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America's Democracy Depends on Us!


How can protection of voters' rights granted in the 14th and 15th Constitutional Amendments enacted following the Civil War, in the Civil and Voting Rights Acts passed between 1866 and 1968, and the legislation of 1920 granting women the right to vote count for so little in this country in 2004?

Here are some ways you can take action:

1. CHALLENGE THE OHIO ELECTORS
On Thursday, January 6, the 109th Congress will meet in joint session in the House chamber at 1:00 pm to open and count the electoral vote certificates of each state. This is the final step in the presidential election process before the inauguration according to the Electoral Count Act of 1887.

Objections may be offered to both individual electoral votes and state returns as a whole. Objections must be in writing and signed by one Senator and one Representative. If an objection is received and determined to be valid, the electoral vote count session is recessed. The two houses then consider the objections separately for no more than two hours when each house votes separately to agree or disagree with the objection.

Then the joint session reconvenes and the decisions of each house are announced. If both houses agree to the objection, then the electoral vote or votes in question are not counted. Otherwise, the vote or votes stand as submitted and are counted.

Still in question, however, are election results in Ohio, New Mexico, Nevada and Florida.

In Ohio, where the official recounts were terminated on December 28, state and county election officials failed to examine votes in 97 percent of the state's precincts and, in many cases, hand-picked the 3% of precincts where votes were recounted. Extensive evidence of irregularities and alleged fraud continues to be compiled and analyzed ranging from voter intimidation and disenfranchisement, vote suppression, recount delays and obstruction, and vote machine tampering.

  • Read more at The Freepress Site.
  • View Ohio Election Fraud summary online or pdf http://www.bpac.info/
  • Rep. John Conyers, ranking minority member of the House Judiciary Committee, has announced that he will challenge the Ohio electors on January 6 along with other colleagues in the House. He has sent a letter to each Senator.
    Read more: Truthout Article

In 2000, the Senate fell silent when not one Senator stood with those Representatives who challenged the Florida vote.

ASK YOUR SENATORS TO "Stand Up For Democracy" in 2004!

Rep. Conyers along with various groups are calling on these Senators, in particular, to stand up: Senators Feingold, Leahy, Harkin, Murray, Durbin, and Kerry.

Conyers is also seeking support from Senators Biden, Bingaman, Boxer, Byrd, Chaffee (R-RI), Clinton, Conrad, Corzine, Dodd, Dorgan, Inyoue, Jeffords, Kennedy, Lautenberg, Mikulski, Nelson (FL), Obama, Jack Reed, Rockefeller, Sarbanes, Schumer, Stabenow, and Wyden.

CALL NOW - CALL TODAY through Thursday, Jan 6th noon. Call the Capitol switchboard toll free 800-839-5276. For District and Washington Senate office numbers look in the Blue Pages of your telephone book under United States Government offices. Send an Email: Send emails to individual senators using the individual email form provided at their own website. For each Senator type http:// senator's last name.senate.gov For example: see http://feingold.senate.gov - follow instructions for email contact.

For Talking Points see: Objecting to the Jan. 6th Electors

2. CALL FOR INVESTIGATION OF THE 2004 ELECTION by the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives, specifically in Ohio, Florida, New Mexico, and Nevada.
Email Rep. Jim Sensebrenner, Chair of the Judiciary Committee, at Rep. Jim Sensebrenner's Site
Support Rep. Conyers, ranking minority member of the Judiciary Committee.

3. JOIN RALLIES AND MARCHES - there is a NEW Pro-Democracy Movement Building. For Events Calendar - visit the site: Case Ohio Site and click on "link to events nationwide" to find an event.

Monday, January 3rd, Defend Democracy in the Ohio Rally at 2:00 pm. Join Reverend Jesse Jackson and the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, Progressive Democrats of America, United for Peace and Justice, C.A.S.E. Ohio and others to demand that:

  • all the Ohio votes be counted
  • all voting irregularities are investigated
  • Ohio electors not be seated until there is an accurate final count

Capitol Theatre Vern Riffe Center For Government and the Arts, 77 South High Street at High and State Streets, across from the Ohio State House in downtown Columbus.

Tuesday, January 4 - Thursday, January 6th "Selma" March from Baltimore to Washington

Wednesday, January 5th. Freedom Ride from Columbus to Washington

Thursday, January 6th. 10 AM Rally at Lafayette Park across from the White House and march to Capitol Hill to join others at noon 12 NOON - 4:00 PM. Defend Democracy Rally and Vigil outside the Capitol while votes are opened and counted inside.

4. RECEIVE EMAIL UPDATES on the 2004 Election Investigations. Contact Nancy Matela, Alliance for Democracy,Portland, OR chapter at nmatela@pacifier.com

5. CALL FOR ELECTION REFORM BEFORE 2006
Contact your Senators and Representatives to support this effort!

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