Cramdown, Stripdown, Lockdown Democracy In The USA
Thursday, 20 April 2006, 10:44 am
Article: Michael Collins


  • Q&A Session with a Commissioner of the Elections
  • Assistance Commission Reveals Massive Violations of Citizen Rights
  • Secret Vote Counting Crammed Down the Throat of Democracy

Special Report for “Scoop” Independent Media
First in a Series on HAVA and the EAC
by Michael Collins
Washington, DC

The Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) was passed on the heels of the Florida 2000 presidential election and its “hanging chad” problem. These ambiguous ballot chads riveted and frustrated the nation for a couple of months in late 2000. However, few thought the solution to the ambiguity of hanging chad evidence of a voter’s intent would be to completely eliminate that evidence.

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  • It’s about time somebody confronted the EAC. They’re idea of “assistance” is going after any state and local governments that question their master plan. Their version of “helping” is giving the entire country junk elections, “invisible ballots” as the article calls them. There will be an accounting some day and this sorry chapter of our checkered election history will stand out with Boss Tweed and “Blood Kansas” as “the worst of times.” Thank you for posting this.

  • On the voting integrity issue, we sometimes get bogged down in detail — exit poll data, recounts, how many states have paper ballot requirements. With its focal question — How does the federal government take away my right to observe the counting? — this piece steps back from the trees to take a look at the forest.

    The result is an idea for a new strategy: Sue the government for violating our rights, rights crucial to democracy.

    Yeah, the trees are real and we gotta deal with them. But sometimes a look at the forest can help you regain your focus.

  • It seems that the “tectonic shift” the author identifies in the attitude of government toward protecting its citizens’ rights is, while previously observed, even more compelling in the context of what’s identified in the essay. Very interesting.

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