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Book Salon: Count My Vote

count-my-vote-steven-rosenfeld.jpgLong lines at the polling places.

Stories about defective or hacked electronic voting systems. 

Not enough ballots printed for use on Election Day, or printed incorrectly.

Students misled into thinking they cannot vote in the state where they go to school.

Veterans living at the VA, people living in group homes, and the homeless being challenged on the basis that there are multiple people with different last names all registered to vote from that address.

Plans by GOP operatives to use lists of houses in foreclosure as a basis for challenging voters at the polls.

How are voters to know how to protect their precious right to vote?

AlterNet reporter Steven Rosenfeld to the rescue! He has produced a Handy Dandy little tome called “Count My Vote – A Citizen’s Guide to Voting.” The first section is an easy to read 61 pages, but my personal favorite part of the book was the second half, the “State – by – State Voting Guide” which contains information compiled from the websites of secretaries of state or statewide boards of elections from all 50 states. It is set up in an easy to understand graphic format and should be a “must have” item in the toolbox of voting rights advocates everywhere.

Steve spent a year looking at the barriers to voting and the strategies that have been successful in overcoming those barriers. He offers helpful and practical tips on how you, the voter, can protect your own right to vote.

I have one teensy improvement to suggest: if there is a second printing, I hope they will consider printing on smaller pages so that the book would fit in the back pocket of a pair of jeans. This useful reference should be in the back pocket of campaign operatives and voting rights advocates on election day and the weeks leading up to it.

[hat tip and a deep curtsey to Bev for all the terrific links]

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looseheadprop

In rugby, the looseheadprop is the player in the front row of the scrum, who has the ability to collapse the scrum, pretty much at will and without the referee knowing who did it.
While this can give the LHP's team a great tactical advantage, it also exposes scrum players from both teams to the dangers of catastrophic spinal cord injury.
Consequently, playing this position makes you understand your responsibility to put doing the right thing ahead of winning, and to think beyond your own wants and desires. It also makes you very law and order oriented.

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