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October 12, 2004

If you can't beat 'em

Just tell them the game is off. And not to bother showing up.

In West Virginia, the Republicans are apparently trying to win the election by calling registered Democrats to tell them they are not registered to vote or that they are but won't be allowed to vote if they go to the polls.

These guys really know how to play dirty.

Posted by paulette at October 12, 2004 02:30 PM | TrackBack
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If Americans truly want Bush as their president, I say bring it on.

But this is disgusting. I realize that there has to be a level of corruption -- on both sides -- but the question is how corrupt is it? We all know that a very large Republican donor is also the CEO of a voting machine manufacturer and has promised his state, Ohio, to the President. We also know that in 2000, Rove implemented "push-polling" in swing states, with apparent effectiveness.

But my question is, why is this okay? Does "slapping the wrist" of these wrong-doers constitute justice? Our freaking democracy is at stake here. Peacefully protesting the Republicans in New York get you jailed until after the convention, yet we can freely inhibit registered voters from voting and get nothing more than a mild scolding.

We are upside down in this country. While I don't know if we can survive 4 more years of Bush & Cheney, neither of whom will be concerned with reelection, can Kerry & Edwards make progress in restoring our limping and battered rights?

Posted by: jason on October 12, 2004 03:55 PM

And another example of the same dirty tricks.

Voter Registrations Possibly Trashed in Nevada.

Employees of a private voter registration company allege that hundreds, perhaps thousands of voters who may think they are registered will be rudely surprised on election day. The company claims hundreds of registration forms were thrown in the trash...

Two former workers say they personally witnessed company supervisors rip up and trash registration forms signed by Democrats.

"We caught her taking Democrats out of my pile, handed them to her assistant and he ripped them up right in front of us. I grabbed some of them out of the garbage and she tells her assisatnt to get those from me," said Eric Russell, former Voters Outreach employee.

Oh, but wait, it gets better.

The company has been largely, if not entirely funded, by the Republican National Committee. Similar complaints have been received in Reno where the registrar has asked the FBI to investigate.

Posted by: paulette on October 13, 2004 12:27 PM

For me, and I know this is trivial, all this talk of voter fraud, real or imagined, means one thing: no results. It means that November 2nd is not the end of the hand wringing and hair tearing and clothing rending, it means that it's just beginning. Don't get me wrong, voter fraud is a shameful embarrassment(just one of many that the past four years have brought upon us)but good lord, I don't know how much more I can take. If this election drags on and on and on, well, I'll just, I'll just, I don't know WHAT I'll do.

Posted by: pam on October 14, 2004 08:49 AM
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