Hello Dr. Miller,
I am reading your book “Fooled Again” after seeing you on C-SPAN, and it is absolutely terrifying. I think an honest vote is the most important issue that progressives should be working on.
Have you contacted a prominent progressive group like MoveOn.org to recruit volunteers to watch the 2006 elections? I realize that they need regular people to get involved too, but someone with your expertise and ability to document previous election abuses would be of great use in setting up some kind of system to closely monitor the elections this time around.
Such evidence (for example of plans to purge voter rolls or of voter intimidation), especially if publicized before the actual election, would help counter criticism that we are just crazy conspiracy theorists.
How can organizations such as MoveOn.org be used to that effect?
Of course, it’s crucial that we monitor the races closely on this next Election Day, but there is something even more important to be done, and which we therefore must start planning NOW.
This year there will be no official exit polls conducted. The media consortium that paid for them in previous elections isn’t going to do it any more, ostensibly because such polls have been “exposed” as unreliable; and so we will have no way to determine whether the official vote-counts can be trusted.
What we need, then, is a grass-roots exit-polling operation, preferably conducted nationwide, or at least in all those states where Senate seats are up for grabs, and in those districts where Republicans are looking vulnerable. If we don’t make this effort, we will have no empirical basis for judging the credibility of the
official numbers. If, on the other hand, we DO conduct such crucial polls ourselves (that is, if we, the people, do it), we will have grounds for refusing to acknowledge all the startling “upset victories” that Team Bush surely has in store for us (again).
This is what happened in Ukraine–a grass-roots exit-polling effort that enabled the Ukrainian people to stand firm against the government. We should do likewise; and it should be rigorously non-partisan, using student teams of pollsters, under the close
supervision of professional statisticians.
So far, NO national organization has taken on the growing danger of election fraud. While MoveOn claims to have been heavily involved in this all-important fight, that’s really ALL that they have done (i.e., make that claim); and no other national org–not Common Cause, not People for the American Way, not the League of Women Voters, nor any other national group–has stepped up to the plate.
There are terrific grass-roots groups at work from coast to coast, doing all they can to block the use of DRE machines and otherwise clean up the system: in New York, California, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Arizona, Washington, New Hampshire and elsewhere. In short, the troops are out there, and the spirit’s more than willing, and God knows the need could not be greater; but there isn’t any of the funding necessary to meld such disparate groups together into an effective national movement for reform.
So if you have any ideas as to how to get MoveOn, and/or any other national group, to do what must be done–a stepped-up campaign for election reform; thorough monitoring of races nationwide; grass-roots exit polls–please share them. All I could do was write the book, and all I can do now is talk it up as much as possible. To spark the sort of movement you describe, we all need to push really hard, and push together.