Thursday, December 09, 2004

Electoral College Campaign

The United States government can’t prove the accuracy of the vote, with phrases like "spoilage of some votes" (mostly Black American votes), discouragement of some voters, voting tapes found in the trash can in Florida, and the president’s state election co-chair is the Secretary of State , the main voting cop in Ohio. Since they can’t prove it, they are going to have to re do it, unless we find another way.

As citizens, we must demand an accurate accounting of the vote. We hire an accounting firm for an awards show, and fail to achieve an accurate counting of the vote. We can count a dollar down to a tenth of a penny (like at the gas station) but can’t produce an accurate vote count with a verifiable paper trail. We can’t pretend to be that stupid. We the People have the Power to get the Electoral College to do the right thing. With the web, we have the tools.

The Electoral College met and the president was declared the winner. Yet, there is positive movement whereby the New York Times, the Washington Post, Congressman John Conyers, Rev. Jessie Jackson and most importantly, Sen. John Kerry are now looking into the matter of voter fraud. It isn't over until Congress approves and Sen. Kerry could be the one senator to stand with the Congressional Black Caucus come president approval time.

There is still time to make a change by demanding an honest count of the vote. Research what's going on and talk about the results.

The Electoral College (EC) says "There is no Constitutional provision or Federal law requiring electors to vote in accordance with the popular vote in their States." Some States have such requirements. It’s time for a campaign directly to the members of the EC to restore integrity to the voting process. Many states electors are not bound to the voting results.

Gathering the evidence (much is available on line) that this election was corrupt, and making a case to the electors to vote the Will of the People, and not the Will of the Government, could solve our short term problem, our corrupt election system. There is much to do after this.

Campaigns in the dirtiest states are those with 15 or more alleged incidents per 100,000 votes on the Boston Globe list. They include (state-electoral votes) AZ-10. GA-15., IL-21, LA-9, MO-11, NJ-15, NY-31, PA-21, TX-34

Where I live, Arizona, we only have 10 electoral voters (EV), but an on line campaign of citizens contacting their EV, over the country may make a difference. It doesn’t matter if they went Bush or Kerry. That’s not the point. Each voter needs to make it known to their EV, how they voted and demand an appropriate reaction.

This idea is based on information from the Electoral College site:

"No Legal Requirement

Electors in these States are not bound by State Law to cast their vote for a specific candidate:
ARIZONA - 10 Electoral Votes ARKANSAS - 6 Electoral Votes DELAWARE - 3 Electoral Votes GEORGIA - 15 Electoral Votes IDAHO - 4 Electoral Votes ILLINOIS - 21 Electoral Votes INDIANA - 11 Electoral Votes IOWA - 7 Electoral Votes KANSAS - 6 Electoral Votes KENTUCKY - 8 Electoral Votes LOUISIANA - 9 Electoral Votes MINNESOTA - 10 Electoral Votes MISSOURI - 11 Electoral Votes NEW HAMPSHIRE - 4 Electoral Votes NEW JERSEY - 15 Electoral Votes NEW YORK - 31 Electoral Votes NORTH DAKOTA - 3 Electoral Votes PENNSYLVANIA - 21 Electoral Votes RHODE ISLAND - 4 Electoral Votes SOUTH DAKOTA - 3 Electoral Votes TENNESSEE - 11 Electoral Votes TEXAS - 34 Electoral Votes UTAH - 5 Electoral Votes WEST VIRGINIA - 5 Electoral Votes "

The point is not, despite my personal issues, to get the president out of office. The point is to restore truth to voting. So if the game is to be played in the Electoral College, lets go to the stadium. From there the game moves to congress. I suspect the Will of the People is coming forward and there is no stopping the truth.

From the Electoral College site’s FAQ’s:

"Must electors vote for the candidate who won their State's popular vote?

