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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
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P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 11.03.08 1. Vote Amber not Betty 11.04 7am 2. Cavlan not Franken 11.04 7am 3. Stop cops at polls 11.04 7am 4. RNC/court watch 11.04 9am 5. Synthetic biology 11.04 11:30am 6. RNC CourtW/meet 11.04 6pm 7. Terrorizing Dissent 11.04 7pm 8. GP election party 11.04 7pm 9. Election talk/KFAI 11.05 11am 10. Islam 11.05 2pm/7pm 11. Vigil/prez/war 11.05 4:30pm 12. Election meaning 11.05 7pm 13. Jazz CD group 14. Boaz et al - Is the election about to be stolen in OH PA et al? --------1 of 14-------- From: Amber Garlan <agarlan [at] hammclinic.org> Subject: Vote Amber not Betty 11.04 [Amber Alert!] Get the attention of 4th CD Rep. Betty McCollum on single payer health care! Write in Amber "Medicare for All" Garlan for 4th CD Rep. I am dissatisfied with Congresswoman Betty McCollum's refusal to support the national health care reform which would relieve all Americans from worries about getting standard, medically-necessary health care. Cost, and insurance company barriers, are real worries. I have health care insurance now, but it does not provide me with a guarantee that my health care needs will be paid for. It only provides me with a contract stating that some of my health care needs will be paid for as long as I qualify for the company's coverage. This is not acceptable to me. Nor am I content with the glaring lack of access to health care services which many of my fellow Americans suffer. All Americans suffer from fears about how well our health care needs will be met . . . I am merely more fortunate that my health care needs are being attended to now, because I am lucky enough to have some insurance at this time. I know, however, that I could easily lose this insurance through no fault of my own. Therefore, I went to Congresswoman McCollum's office in St. Paul, about two months ago, on August 19, and I brought 16 other people with me. They were all her constituents. They all wanted her to pledge her support for the bill in Congress which would end our health care worries immediately, HR 676. But she will not support it. She thinks we need insurance companies to be invovled in our health care. That is flawed thinking. Those companies are making money without guaranteeing that Americans have standard, comprehensive health care. Those companies are, instead, creating a mountainous tangle of confusing paperwork, and making us pay people to push it around. Those companies are interfering with the care and treatment decisions of my doctor and medical experts. Those companies are using my insurance premium money to lobby our Congresswoman that they need to be involved in my health care decisions. -Amber Garlan - from: Diane J. Peterson White Bear Lake, Minnesota birch7 [at] comcast.net Thank goodness my friend, Amber Garlan, has decided to send a message to our Congresswoman in the form of votes. Amber filed at the Minnesota Secretary of State's office as a write-in candidate for Congress on October 23. She is the "Medicare For All" candidate. McCollum is not on board yet with that bill, HR 676, which creates a national system of "Medicare For All." Amber and I won't wait until we're 65 to get the peace of mind that we will have all our medical needs taken care of at a reasonable cost. We won't wait for McCollum to decide that poor Americans have a right to decent health care even if they can't afford it themselves. We are writing in "Amber Garlan" on our ballots for the District 4 Congressional seat. Our goal is to get these votes counted, and revisit Congresswoman McCollum after Election Day to see what her response is to Amber's initiative. Amber has found a way to make her policy wishes heard in the language politicans understand: real votes cast by dissatisfied constituents. These will be real votes tabulated by the State of Minnesota. I am asking you to join me by writing in "Amber Garlan." I am also asking you to spread this initiative to your acquaintances, and especially to people in the health care professions. Already, a medical doctor in my congregation who is also a member of Physicians for a National Health Plan, has pledged to me that she will write in "Amber Garlan." One-on-one, we need to ask people who live in Ramsey County (which comprises the Fourth Congressional District) to do this. Amber has vowed to refrain from spending even one nickel on her campaign, freeing her from spending energy reporting into the Federal Elections Commission. She is relying on people power to spread the word about her campaign. This is a grassroots, people's movement to throw off our health care shackles. Defy the insurance profiteers, who have enslaved us, and cast a vote for health care freedom. -- From: John Kolstad <jkolstad [at] millcitymusic.com> Someone