Friday, October 17, 2008

Culture Shock and Stolen Elections

On the tiny island of Carrie Bow Caye, Belize, I had no problem sleeping on a sandy salty bunk with no air conditioning. Not even in the blustery rain from Tropical Depression 16, which dampened our final days there.

But when I got back to my own apartment last night I couldn't rest. I think I overdosed on tv news. It was particularly stressful to learn that Obama was losing his lead because of overblown gossip about ACORN, while no one was paying attention to the very real election-stealing of McCain and the repugnicans - i.e. their efforts to suppress democratic voters in swing states like Ohio and Florida, where the last two elections were stolen.


Here's some links that describe what's really going on. They were collected by, a progressive activist group I belong to, but they come from a variety of non-partisan sources.

1. "States' Actions to Block Voters Appear Illegal," New York Times, October 8, 2008

"Check-off box delays thousands of voter registrations," Denver Post, October 14, 2008

2. "ACORN defends efforts amid voter-fraud allegations," Associated Press, October 14, 2008

3. "In 5-Year Effort, Scant Evidence of Voter Fraud," New York Times, April 12, 2007

"The Truth About Fraud," Brennan Center for Justice

4. "The Truth About ACORN's Voter Registration Drives," ACORN

"Group Answers Charges of Voter Registration Fraud," New York Times, October 14, 2008

5. "Voter Group Admits Mistakes, Defends Work," ABC News, October 14, 2008

"Is there ACORN fraud in Florida?" Orlando Sentinel, October 15, 2008

6. "'Fraud' vs. 'Suppression'," Politico, October 14, 2008

7. "After A Surge in Registration, A Surge in Suppression," Brennan Center for Justice, October 7, 2008

"Democrats fear GOP will turn away foreclosed voters; GOP won't rule out using residency change to challenge a ballot," Indianapolis Star, October 3, 2008

"Vote-scam fliers target black neighborhoods," Philadelphia Daily News, October 2, 2008

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