Now is certainly not the time to give up, or even back down the slightest bit in the election reform movement. This seemingly landslide victory by the Democrats would have been even larger had it not been for dirty tricks and suppression on the part of Republicans.
Greg Palast’s “HOW THEY STOLE THE MID-TERM ELECTION”  states, “Two million legitimate voters will be turned away because of wrongly rejected or purged registrations. Add another one million voters challenged and turned away for ‘improper ID.’ Then add yet another million for Democratic votes ‘spoiled’ by busted black boxes and by bad ballots. And letâ€™s not forget to include the one million ‘provisional’ ballots which will never get counted. Based on the experience of 2004, we know that, overwhelmingly, minority voters are the ones shunted to these baloney ballots. And thereâ€™s one more group of votes that wonâ€™t be counted: absentee ballots challenged and discarded. Elections Assistance Agency data tell us a half million of these absentee votes will go down the drain. Driving this massive suppression of the vote are sophisticated challenge operations. And here I must note that the Democrats have no national challenge campaign. Thatâ€™s morally laudable; electorally suicidal. Add it all up â€” all those Democratic-leaning votes rejected, barred and spoiled â€” and the Republican Party begins Election Day with a 4.5 million-vote thumb on the vote-tally scale.”
Brad Friedman of the BRAD BLOG  reported on several “irregularities” throughout the day, such as:
- MELTDOWN ’06: USA Today Reports ‘Voting machine problems bedevil multiple states’ 
- MELTDOWN ’06: Missouri Election Integrity Org Says More Reports of Touch-Screen Vote Flippingâ€¦ 
- MELTDOWN ’06: Myriad Problems Reported to Local News Outlet in Chicagoâ€¦ 
- MELTDOWN ’06: Diebold Voting Machines Failing to Start Up in Utah, Voters Being Turned Awayâ€¦ 
- MELTDOWN ’06: AP – ‘Polling places turn to paper ballots after glitches’ 
- MELTDOWN ’06: ‘Voting Nightmare’ Reported by Denver Post 
- MELTDOWN ’06: Orange County CA Candidate Says Machines Down, No Paper Ballots Availableâ€¦ 
Also, many thousands of complaints were logged on the Election Incident Reporting System (1-866-OUR-VOTE) . 5140 complaints to be exact, and growing.
There was also the last minute Republican dirty trick of the Rovian Robo-Call. According to TPMMuckracker.com , these calls (of which there appear to have been many thousand), have occured in at least 20 separate congressional districts, and were paid for by the RNCC. From TPMMuckracker: “In a letter dated Nov. 6, Michigan Reps. John Conyers and John Dingell ask attorney general Alberto Gonzales, FCC chairman Kevin Martin and FEC chairman Michael Toner to probe whether a sudden rash of last-minute phone calls paid for by the National Republican Congressional Committee violated any of a number of federal and state laws and requirements. Conyers is the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, while Dingell is the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.”
Then you have Laura Ingram suggesting right wingers jam the Democratic voter information line .
At this point you might be asking, “how did the Dems win?”.
Here’s how – the media started (albeit barely) to do their job!
HBO’s Documentary “Hacking Democracy”  was aired prior to the election. Also, Lou Dobbs had been extensively covering e-voting insecurity  for at least a couple months prior. The blogosphere (Democratic Underground  and BradBlog  in particular) has been more active than ever with this issue as well. Basically, if they had tried to swing this election too far, it would have been painfully obvious.
Also, the Dems just weren’t going to put up with it this time. There are at least a couple of congressional races that the Democratic candidate has NOT conceded, Clint Curtis’ campaign against Tom Feeney being one, with Curtis vowing to make sure every vote is counted. Francine Busby is another who is not conceding until all votes are counted. Why should she trust the official result, what with the machine “sleepovers”  in her district. Also, election activist Bob Fitrakis is not conceding his Green Party gubernatorial bid in Ohio, he knows better than to just give up in that state.
Lastly, the turnout was considerably larger than expected, and the election protection presence on the ground was much more evident, both factors making fraud more difficult.
In conclusion, there were many problems that still occurred, and many that were prevented, but we CAN NOT rest on this victory. Now is the time, with a Democratic majority, to make major gains in the area of election reform. With Dennis Kucinich’s HR 6200  for hand counted paper ballots, with results posted at the precinct level, and with friend of democracy Congressman John Conyers Jr.  the head of the House Judiciary Committee, we can definitely get some work done to repair our democracy.
by Organik for ElectionFraudBlog.com