needs to challenge safe district Democrats that refuse to support real health care solutions. If Betty McCollum had spent even one hour since she was elected actually looking at the recommendation of those who independently study this issue or the entire rest of the Industrialized World, she would know and support Universal Single Payer and HF 676. A cynical person might think she has to know that Single Payer is the solution, but that she is not willing to take on the Health Insurance, Drug and Medical Industry that is so benefiting from our current bad public policy. I don't know which it is, but it is not getting done for whatever reason. It seems pretty clear that the Democrats will dominate the US House and Senate. It is of no possible doubt that the Republicans Policies and control has been a fiscal disaster. What is seriously questionable is whether the Democrats in the overwhelming majority will actually do something to really solve the health care disaster or propose more bandaids. If history is an indicator, the Democrats, if they get the large majority, will give lip service to really solving problems, but will ultimately serve the excessively wealthy and powerful that controll the government now, (And give $$$ for campaigns) and they will not pass real solutions to pressing problems. (I hope I'm wrong, but.....) So if the Democrats fail again, like they did the last time they had total control of the Government, the public should be persuaded that Going back to the Republicans is not a going to solve anything. America needs a new alternative. Whether Green or Brown or Blue or Inde, there needs to be an alternative to the Digital Political System we are forced to endure; Digital is binary, either 0 or 1. This is an analog world. We can handle more that two choices. Therefore this write-in candidate is to be applauded and thanked. Again, assuming the Dems will win against the Repubs, who have disgraced themselves, their party and their supporters, As soon as the election is over, we need to start a movement to contact all Members of Congress and the Senate and let them know that if they don't stop working for the benefit of the very wealthy and powerful and start working for the "Commonwealth" then we will collectively work to replace them with someone, whether within one of the parties or not, who will work for those who elected them. --------2 of 14------- From: Michael Cavlan greenpartymike <ollamhfaery [at] earthlink.net> Subject: Cavlan not Franken 11.04 Congrats Amber: I also have just officially become a write in candidate for United States Senate. -Michael Cavlan --------3 of 14-------- From: Michelle Gross <mgresist [at] visi.com> Subject: Stop cops at polls 11.04 7am THIS TUESDAY: STOP POLICE INTIMIDATION AT THE POLLS! The St. Paul police federation just announced a plan to gather petition signatures at polling places in order to garner raises. Beyond the question of whether they deserve raises after their conduct at the RNC, the presence of police officers at polling places may well have a chilling effect on people of color and poor people trying to exercise their right to vote. This is especially so in light of an urban myth circulated by a certain political party that people with warrants and outstanding tickets will be arrested if they try to vote. CUAPB will be at selected polling places in St. Paul getting out "your rights as a voter" flyers and observing and taping police conduct at those sites. Polls are open 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. so we need lots of folks to help with this effort. If you can give even a few hours to this on Tuesday, please email mgresist [at] minn.net with your time availability. Folks are especially needed during the day. -- Petition effort for cops' pay criticized Polls are called wrong place for drive By Mara H. Gottfried mgottfried [at] pioneerpress.com 10/31/2008 http://www.twincities.com/alllistings/ci_10870269?source=rss&source=topixheadlines People voting in St. Paul on Election Day shouldn't have to worry about walking past police officers seeking signatures for a petition outside polling places, two state legislators and others said Friday. Rep. John Lesch and Sen. Sandy Pappas, both Democrats representing St. Paul, asked the St. Paul Police Federation to take their drive to different places or not do it on Election Day. "We think it's the wrong idea, it's a bad tactic, it risks potential voter intimidation," Lesch said at a news conference Friday. "There are people who could have unpaid parking tickets, people who have unpaid speeding tickets who might just turn right around because it's just not worth their time to take that risk of having to walk past a police officer in order to exercise their constitutional right to vote." Federation President Dave Titus said officers won't be on duty or in uniform, will be outside exits where possible and won't be checking anyone's