Five things to do before Election Day (and starting now):

1. Call, write and email the press–newspapers, magazines, radio and TV stations, Web sites, etc. –and demand that they start covering election fraud, and efforts at election reform, locally and nationwide.
2. Call, write and email your elected representatives, demanding that they start to talk about the issue, and asking where they stand on it. (Concerning it, the Democrats have been all talk–and not very much of that. A few months ago, Hillary Clinton, in Columbus, gave a powerful speech about election fraud in Ohio. She got a huge response, then dropped the issue. Why? Does she not want to be elected president some day? If she intends to do it honestly, she ought to face this problem now.)
3. Work to build the turn-out on Election Day. The bigger the turn-out, the harder it will be to justify the GOP’s next “upset victory.” This time, we must cast the act of going out to vote as itself a crucial gesture on behalf of free and fair elections. This next national turn-out must be larger than it’s ever been in any mid-term cycle.
4. Volunteer to monitor the voting in your precinct, or wherever you decide you’re needed most.
You’ll need to be prepared, because “observing” per se just won’t cut it any more. Be an exit-polling volunteer, or track the precinct postings and record the data, or watch the vote-count, or see how long the lines are. Be sure to bring a video camera, so that you have the footage to support your claims.
5. At the same time, look past this next election, and get ready, psychologically, to stand up and say “NO” if there is reason to believe that the official outcome is suspicious. In 2000, 2002 and 2004, we let the Bush Republicans waltz off with three unlikely “victories” (and we let the Democrats, by and large, sit there as limp as noodle). The time for such passivity is over. If we regard ourselves as citizens of a democracy, we are now morally obliged to say “Enough!”–as they did in Ukraine, and as they’re doing now in Mexico.

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