There is no Constitutional provision or Federal law that requires electors to vote according to the results of the popular vote in their States. Some States, however, require electors to cast their votes according to the popular vote. These pledges fall into two categories -- electors bound by State law and those bound by pledges to political parties.
Which States bind electors to popular vote results? Refer to Electors Bound by State Law and Pledges to find out."

Based on the evidence of vote fraud throughout many states in the union, it's wrong to make a decision as important as who will be the next President of the United States of America on a lie.

'Tain't fittin. It just 'tain't fittin.' The truth needs to be factored into the decision.

Kerry's concession.

John Kerry is an old lawyer who knew the concession speech didn't matter. It may have helped whoever is rigging the elections to put their guard down a bit, which leaves room for the rest of us to rise. From the Electoral College site:

"What impact does a candidate's concession speech have on the Electoral College process?
None. A candidate's concession speech does not impact the States' duties and responsibilities related to the Electoral College system. On December 13, 2004, the electors will meet in each State to cast their ballots.
The Supreme Court has held that the Constitution does not require that electors be completely free to act as they choose and therefore, political parties may extract pledges from electors to vote for the parties' nominees. Some State laws provide that so-called "faithless electors" may be subject to fines or may be disqualified for casting an invalid vote and be replaced by a substitute elector. The Supreme Court has not specifically ruled on the question of whether pledges and penalties for failure to vote as pledged may be enforced under the Constitution. No elector has ever been prosecuted for failing to vote as pledged.
Today, it is rare for electors to disregard the popular vote by casting their electoral vote for someone other than their party's candidate. Electors generally hold a leadership position in their party or were chosen to recognize years of loyal service to the party. Throughout our history as a nation, more than 99 percent of electors have voted as pledged."
The names of the electors are posted

Here's a sample e-mail structure that can be used to contact your congressperson, senator, governor, media, friends, family, neighbors and prayer lists.

Subject:

I voted for _____________.

Text:

As a _______ voter, you are advised that I voted for ________ in the 2004 Presidential Primary.

Attached is the supporting documentation that I think you should look at to make your decision as to the true will of the people in our state.

(insert your strongest links and ideas, or copy your favorite from this article.)

I know you will do the right thing and restore the will of the people to government.

Your Name, Citizen

(copy everyone you can think of - make it a topic of discussion)

There are many pre written letters through these links if that's better for you. I think it's got to come from your heart. Articles and evidence that ring true to you. Just write it once and copy everyone you can. Make it a topic of holiday discussion. A gift we can give ourselves. The truth.

Also, contact your Secretary of State.

National Association of Secretaries of State.

From the contact sheet at the EC website:

"Contacts
For more information on the Electoral College and the election responsibilities of the States and the Archivist of the United States, contact the Office of the Federal Register:
Telephone:
202-741-6030
Email:
electoral_college@nara.gov

Your Electoral College contacts at the Office of the Federal Register are:
Michael White, Director of Legal Affairs and Policy
Amy Bunk, Attorney-Advisor "


Please forward to whomever could add ideas or actions to this one. Follow your heart as to your response. An e-mail, phone, letters, more web pages to the electors would at least bring attention to the problem of election fraud in the land of the free and the home of the brave. As folks copy their correspondence to their electoral representatives to the media, elected and appointed officials, and, most importantly, to our neighbors, We the People can send a message to the world that we did not elect this man in the first place.
Prescott Bush, the president’s grandfather, was Hitler’s main money man in the U.S. Like Hitler brought Germany to its knees, we are in the same danger because of our policies.
As a result of our faulty election system, we have gone into Iraq, killed at least 100,000 innocent folks, took their oil and other resources without fair compensation, while calling ourselves protecting America. I am ashamed to be an American. It's time to pump up our working to put out the oil fire that is consuming us. We didn't start the fire, but we sure have to be the ones to put it out.
There is no logical reason for millions of folks to have lost their jobs, health care, homes, credit ratings, lives and most importantly, freedom. It’s time to do better than that.
We can do better than that.

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