identification or license plates for possible infractions. The police union said Thursday that its members will be collecting signatures to get an amendment to St. Paul's charter on the next ballot. The amendment would specify that police officers be among the top five cities for pay, compared with police in Minneapolis and metro-area suburbs with populations of at least 25,000. St. Paul officers are currently ranked 15th in the metro area for pay over a 30-year career, according to the police union. Titus said that many soliciting signatures aren't officers, but are family members, volunteers or temporary workers. The signature seekers will be wearing orange shirts that say "Federation petition drive," Titus said. Federation board members will be wearing navy sweat shirts that say "Federation" in 2-inch print and "St. Paul Police" in half-inch print on the left chest, Titus said. The shirts don't have badge insignia on them, he said. "It is very disappointing that an elected official who has sworn to uphold the constitutional laws of this state would hold the opinion that the mere presence of a person wearing a shirt that reads, 'Federation', the union that represents peace officers, would be intimidating and somehow wrong," Titus said. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said Friday that petitions are allowed as long as the petitioners are more than 100 feet from the polling place door. Titus said they would abide by that requirement. Marvin Rouse, a retired teacher and St. Paul resident, also spoke at Friday's news conference. "To see our country come to this point and to have minorities being able to come and speak freely, we don't need anything to jeopardize this," he said. On the petition drive in general, Lesch said he supports "any union organization wanting to ensure that they're fairly paid." A spokesman for Mayor Chris Coleman has said St. Paul police officers are "more than fairly compensated" and it's "bad policy to codify a city employee's pay in the charter." A St. Paul officer with five years of experience will make about $60,000 a year when the 2008 wage increase is implemented. If the department were ranked fifth for pay, that officer would make about $2,000 a year more, according to a Pioneer Press analysis. To get a charter amendment on next year's ballot, the union needs to obtain signatures totaling 5 percent of St. Paul's voter turnout Tuesday. Ramsey County Elections Manager Joe Mansky estimated 7,500 signatures would be needed. The federation is aiming for 12,000. Jason Hoppin contributed to this report. --------4 of 14-------- From: Do'ii <syncopatingrhythmsabyss [at] gmail.com> Subject: RNC/court watch 11.04 9am Come support the RNC arrestees! The days of direct action are over, but the legal support work has just begun. People are going up before the court and the state to face their criminal charges for expressing their dissent during the RNC. We need a strong showing of community solidarity in the courtrooms to support our friends and provide a deterrent to judge's behavior. Having many people present at the upcoming hearings is an effective way of challenging the political oppression of the RNC protesters. Come out and show your solidarity! Food and drink are not allowed in the courtroom and all supporters will have to pass through a metal detector (no guns, knives, or scissors are allowed past security). While in court, supporters must remain silent and will not be allowed to carry signs through the security station; the strength of our collective presence will send the message we need to send. If you are interested in doing court watches, you must contact rnccourtwatch [at] gmail.com for information you will need in order to be a court watcher. THE PEOPLE UNITED WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED! [This schedule will be printed this ONCE! If you want it, SAVE it! -ed] When: Tuesday November 04, 2008 Time: 9:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M. Where: Ramsey County Courthouse Judge DeCourcy When: Tuesday November 04, 2008 Time: 1:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. Where: Ramsey County Courthouse, Room 131A Judge Marrinan When: Wednesday November 05, 2008 Time: 9:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M Where: Ramsey County Courthouse Judge Edward Wilson When: Thursday November 06, 2008 Time: 8:30 A.M.-11:00 A.M. Where: Public Safety Facility, Room 142 Judge Thorwarld Anderson When: Thursday November 06, 2008 Time: 9:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M. Where: Ramsey County Courthouse Judge Edward Wilson When: Thursday November 06, 2008 Time: 9:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. Where: Ramsey County Courthouse Judge VanDeNorth When: Thursday November 06, 2008 Time: 1:00 P.M.-3:30 P.M. Where: Ramsey County Courthouse Judge Edward Wilson When: Friday November 07, 2008 Time: 1:00 P.M.