December 7, 2004
'Let Every Vote Count' Rally will take place in Olympia, Washington this Saturday, December 11th on the Capital (Dome)/Legislative Building steps from noon to 2pm. Speakers will highlight reports of voter disenfranchisement in the 2004 presidential election.
Nationwide rallies are being held this weekend at state capitals around the country. www.51CapitalMarch.com
The rallies are being promoted by a coalition of national voters' right watchdog groups and prominent individuals.
Chris Stegman (360) 705-3528 firstname.lastname@example.org
Most mainstream media reports immediately following the Nov 2nd, 2004 election cited unexpected success in the voting process this year as compared to the 2000 election debacle. In the weeks following, however, many more questions have been raised about this reportedly "clean" election. Members of the staff of the Institute for Policy Studies have documented hundreds of instances where our electoral system broke down, disenfranchising many, primarily people of color, and calling into question thousands of votes in close states. The problems include voter intimidation and vote suppression, problems with electronic voting machines, and partisan elections officials. For example, in four battleground states Michigan, Missouri, Florida, and Ohio, the chief election officials (Secretary of State) were in top campaign posts for Bush and have been accused of manipulating state election laws to restrict voter access. Members of the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary have begun an investigation into election irregularities in the 2004 Presidential election, and the General Accountability Office has agreed to undertake a systematic and comprehensive review of election irregularities throughout the country.
A request for a recount in Ohio has been authorized by a federal judge and will begin sometime after the December 6th certification of results. This effort is being led by the campaign teams of Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb and the Libertarian Party candidate Michael Badnarik. It is being supported by many local, state and national voters' rights groups as well as the Democratic Party of Ohio, the Kerry-Edwards campaign, many members of Congress, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson. The local action will highlight these and other efforts along with the "Voters Bill of Rights" being promoted by the non-partisan 'Center for Voting and Democracy'. The voters bill of rights calls for guaranteeing a voter-verified paper trail for all voting machines, replacing partisan oversight with non-partisan election commissions, making election day a national holiday, making it easier to vote, counting every vote, re-enfranchising ex-felons and non-felons, implementing instant runoff voting, moving towards proportional representation, replacing big money control with public financing and equal air-time, guaranteeing equal access to the ballot and debates, and abolishing the electoral college.
Go to www.nov3.us for the full text of the Voters Bill of Rights.
This is a link to a capital map and directions to Olympia. www.leg.wa.gov/common/maps/parking.htm