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Excerpt: "Are you ready to be a poll worker? To stop Trump's dictatorial rise, a real opposition party would be mobilizing Americans to vote AND to protect the right to cast verifiable ballots while making sure they're actually counted."

Voters line up to vote in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2016. (photo: Cory Morse/AP)
Voters line up to vote in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2016. (photo: Cory Morse/AP)


Will the Trump GOP Strip and Flip America's 2018 Election While the Democrats Fail to Protect the Vote?

By Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman, Reader Supported News

10 October 18

 

re you ready to be a poll worker?

To stop Trump’s dictatorial rise, a real opposition party would be mobilizing Americans to vote AND to protect the right to cast verifiable ballots while making sure they’re actually counted.

That means becoming poll workers, registration protectors, vote count monitors and much more.

A real opposition party would now be organizing massive nationwide grassroots trainings for a reliable election. Are the Dems doing that?

Trump’s Republicans enter 2018 with a 5-10% structural advantage. They’ve stripped voter registration rolls and flipped electronic vote counts since at least 2000.

This year just voting will again not be enough.

Progressives MUST become poll workers, bring voters to the polls, monitor vote counts after the balloting, and refuse to concede close elections.

Strip/flip tactics gave Republicans the presidency in 2000, 2004 and 2016. In 2014 and 2016, they took six US Senate seats when their candidate trailed in the exit polls and/or “won” by less than five points.

Those six seats gave Trump control of US Supreme Court, his mega-tax cut for the super-rich, and much more.

To win one or both houses of Congress this year, far more than just voting will be required. Some reasons:

  • The GOP is everywhere waging war on the right to vote, targeting (as always) primarily people of color, ethnicity, youth, and low income.

  • Suspected Democrats now face impossible demands involving photo ID, proof of citizenship, movable/disappearing precincts, massive voter roll purges, elimination of early and weekend voting, elimination of same-day registration, outright intimidation, and more.

  • Key swing states have been targeted, but procedures vary from state to state, as reported in Arizona by Steve Rosenfeld at Alternet.

  • The core assault on voting rights comes primarily from US-based corporate Republicans, but Russian operatives did access registration rolls in Illinois in 2016, and rolls nationwide are as vulnerable as ever.

  • White Supremacist Trump crony Kris Kobach (now running for Governor of Kansas) has deployed Crosscheck to strip voter rolls, as Choicepoint was used by then-governor Jeb Bush to steal Florida 2000. As reported by Greg Palast, Crosscheck will strip voter rolls in many states in 2018.

  • Palast now reports as much as ten percent of the Georgia electorate is being stripped from the voter rolls, more than enough to flip the governor’s race to an extreme right-wing Trumpist.

  • The US Supreme Court has let Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted strip more than a million voters (of about 5.4 million) in mostly Democratic urban areas.

  • Photo ID requirements and other Jim Crow methods to deny voting rights are still in use throughout the US.

  • Indigenous citizens who have post boxes rather than street addresses are being stripped from voter rolls, a move (unless it’s stopped) likely to give North Dakota’s US Senate seat to Trump.

  • Based on corrupted registration rolls, millions will be given provisional ballots that will go straight into the trash.

  • Electronic voting machines all over the US have source codes hidden from independent watchdogs.

  • Many of them are 15 or more years old and are obsolete, unreliable and easily hacked.

  • Hacking can be done by state and local officials, Russian operatives, and anyone else with wifi capabilities and/or insider access.

  • Algorithms still in use “beheaded” 70,000 ballots in Detroit, Flint and other Democratic areas in 2016, producing “no votes for president” that gave Michigan to Trump.

  • Activists led by the Green Party’s Jill Stein won a 2016 court decision forcing a recount in Michigan, but Democrats led by Hillary Clinton refused to join, guaranteeing Trump’s victory there.

  • Digital ballot images can enhance vote count security, but are being resisted by Trumpists in Alabama, Georgia and elsewhere.

  • Gerrymandering gives the GOP control of the US House and many state legislatures.

  • Evenly divided between GOP/Dem voters, Ohio has 12 GOP US Reps versus 4 Dems, plus GOP super-majorities in the state legislature; similar scams rule North Carolina and elsewhere.

  • In 2020, US electoral maps will be redrawn, as heavily impacted by this year’s outcome.

