Election Boycotts Are Popular Worldwide — And Now in the US, too!
INTRO BY ELECTION DISSENTER TED RALL:
“Voter boycotts have a long and honorable tradition in other countries. Don’t believe the hype—they really care if we don’t vote. Why do you think tyrants like Saddam held regular elections? They were the only candidate on the ballot, but th ey craved electoral legitimacy. Same thing here. Imagine if only 5% of Americans voted. It would send the message that we disapprove of our government. If only 5% voted, 9/11 might never have happened because Al Qaeda could never have argued that we agreed with US foreign policy. The UN would view us for what we are, the oppressed citizens of an authoritarian police state. Most importantly, it would create the space for a new political movement—space currently being taken up by the duopoly.
Let them bomb innocent Pakistanis without my endorsement.”
“Palestinians should refuse to participate in elections while public freedoms are suppressed, former minister and detainee Wasfi Qabha said Tuesday.” http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=513626
“Some activists boycotted the election, calling it illegitimate or claiming that the ruling Supreme Council of Armed Forces (Scaf) would rig it in favour of Mr Shafiq.” http://www.thenational.ae/thenationalconversation/comment/low-voter-turnout-showed-egyptians-mixed-emotions
“One off-limit subject is the call for an election boycott. RWB says: “Those who mention the boycott, such as opposition groups on social networks, are immediately sanctioned.” http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/greenslade/2012/sep/04/journalist-safety-belarus
“The Democratic United Party pushed ahead with its second primary vote in the southeastern city of Ulsan on Sunday despite the boycott of the election by three of the four contenders.”
“The Islamic Action Front political party in Jordan has denied that it has pledged to review its position on an election boycott.”
“Namibia: NDP Threatens to Boycott Sibbinda Election”
“Libyan Tabu tribe threatens election boycott.”
“Morocco: Stop Harassing Election Boycott Advocates”
And now in the US, too!
ELECTION DISSENTERS — ORGANIZE!