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Have you voted?

Rock the Vote wants to know.  Go report your vote, then follow their suggestion and update your Facebook profile with a new “I voted” picture.  I’ll repeat their other suggestions; we’ve made them here before:

  • Video your vote; there are numerous places to post it, but one option is blog.rockthevote.com.
  • Program this number into your phone:  1-866-OUR-VOTE; Call it if you have *any* problems voting.
  • Refuse to leave your polling place without voting.  If you have to, vote on a paper provisional ballot.  Take a picture of it with your cell phone.  And then call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.
  • Take all your friends and have a party at the polls.  Play UNO, play I Spy, take a portable DVD player and watch a movie.  Whatever.  Celebrate your right to vote and have fun!

For more info, and to find out where your polling place is and what’s needed to vote where you are, visit Rock The Vote.

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Good on Starbucks

Go into any Starbucks on election day, wear your “I Voted” sticker (or tell them you voted, but I’d rather prove it), and they’ll give you a free tall cup of freshly brewed coffee.  Way to go Starbucks.  We know that they’ve closed a lot of stores this year, the economy is in a downswing and that can’t be good for long term earnings (though they closed up 4% on Friday).  But they support a lot of good causes and they are encouraging folks to vote, so support them:  go get your free cup of coffee on Tuesday and pick up a cookie or a brownie or a muffin while you’re there.

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Steal Back Your Vote

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Greg Palast have created a comic-book guide to help you steal back your vote.  Click for a larger version:

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Purging the voter rolls in GA

Back in September, we talked about the process of purging voter rolls because of mismatched information.  This is the process being used in several swing states to match a voter’s registration info against computerized personal identification info, like social security info or driver’s license info.  As we mentioned then, if a data entry person, keying thousands of bits of data per day, keys a person’s name wrong by one letter, their registration will be kicked out as invalid and they may not be allowed to vote.

An article Sunday at CNN.com verifies that this is happening in Georgia with, of course, Democratic voters.  (Note:  I have yet to see evidence that this ever happens to Republican voters.)  I encourage you to read the full article.  I’ll extract here the story of college senior Kyla Berry, who was looking forward to voting in her first election:

College senior Kyla Berry was looking forward to voting in her first presidential election, even carrying her voter registration card in her wallet.

But about two weeks ago, Berry got disturbing news from local election officials.

“This office has received notification from the state of Georgia indicating that you are not a citizen of the United States and therefore, not eligible to vote,” a letter from the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections said.

But Berry is a U.S. citizen, born in Boston, Massachusetts. She has a passport and a birth certificate to prove it. 

The letter, which was dated October 2, gave her a week from the time it was dated to prove her citizenship. There was a problem, though — the letter was postmarked October 9.

“It was the most bizarre thing. I immediately called my mother and asked her to send me my birth certificate, and then I was like, ‘It’s too late, apparently,’ ” Berry said.

Berry is one of more than 50,000 registered Georgia voters who have been “flagged” because of a computer mismatch in their personal identification information. At least 4,500 of those people are having their citizenship questioned and the burden is on them to prove eligibility to vote.

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So someone like Kyla Berry will be allowed to cast a provisional ballot when she votes, but it’s up to county election officials whether those ballots would actually count.

Berry says she will try to vote, but she’s not confident it will count.

“I know this happens, but I cannot believe it’s happening to me,” she said. “If I weren’t allowed to vote, I would just feel like that would be … like the worst thing ever — a travesty.”

We all know what happens to these provisional ballots:  they get trashed.  They do not count … ever.  So, no, Ms. Berry, you won’t be able to vote. 

For information on what you can do about voter suppression and voter fraud and what you need to do before and as you vote, see A little bit on voting.

Note:  As I write this, I’m listening to Obama speak to a crowd in PA.  He’s reminding us that we have to keep going.  Speaking in the rain and calling on the post office’s motto, he’s saying, ‘whether rain, or sleet, or snow, we’re gonna keep going; we’re gonna see this through.’  Vote, people.  No matter what the polls say, no matter how confident the folks around you, vote.  The polls are only good if backed up by votes.  VOTE.

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A little bit on voting

Here are some things you should know and do before you vote.

  1. Confirm that your registration is correct.  You can do this via CanIVote.org.  You can also visit Voters Unite! to get state by state information.
  2. Check and see if you can vote early by visiting Rock the Vote’s election center or Know How To Vote.  If you can, DO!
  3. Confirm your polling place via Rock the Vote’s election center or Vote411.org.
  4. On election day, get to the polls early.  Make sure you bring proper ID (usually your driver’s license) and that you are aware of the rules in your state governing whether or not you can wear clothing advertising your candidate.  When you go to vote, DO NOT VOTE STRAIGHT PARTY TICKET.  In most cases, this will not record your vote for president and US Senate.
  5. Take a video camera (your cell phone will do) and video your vote.  Why?  If your polling place uses an electronic voting machine, there will be no way to verify your vote if it is lost or counted incorrectly.  There are already reports of vote switching (votes for democrats being switched to republican votes).  If this happens to you, the only record you may have is the video tape of your vote.  Once you have the video, upload it to VideotheVote.org.  IF THIS DOES HAPPEN, here are some steps you can take (h/t BradBlog): 
    • Call poll supervisors to observe the problem
    • Fill out a problem report
    • Refuse to vote on that machine
    • Request that the machine be taken out of service
    • Get a serial number of the machine if possible (may be unlikely in many cases)
    • Tell other voters not to vote on that machine
    • Call county/town election office
    • Call local reporters
    • Call voter problem hotlines (eg. 866-MYVOTE1 and 866-OUR-VOTE) (Program this number into your cell phone before you go vote) 
    • Contact bloggers and Election Integrity websites.
    • Raise holy hell.

Video taping your vote and experience at the polling place is also a great way to document any attempts at voter intimidation.

One of the clearest ways that Barack Obama can lose the election at this point is through voter fraud.  To learn more about this issue and how you can be an instrument in fighting it, check out these sites:

866ourVote.org

VotersUnite.org

Rolling Stone article by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Greg Palast:  Block the Vote

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How You Lost the Election for Barack Obama

Seriously. Vote.

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Watch this

I’m headed to bed with a migraine (no, you don’t need to know this, but I thought I’d share).  While I’m gone, you should watch this video on ACORN from Brave New Films.  It’s the real deal.

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