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Election reform now.

There’s nothing to stop this from happening again unless people act.

Greg Palast’s post, Massacre of the Buffalo Soldiers, will enrage you. It outlines the disgusting GOP tricks perpetrated to disenfranchise minority voters who were abroad, serving this country.

Over one million provisional ballots cast in the 2004 race were never counted; over half a million absentee ballots were also rejected. The extraordinary rise in the number of rejected ballots was the result of the widespread multi-state voter challenge campaign by the Republican Party. The operation, of which the purge of Black soldiers was a small part, was the first mass challenge to voting America had seen in two decades.

The BBC obtained several dozen confidential emails sent by the Republican’s national Research Director and Deputy Communications chief, Tim Griffin to GOP Florida campaign chairman Brett Doster and other party leaders. Attached were spreadsheets marked, “Caging.xls.” Each of these contained several hundred to a few thousand voters and their addresses.

A check of the demographics of the addresses on the “caging lists,” as the GOP leaders called them indicated that most were in African-American majority zip codes.

…These GOP caging lists were obtained by the same BBC team that first exposed the wrongful purge of African-American “felon” voters in 2000 by then-Secretary of State Katherine Harris. Eliminating the voting rights of those voters — 94,000 were targeted — likely caused Al Gore’s defeat in that race.

It should be noted that soldiers who sent in their ballot while abroad would never know that their vote was lost due to a Rethug challenge.

We’ve been at the point of at-will, purposeful voter purging to achieve elected results for some time now, and yet nothing has been done, even after ample evidence of fraud, lost votes because there is a lack of concern about a voter-verified paper audit trail in electronic voting machines (thanks Diebold).

If we ever want to achieve fair elections, the whole fraudulent system has to be broken down and the entire network of corruption by the GOP exposed — people need to go to jail and heavy fines need to be levied.

Sites to visit:
* Verified

* The Brad Blog, which covers vote fraud shenanigans from top to bottom.

* RFK, Jr.’s article in Rolling Stone, Was the 2004 Election Stolen?. Ohio’s Ken Blackwell ensures Bush wins Ohio.

* Your state may have its own grassroots effort to verify votes. Tar Heels, go here.

* Congressman Rush Holt‘s effort to pass voting reform, HR 550, The Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act. He discussed it on Lou Dobbs’ program this week.

Hat tip to the lovely Litbrit of The Last Duchess and Shakes Sis.

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