-3:30 P.M. Where: Ramsey County Courthouse Room 131A Judge Fetsch When: Monday November 10, 2008 Time: 9:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. Where: Ramsey County Courthouse Judge Guthmann Where: Monday November 10, 2008 Time: 9:00 A.M.-11:30 A.M. Where: Ramsey County Courthouse Judge Fetsch When: Thursday November 13, 2008 Time: 8:30 A.M.-11:30 A.M. Where: Public Safety Facility, Room 142 Judge (please contact rnccourtwatch [at] gmail.com for updated info) When: Thursday November 13, 2008 Time: 8:30 A.M.-11:00 A.M. Where: Public Safety Facility, Room 141 Judge Hopper When: Thursday November 13, 2008 Time: 1:15 P.M.-3:45 P.M. Where: LEC, Room 102 Judge Gearin When: Thursday November 13, 2008 Time: 1:30 P.M.-4:00 P.M. Where: (please contact rnccourtwatch [at] gmail.com for updated info) Judge Nathanson When: Monday November 17, 2008 Time: 9:00 A.M.-11:30 A.M. Where: Ramsey County Courthouse Judge Clark When: Monday November 17, 2008 Time: 1:30 P.M.-4:00 P.M. Where: Ramsey County Courthouse Judge Guthmann When: Tuesday November 18, 2008 Time: 1:30 P.M.-3:30 P.M. Where: Ramsey County Courthouse Judge Monahan When: Wednesday November 19, 2008 Time: 1:15 P.M.-3:45 P.M. Where: LEC, Room 102 Judge Finley When: Wednesday November 26, 2008 Time: 9:00 A.M.-11:30 A.M. Where: Ramsey County Courthouse Judge Awsumb --------5 of 14-------- From: Consortium on Law & Values and JDP Program <lawvalue [at] umn.edu> Subject: Synthetic biology 11.04 11:30am The Paradigm Shift of Synthetic Biology: Tensions Between Innovation and Security Prof. Arti Rai, JD, Duke University School of Law Tuesday, November 4, 11:30am-1:00pm Coffman Memorial Union Theater (1st Floor) Arti Rai In her lecture, Prof. Rai will discuss how synthetic biology aims to effect a paradigm shift in biology, changing it from a relatively high cost, centralized endeavor to one that operates through cheap DNA synthesis and standardized parts. The most passionate synthetic biology proponents envision a future in which decentralized networks of small firms and individual inventors can cheaply "hack" (i.e. improve) standardized DNA parts in the same way that they currently hack computer code. The accelerated innovation potentially produced through decentralization and standardization could be extremely important for social welfare - end results could include, for example, low-cost, environ-mentally friendly fuels. On the other hand, decentralization may increase the potential for entry by actors with nefarious motives. The challenge for law and policy is two-fold: first, to determine whether more decentralized innovation will in fact increase security threats; and second, if so, to determine how tensions between accelerating innovation and maintaining security should be mediated. Prof. Arti K. Rai, JD, is the Elvin R. Latty Professor of Law at Duke University School of Law. She is an expert in patent law, innovation policy, and law and the biopharmaceutical industry. Her current research, funded by the NIH, focuses on intellectual property issues raised by collaborative R&D in areas ranging from synthetic biology to drug development. Commentators: Shaun Kennedy Amber Thomas Jordan Paradise, JD Director, National Center for Assoc. Dir. for Education & Food Protection and Defense Research, Consortium on Law & Values This event is free and open to the public. This lecture is intended for students, faculty, attorneys, researchers, scientists, policymakers, and community members. Continuing Education--CLE & CME Application for 1.5 hours of general Continuing Legal Education (CLE) for attorneys has been submitted. The University of Minnesota is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Application for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits has been filed with the University of Minnesota Office of Continuing Medical Education. Determination of credit is pending. It is the policy of the University of Minnesota Office of Continuing Medical Education to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all of its sponsored educational activities. Registration is recommended for those requesting continuing education credit. Registration is available online at www.lifesci.consortium.umn.edu/, by phone at 612-625-0055, or by email at lawvalue [at] umn.edu. Please provide your name, email address and indicate if continuing education credits are requested. --------6 of 14-------- From: Do'ii <syncopatingrhythmsabyss [at] gmail.com> Subject: RNC CourtW/meet 11.04 6pm RNC Court Watchers are in need of participants to help with organizing court information, documentation and etc. RNC Court Watchers Meetings are every Tuesday, 6 P.M. at Caffeto's. Below is announcement for our meetings. Preemptive raids, over 800 people arrested, police brutality on the streets and torture in Ramsey County Jail. Police have indiscriminately used rubber bullets, concussion grenades, tasers and chemical irritants to disperse