Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Of ACORN and Other Nuts
Bearing acutely in mind events during and after the 2000 and 2004 elections, I am more than a tad nervous about the upcoming election--and I'm not alone. Check out the latest issue of Rolling Stone or the Brennan Center for Justice's report on voter purges. Some accuse me of catastrophizing, pointing to the polls and the hundreds of thousands of people galvanized by this election and newly registered to vote. Given the various and sundry measures taken to suppress the vote in 2000 and 2004 , I anticipate more and more vile methods deployed this time, including attempts to disenfranchise the million or so people who have lost their homes to foreclosure this year, and curious reasons that provisional ballots will need to be cast--provisional meaning the ballots may or may not be counted, provided the election officials' frame of mind or political inclination. Used your middle initial on your driver's license but not on your social security card? ZAP -- No vote for you! (Maybe, see "provisional" above.
All of the BS about ACORN contractors registering NFL defensive lines and cartoon characters (like such obvious attempts to get more money when paid by the signature wouldn't be caught when the lists were turned in) is merely an attempt deflect attention away from the REAL travesties underway, like the thousands of registrants purged from the rolls in Colorado and other states. Call me an alarmist, but after you do, please share the following information as widely as possible:
1. VOTE EARLY. If there's any "problem" with your registration, maybe it can be corrected and eliminate the "need" for a provisional ballot. Call your friends and relatives who can vote early and encourage them to! EARLY VOTE DATES BY STATE
2. STEAL BACK YOUR VOTE!
See Bobby Kennedy Jr.'s and Greg Palast's video, download the comic, pass it out on the street.
3. Think ex-cons can't vote? Find out the truth.
And now, of other nuts, in response to a third grader's question on what the Vice President does:
Please, make sure your vote counts.
Posted by MtnGrl at 9:28 PM