Friday, April 30, 2004

Vanishing Votes

Greg Palast in The Nation recalls the now familiar story of how Florida's voter rolls were purged before the 2000 election so that many eligible voters were disqualified for bogus reasons. In October 2002, The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) was passed, supposedly to help Americans vote. Instead, writes Palast:

"HAVA not only blesses such purges, it requires all fifty states to implement a similar search-and-destroy mission against vulnerable voters. Specifically, every state must, by the 2004 election, imitate Florida's system of computerizing voter files. The law then empowers fifty secretaries of state--fifty Katherine Harrises--to purge these lists of "suspect" voters."

Is there no end to the number of grounds on which to lose confidence in the validity and legitimacy of the US electoral system? We are doing something about it. Read the Vote of No Confidence resolution.

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