crowds and incapacitate peaceful, nonviolent protesters. The RNC-8 and others are facing felonies and years in jail. We must fight this intimidation, harassment and abuse! Join the RNC Court Solidarity Meeting this coming Tuesday at Caffetto's to find out how you can make a difference in the lives of many innocent people. Caffetto's Coffeehouse and Gallery (612)872-0911 708 W 22nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55405 Every Tuesday @ 6:00 P.M to 7:00 P.M participate and help organize RNC court solidarity. For more information, please contact: rnccourtwatch [at] gmail.com THE PEOPLE UNITED WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED! --------7 of 14-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Terrorizing Dissent 11.04 7pm Tuesday, 11/4, 7 pm, free screening of RNC documentary "Terrorizing Dissent," (2 hours), Arise Books, 2441 Lyndale Ave S, Mpls. http://www.terrorizingdissent.org --------8 of 14-------- From: Amber Garlan Subject: GP election party 11.04 7pm On November 4th there will be an election night party for the Green Party at "Casablanca". "Casablanca" is at 2630 University Ave. Minneapolis 55414. "Casablanca" is an independent small business very connected to the Somali community. The party starts at 7:00! Decorating starts between 5:00 and 5:30. Decorating volunteers would be greatly appreciated and adored. See everyone on election night for food, fun and democracy! --------9 of 14-------- From: Andy Driscoll <andy [at] driscollgroup.com> Subject: Election talk/KFAI 11.05 11am TRUTH TO TELL WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5 11:00AM: ELECTION POST-MORTEM It's Over!! No matter the result - it's over Tuesday night for the time being, and with the end of the interminable elction season comes relief - win, lose, or draw. TTT's ANDY DRISCOLL and LYNNELL MICKELSEN will bring to this hour the results, the cheering of wins, the weeping and gnashing of losses, and some analysis of who and what made the differences in the outcome of this historic exercise in democracy after what is likely the most rancorous raft of contests ever to hit the political stage. Will we have elected this nation's first African-American president? Will the state's first-term incumbent US senator be unseated by a comedian whose serious side surprised many? Will Minnesota help tip the Congressional balance more heavily to Democrats than once possible or expected? What about the State House? The School referenda? The Constitutional Amendment? The Judicial races? We'll have interviews from Election Night parties and reports from KFAI's field correspondents. GUESTS: TOM O'CONNELL - Metro State Political Science Professor - and lifeline to several grassroots organizations who will give us their take on the results. MIKE DEAN - Director of Common Cause Minnesota MARK HALVORSON - Common Cause Minnesota AHNDI FRIDELL - KFAI News Director JIM LEINFELDER - Free-lance Network Media/News Producer - and OTHERS KFAI Radio, 90.3 Minneapolis /106.7 St. Paul / Streamed @ KFAI.org A CivicMedia/Minnesota production Podcasts are available for all Truth to Tell shows: <http://truthtotell.mypodcast.com/> RSS Feed: <http://truthtotell.mypodcast.com/rss.xml> --------10 of 14-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Islam 11.05 2pm/7pm Wednesday, 11/5, 2 to 3:30 pm, Gallup Organization senior analyst Dalia Mogahed speaks on "Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think," 3M Auditorium, Carlson School. U of M West Bank, 321 - 19th Ave S, Mpls. mccoy019 [at] umn.edu or 612-624-7346. Wednesday, 11/5, 7 pm, Gallup Organization senior analyst Dalia Mogahed speaks on "Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think," Owens Science Hall, U of St Thomas, 2115 Summit Ave, St Paul. mcdc [at] stthomas.edu or 651-962-5650. --------11 of 14-------- From: "wamm [at] mtn.org" <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Vigil/prez/war 11.05 4:30pm Vigil: Tell the President-Elect, TROOPS HOME NOW!!! Wednesday, November 5, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Lake Street/Marshall Avenue Bridge spanning the Mississippi River between Minneapolis and St. Paul. Join us the day following the elections to tell the new president-elect that we want an end to war and occupation and to bring the troops home now! Please note that the weekly Lake Street/Marshall Avenue Bridge vigil has switched to winter hours (4:30 to 5:30 p.m.). Sponsored by: WAMM. FFI: Call 612-827-5364. --------12 of 14-------- From: MN Socialist Alternative <mn [at] socialistalternative.org> Subject: Election meaning 11.05 7pm Nov.5 Forum: After the Elections, What Next? Join Socialist Alternative for a discussion on what the elections will mean. You're invited to this week's Socialist Alternative Forum Wednesday, Nov. 5th, 7pm, Coffman Board Room (U of M) What Will The Elections Mean For Workers, Young People and Social Movements? Millions