOTE reports will provide transparency and evidence in election areas where problems occur. Sign up and get the training. Organize NOW. Democracy needs you! A FULL LIST OF ACTIONS TO TAKE TO PROTECT YOUR VOTE! http://electiondefensealliance.org/what_you_can_do_defend_election_08
PLEASE DONATE so we can complete Part Two of the “Turdblossom Lectures” and continue our fervent efforts to educate and motivate voters to protect democracy on 11/04. And/or BUY “Cheated!” http://www.wakeupandsaveyourcountry.com/cheated/buyit.htm ALL OF THESE NONPARTISAN ELECTION PROTECTION ORGANIZATIONS NEED FINANCIAL $UPPORT AND VOLUNTEERS: Black Box Voting: National https://secure.groundspring.org/dn/index.php?aid=12674 Election Defense Alliance: National http://www.electiondefensealliance.org/Donate Voters Unite: National http://www.votersunite.org/donate.asp LEGAL: Voter Action: National; Voting rights protection litigation http://voteraction.org/donate National Campaign for Fair Elections: https://secure.nationalcampaignforfairelections.org/ FUND THE NONPARTISAN ORGANIZATIONS WORKING ON CAMPUS: http://www.paulloeb.org/articles/collegevoter2008.html
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Seven Ways Your Vote Might Not Count this November By Steve Rosenfeld This article provided much of the material for this guide: http://www.alternet.org/democracy/95974/seven_ways_ your_vote_might_not_count_this_november/ PROTECT YOUR VOTE IN SPANISH: http://protectmyvote.org/home_es.php DOWNLOADABLE POLL MONITORING FORMS: http://www.workthevotela.org/downloads.php VOTER SUPPRESSION & INTIMIDATION… WHAT TO LOOK FOR… Here’s advice & support from the ACLU: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has launched the Voter Protection Initiative; complete with a hotline to report voting rights violations. The number is 1-877-523-2792 and will be in operation from 6am to 11pm EST on November 7th. Problems that can be reported to the hotline include: * Voter harassment or intimidation, including slurs or signs of bias among poll workers; * Denying voters access to provisional ballots when they are eligible to receive them; * Problems with voting machines, including human errors and technology-related problems; * Efforts to have voters produce identification or proof of citizenship when not required by law; * Disinformation campaigns, such as posting fliers in minority neighborhoods that give false information on voting requirements or procedures; * Moving or closing polling places on short notice or without sufficient warning; * Placing phony voters in line to lengthen the wait and discourage voting; * Efforts to tamper with voting machines; and, * Excessive and unnecessary presence of uniformed law enforcement personnel at polling places.
Top 5 Things You Can Do To Protect Election 2008
Black Box Voting Tool Kit 2008 is available FREE online: http://www.blackboxvoting.org/toolkit2008.pdf MORE DETAILED POLL MONITORING INFO: Two lead investigators from the UC Berkeley outline their experience in designing and executing a poll monitoring data collection project. http://www.pewcenteronthestates.org/uploadedFiles/Berkel ey%20study%20Report%20-%20Final.pdf POLL MONITORING for COMPUTERIZED ELECTIONS http://www.electiondefensealliance.org/monitoring_ computerized_elections
Count My Vote: A Citizen’s Guide to Voting by Steven Rosenfeld For everyone who will be registering voters, working on campaigns, and voting. What people need to know about each state’s voting rules, voter ID laws, new voting machines; what to do if you move; and what to do if problems crop up. It has special sections for students and seniors and a state-bystate voting reference. https://www.alternet.org/books/11/Count+My+Vote:+A+Citiz en’s+Guide+to+Voting/ Cheated! by Myers & Goldstein A graphic novel. The grassroots activists’ perspective of the Ohio 2004 presidential election and subsequent rebellion in the streets. “An essential read for those who care enough to participate in their own lives.” Janeane Garofalo Prepare for 2008 by reading this. Deep discounts on volume orders for student and young voter organizations: http://wakeupandsaveyourcountry.com/cheated.htm THE article to read to get you up to speed! “Will Americans be able to Trust the Vote count in 2008?” by Kevin B. Zeese http://truevote.us/index3.php Loser Take All: Election Fraud and the Subversion of Democracy Edited by Mark Crispin Miller An anthology of writing from this country’s key election fraud researchers and activists. Some things are worth knowing! http://www.markcrispinmiller.blogspot.com/ FREE DOWNLOADABLE MOVIES on ELECTIONS www.freeforall.tv NEW FILMS ON ELECTION FRAUD “Uncounted” directed by David Earnhardt Exposes how American voters were cheated during the 2004 and 2006 elections. www.uncountedthemovie.com “Stealing America Vote by Vote” directed by Dorothy Fadiman Called “The year’s scariest movie....” by the Hollywood Reporter http://www.stealingamericathemovie.org/ STAY INFORMED - sign up for election fraud updates now and long after November. http://www.votersunite.org/news.asp http://www.bradblog.com http://www.markcrispinmiller.blogspot.com http://www.gregpalast.com
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