Steal Back Your Vote


Monday, November 6, 2006

by Greg Palast

A lot of advice we're getting from our progressive friends is to take photos of your ballot and silly stuff like that. Well, that's all about how to complain after they steal it. I have a better idea: Win, don't whine.

#1: Gang Vote

Arrive with five! Never go bowling, make love or vote alone. And volunteer at get-out-the-vote operations. It's worth it just for the stale donuts, cold coffee and hot democracy.

#2: Tell Them to Take Their Provisional Ballot and ...

If they try to hand you a "provisional ballot," scream bloody murder. If there's a problem with your ID or registration, demand adjudication from a poll monitor, come back with proper ID, or demand appeal to the county supervisor of elections.But don't just walk away. If it's provisional or nothing, take it -- then return for the count to defend it.

#3: Get to Work

Volunteer to bring out the vote. Or watch a poll -- to challenge the challengers. Get credentials; don't freelance -- you'll likely get thrown out. Either get credentials from the parties or get information on how you can slay vote-eating dragons in your area from the National Campaign for Fair Elections the umbrella group including NAACP, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law and People for the American Way (NationalCampaignForFairElections.org).

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Greg Palast is the author of the New York Times bestseller, "ARMED MADHOUSE." Go to www.gregpalast.com

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