have been excited and politicized by Barack Obama's calls for hope and change. If elected on Nov. 4, will he follow through with his promises for changing Washington politics in the interests of ordinary people? Will he bring an end to the war in Iraq? What if McCain wins? Will this mean four more years of assaults on our civil liberties, living standards, alongside a Bush-esque neo-con foreign policy? What is the significance of Nader's vote? What are the prospects for building a new party for working people? Join Socialist Alternative after the election for a talk and discussion of the results, and how the new president, be it Obama or McCain, will impact our lives and social movements. Wednesday, November 5th 7:00pm University of Minnesota Coffman Board Room (3rd floor) --------13 of 14-------- From: ed Subject: Jazz CD group For some years a small group of chronically jazz-addicted fans have met Sunday nights in a local coffeehouse to listen to jazz CDs and talk about them and whatever else. One of them has way more CDs than brains, so is a good resource. If you might like maybe to join us some time or other you might reply to shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu and say "I might like maybe to join you some time or other" and you will be notified of further details. -Dave S --------14 of 14-------- Is the election about to be stolen in Ohio, Pennsylvania and elsewhere? by: Cynthia Boaz, Ange-Marie Hancock, David McCuan, Mark Crispin Miller and Michael Nagler, t r u t h o u t | Perspective Monday 03 November 2008 Last Friday, a federal court judge in Cleveland, Ohio, ordered Michael Connell, an information-technology consultant to the McCain '08 campaign, to give a deposition in a court proceeding. Mr. Connell, whose firm, GovTech Solutions, built Ohio's 2004 election results computer network, was in a position to have knowledge about the alleged manipulation of electronic voting results in that presidential contest (a technique known as "flipping") in order to switch the winner in Ohio from Sen. John Kerry to President Bush. The deposition is scheduled to take place today, November 3, one day before the 2008 general election. Connell is a former associate of Karl Rove, who is believed by those familiar with the events in question to have engaged in witness intimidation to prevent testimony about what happened in Ohio in 2004. They also believe that IT companies associated with the Republican Party have redeveloped the capacity to manipulate electronic voting results in Tuesday's election, both within Ohio and outside, including Pennsylvania and other key battleground states such as Colorado and New Mexico. One such firm, Triad GSI, is managing voter registration databases in 55 of Ohio's 88 counties and is hosting 25 of those databases. All this has led to speculation that the McCain campaign's insistence that they can win Pennsylvania, Ohio, and other states, despite being (in some places, significantly) behind in most of the polls, could be prompted by having been informed about planned cyber interference with electronic voting results. The reality is that a successful cyber attack only requires a few skilled IT experts with an in-depth understanding of digital security. Election returns in many states are presently emailed from local databases for statewide consolidation, without even the standard safeguards routinely used by banks and corporations. In other words, voting data can be relatively easily hacked. The lawsuit in Ohio is being pursued as a violation of voting rights laws, and it claims that Connell witnessed a "kingpin" cyber attack on electronic voting results in several Ohio counties, the consequence of which was to give the 2004 national election to Bush (had Kerry won Ohio, he would have won the election). Serious statistical anomalies in several Ohio counties' election returns, as well as a shocking disconnect between exit polls and actual results in '04 in Ohio, have never been explained. Despite being urged by his running mate John Edwards to do so, Kerry declined to take legal action in Ohio. The suspicions by some Democratic operatives about impending Republican interference with electronic voting in 2008 have been further fueled by the sustained bellicosity of Republican spokespeople about voter registration errors by ACORN, believing that exaggerations of the ACORN problem have been encouraged by those involved in the Republicans' own covert e-voting fraud in order to distract the media from recent news about the possibility of this far graver threat to the integrity of American elections. The general news media are doing a serious disservice to the cause of vigilance about honest elections by having, so far, neglected the case involving one of the McCain campaign's consultants on digital technology. It would be a travesty of historic proportions if Sen. Barack Obama won the national popular vote for president