the sElection 2004 page was created with the knowledge that people would be posting tons and tons and tons of pResidential sElection related stories to the site, and with the fear that all these stories would overwhelm the rest of the site, including stories on local election issues. local election stories will be found on the front page, just like normal, but also in a special section, here: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/action/oregonelections2004/
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the term "sElection" was chosen to reflect the dubious circumstances of U.S. elections; that is, how much of a true election is there, in actuality? the 2000 pResidential race featured an out-an-out coup on top of widespread fraud and disenfranchisement. (no matter what the democrats might say, it was not nader that lost the election for gore -- it was lots of black people and alleged felons and others not being allowed to vote in the south, the supreme court limiting which counties could be recounted, supreme court justices refusing to recuse themselves even though they had conflicts of interest, republican dirty tricks, electronic voting machine anamolies, and -- last but not least -- lacksadaisal attempts by gore and his legal team and the democratic leadership to actually *win*. remember how they called off jesse jackson when he went to florida to protest?) this year promises more of the same, with more states using electronic voting machines, continued shenanigans with the voter rolls in florida, and a "choice" that is not much of a choice at all, and wasn't very democratically decided, either. (ref. the democrats' new "front-loaded" primary system, which greatly lessens the power of grassroots, low-cash campaigns.) money has taken over the entire process, and it doesn't belong to "we the people" at all anymore.
hence the word, "sElection" rather than "Election".
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