January 04, 2005

Action Memo from Alliance For Democracy

How can protection of voters' rights granted in the 14th and 15th Constitutional Amendments enacted following the Civil War, in the Civil and Voting Rights Acts passed between 1866 and 1968, and the legislation of 1920 granting women the right to vote count for so little in this country in 2004?

Take Action Now: America's Democracy Depends on Honest Elections

1. Challenge the Ohio Electors

2. Call for investigation by the House Judiciary Committee

3. Join Rallies and Marches

4. Receive Email Updates on the 2004 Election investigations and Call for Election Reform before 2006

Background: On Thursday, January 6, the 109th Congress will meet in joint session in the House chamber at 1:00 pm to open and count the electoral vote certificates of each state. This is the final step in the presidential election process before the inauguration according to the Electoral Count Act of 1887.

Objections may be offered to both individual electoral votes and state returns as a whole. Objections must be in writing and signed by one Senator and one Representative. If an objection is received and determined to be valid, the electoral vote count session is recessed. The two houses then consider the objections separately for no more than two hours when each house votes separately to agree or disagree with the objection. Then the joint session reconvenes and the decisions of each house are announced. If both houses agree to the objection, then the electoral vote or votes in question are not counted.
Otherwise, the vote or votes stand as submitted and are counted.

Still in question, however, are election results in Ohio, New Mexico and Florida. In Ohio, where the official recounts was terminated on December 28, state and county election officials failed to examine votes in 97 percent of the state's precincts and, in many cases, hand-picked the 3% of precincts where votes were recounted. Extensive evidence of irregularities and alleged fraud continues to be compiled and analyzed ranging from voter intimidation and disenfranchisement, vote suppression, recount delays and obstruction, and vote machine tampering. Read more at http://www.freepress.org/departments/display/19/2004/1057.
View Ohio Election Fraud summary online or pdf http://www.bpac.info/

1. Challenge the Ohio Electors

Rep. John Conyers, ranking minority member of the House Judiciary Committee, has announced that he will challenge the Ohio electors on January 6 along with perhaps 14 of his colleagues in the House. He has sent a letter to each Senator. Read more:

In 2000, the Senate fell silent when not one Senator stood with those Representatives who challenged the Florida vote.

ASK YOUR SENATORS TO "Stand Up For Democracy" in 2004!

Rep. Conyers along with various groups are calling on these Senators, in particular, to stand up: Senators Feingold, Leahy, Harkin, Murray, Durbin, and Kerry.

Conyers is also seeking support from Senators Biden, Bingaman, Boxer, Byrd, Chaffee (R-RI), Clinton, Conrad, Corzine, Dodd, Dorgan, Inyoue, Jeffords, Kennedy, Lautenberg, Mikulski, Nelson (FL), Obama, Jack Reed, Rockefeller, Sarbanes, Schumer, Stabenow, and Wyden.

ACT NOW - CALL NOW - CALL TODAY and call through Wednesday, Jan 5th.
This is the most effective thing you can do do now.
The Democratic Caucus meets on Tuesday, January 4th at which time they purportedly will discuss vote ratification.

Call the Capitol switchboard toll free 800-839-5276.
For District and Washington Senate office numbers look in the Blue Pages of your telephone book under United States
Government offices.

Send an Email: Send emails to individual senators using the individual email form provided at their own website. DO THIS NOW.
For each Senator type http:// senator's last name.senate.gov For example: http://feingold.senate.gov - follow instructions for email contact.
For talking points http://www.unioncountyfordemocracy.org/files/jan6points.html

2. CALL FOR INVESTIGATION OF THE 2004 ELECTION by the Judiciary Commitee of the House of Representatives, specifically in Ohio, Florida, and New Mexico.
Email Rep. Jim Sensebrenner, Chair of the Judiciary Committee, at http://judiciary.house.gov/Contact.aspx Rep. Conyers, ranking minority member of the Judiciary Committee, wants a million emails sent the chair to compel the committee to do their job!

For these and more actions go to The VOTERGATE Resource Center http://miamedia.com/votergate/take.action.html

3. JOIN RALLIES AND MARCHES - there is a NEW Pro-Democracy Movement Building
For detailed information go to: http://www.caseohio.org/CalendarEvents.htm - click on "link to events nationwide" and find one near you.

Tuesday, January 4 - Thursday, January 6th "Selma" March from Baltimore
to Washington

Wednesday, January 5th. Freedom Ride from Columbus to Washington

Thursday, January 6th.

10 AM Rally at Lafayette Park across from the White House and march to Capitol Hill to join others at noon
12 NOON - 4:00 PM. Defend Democracy Rally and Vigil outside the Capitol while votes are opened and counted inside

4. To receive Email updates on the 2004 Election Investigations and Call for Election Reform before 2006 contact Nancy Matela, Alliance for Democracy,
Portland, OR chapter at nmatela@pacifier.com

Thank you to all those who donated to the Ohio Honest Election Campaign at our website and to AfD members.

Best wishes for the New Year.

Nancy Price

Co-Chair, Alliance for Democracy


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