by a large margin, but lost the Electoral College narrowly because of electronic voting manipulation in two or three states. The current legal action will obviously not be resolved in time to determine the possible extent of any effort to manipulate electronic voting in 2008. But poll workers, campaign activists and local supporters of Senator Obama can do a number of practical things in order to identify and compile evidence of anomalies which may signal digital manipulation of election returns: 1. Local activists and lawyers in any state where the vote appears close should demand that county voting officials where electronic voting systems are used should, if possible, unplug their servers from the Internet and phone in their results, and otherwise never permit external IT consultants to have unsupervised physical access to hard drives after vote counting commences. 2. Screen captures of all television-reported exit poll numbers on all networks should be obtained for every state for which they are reported, to later compare them to actual vote tallies when they are reported - and the networks should assign a staff person to perform such checks. Any significant deviations from statewide exit polls in counties that don't have demographic factors to account for such differences should be flagged for later investigation. 3. Vote totals for presidential and down-ballot candidates should be compared, precinct-by-precinct and county-by-county, to see if there are strange disparities. In 2004, a Democratic candidate for a judgeship in Ohio mysteriously received tens of thousands more votes than John Kerry (even though many voters never bother to vote for down-ballot candidates). This was a statistical improbability of enormous magnitude (no disrespect meant to the judge). 4. Vote totals in safe Republican counties should be compared to the past two election cycles, to see whether any sky-high turnout is historically unprecedented and therefore cause for suspicion. That is what happened in several Republican-dominated counties in Florida in 2004. Election monitors should also watch the traffic at the polling places in Republican precincts, and maintain careful records, as a way to gauge the honesty of later claims about the turnout there. These steps are necessary to facilitate the discovery of any circumstantial or direct evidence of possible manipulation of electronic-voting returns, which would be sufficient to enable immediate legal action to prevent certification of election results. In turn, that would permit time for a full forensic investigation. Additionally, many citizens' groups are preparing calls to action should legal remedies to any attempted vote interference falter or be obstructed. There is ample cause for general alarm and for the measures we've recommended, in what has emerged from the ongoing court action in Ohio. If evidence of electronic-voting manipulation follows the election tomorrow, it must be pursued regardless of who wins. And if the campaigns involved do not challenge the results where this evidence emerges, or if local and state authorities do not cooperate to resolve these questions, it is certain that a tidal wave of protest will develop. Nonviolent resistance was used successfully by African-Americans to win their civil rights in the 1960s, and earlier by American women to win the right to vote. Millions would not hesitate to use it again, if there is evidence of a stolen presidential election. The first Democratic president, Thomas Jefferson, said that "eternal vigilance is the price of liberty." The failure of the Bush administration to permit systematic reform of this nation's elections infrastructure so as to make it impossible for these manipulations to occur is bad enough. Even worse would be to refuse to take seriously the possibility that these abuses could alter or adulterate the results of what may well be the most important presidential election of our lifetimes. For more information on electronic voter interference and the above-cited legal action see: www.bradblog.com/?p=6600 www.velvetrevolution.us/#071808a http://thejournal.epluribusmedia.net/index.php/state-news/ohio-news/200-ohio- www.alternet.org/democracy/100881/gop_consultant_subpoenaed_in_case_alleging_tampering_with_2004_election/ www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9118204 http://harpers.org/archive/2005/08/0080696 www.nytimes.com/2005/02/03/opinion/03thu2.html?_r=1&oref=slogin www.dkosopedia.com/wiki/Academic_Papers_on_2004_Election_Results Cynthia Boaz is assistant professor of political science at Sonoma State University. Ange-Marie Hancock is associate professor of political science at University of Southern California. David McCuan is associate professor of political science at Sonoma State University. Mark Crispin Miller is professor of media studies at New York University. 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