You Have The Right To Be Heard.
You Have The Right To NOT BE SILENT.
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO HAVE YOUR VOTE COUNT!
UNFAIR - UNVERIFIABLE - ILLEGITIMATE
Press Release from 11/18/04:
On Saturday at noon on the Capitol steps, a rally will
protest the unfairness and illegitimacy of the 2004 election, and call for remedies, now and for future elections. It is called
by 150 people from diverse organizations who have met six times in the past week at the Mercury Cafe.
First, 50 million
people - over 40 per cent of the actual electorate - voted on machines that leave no paper trail. Republicans and Democrats
wanted a trail at the time of the Help America Vote Act. But a resolution to require it was never allowed to come to the floor
of the House by Dennis Hastert and Tom Delay. Nevada had a primary which combined electronic machines with a paper trail.
It is neither difficult nor expensive. Yet no move was made to make voting verifiable or transparent to ordinary citizens.
exit polls are never wrong. They have been used in Georgia to overturn the Shevardnadze government and in Mexico for Vicente
Fox against the PRI. The exit polls were accurate within a point in Utah, New York, Texas, and many other states. Swing states,
however, show a large and unexplained differential, from 4 to 6 points, in one direction only: from Kerry in the exit polls
to Bush in the final results. Randomness would require a scatter of votes, some for Kerry, some for Bush. Further, For Pennsylvania
(where Kerry won but by 4 points less than the exit polls predicted), Ohio and Florida, the odds against this happening are
1 in 250 million. See the paper of Steven Freeman (www.truthout.org/docs_04/111404A.shtml). There may be a plausible explanation
aside from the obvious one - that the machines and other measures somehow skewed the votes illegitimately for George Bush
- but it needs to be argued and documented to put doubts about our democracy to rest. Contrary to the wave of publicity about
anomalies in Florida - that the vote was supposedly fair - these two considerations show that a) the election was dramatically
unfair and un-transparent compared to any other American election and all contemporary foreign democratic elections, except
Afghanistan and Iraq and b) that no reasonable person can have confidence in the result.
Third, a large registration
of black and Chicano voters occurred in this election. Yet challenges produced long lines and a disproportionate number of
provisional ballots. In addition, "spoiled" ballots come disproportionately from minority communities. These special measures
to disenfranchise minority votes (referred to as "Jim Crow" techniques in the New York Times editorials on Making Votes Count)
are violations of the Civil Rights Act.
We will have a diversity of speakers, including some who are working on Colorado
Professor Alan Gilbert, Graduate School of International Studies, 303-697-7105, 303-881-1656 (cell),
Ken Seaman 303-986-1773, or contact The Denver Voice by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.