The message is clear: to stop a Trump dictatorship, voting is not enough.

Voter rolls must be protected, poll access promoted, precincts preserved, vote counts verified.

Progressives must become poll workers. The right to vote must be actively protected. Candidates must not concede close elections until they’re thoroughly investigated.

The Democrats have utterly failed to effectively oppose Trump’s blitzkrieg toward absolute power.

To stop him, somebody must hold massive, nationwide, grassroots trainings needed to promote and protect the vote. This is the key moment.

A tsunami of cash from the Koch Brothers and others is about to inundate this election.

Without an effective opposition party, fascism will happen here.

If it’s to be stopped at the ballot box, just voting will not be enough.

Will the Democratic Party finally do what’s needed to keep yet another election from being stripped and flipped?

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Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman’s Strip & Flip Disaster of America’s Stolen Elections is at www.freepress.org, along with Bob’s Fitrakis Files. Harvey’s Life & Death Spiral of US History: From Deganawidah to the Trumpocalypse to Rebirth will soon be at www.solartopia.org, where Solartopia! Our Green-Powered Earth now resides.

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+32 # solartopia.org 2018-10-10 14:05
thank you RSN for publishing this. PROTECT THE VOTE!!
 
 
+11 # Benign Observer 2018-10-10 14:35
"Will the Trump GOP Strip and Flip America's 2018 Election While the Democrats Fail to Protect the Vote?"

Short answer: Yes.

Let's keep asking them why.

They want our money. They want us knocking on doors. They want us to vote. But they don't lift a finger to protect our democracy or represent our interests. They don't do a thing to inspire lapsed Democrats and non-voters, didn't do anything to encourage Independents. They want everything. They give nothing.
 
 
+5 # chemtex2611 2018-10-10 21:36
WTF? This is gibberish. I have been an election worker for 50 years, making sure that each and every eligible voter gets a ballot. Where have you been?
 
 
+5 # Caliban 2018-10-11 17:23
Thanks, #chemtex2611 -- You are a fine example for us all.
 
 
+11 # BetaTheta 2018-10-10 22:47
The usual message: "Let's just roll over and die, because both parties are irretrievable." Designed to foment cynicism and apathy. A more constructive use of our time: Fight for the truly good candidates and re-take the Dem party, if it takes a decade or more.
 
 
+4 # mashiguo 2018-10-10 17:23
Democrats are paid by their donors to run interference for the Republicans.

Expect nothing from them and you won't be disappointed.

Nancy Pelosi said everything was working according to plan after the electoral catastrophe of 2016. Why not take her at her word?
 
 
+8 # Caliban 2018-10-11 12:08
"Democrats are paid by their donors to run interference for the Republicans."

So, just stay home or vote Green and let the Trumper keep on winning?

Pro GOP Rubbish & to hell with it.
 
 
+7 # ellen.weston@gmail.com 2018-10-10 18:52
Not looking good for Democracy!?..
 
 
+8 # chemtex2611 2018-10-10 21:34
I have been an Election Judge for 25 years now. I have been an election worker since 1968 -- 50 years this May. I have the ability to vote any eligible voter. GOP judges try to disqualify any voter possible. An experienced, knowlegible, mature Election Judge is a great asset to a democracy.
 
 
-8 # Depressionborn 2018-10-11 09:49
why Trump:
clauses’ that forbid pharmacies from telling customers about how they can pay less for drugs,” Kimberly Leonard reports in the Washington Examiner. “The Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act and the Know the Lowest Price Act are intended to help patients find out whether a prescription would cost less if they were to pay for it out of pocket rather than through their health plans.”

Americans deserve to know the lowest prices available at their pharmacies—“and now that is what they are getting,” President Trump said.
 
 
+14 # logical1 2018-10-11 10:26
Wow, this is how to control a government without the people's support.
We are about to lose democracy if this election does not flip the Congress, Senate or both.
The Dem's are not like the Repub's! Maybe close in some of the things you and I do not like.
The huge difference is the Repub's will sacrifice the constitution, voting rights, ballot protection, and systematically do anything to win....Citizens united allows dark money to take over the election process and own candidates and (un)representatives.
We are in true danger of losing our system of government, lose the motion towards equality for all, fairness, honesty, truth in advertising.
We are being attacked in control of our food train, chemicals in water and air, being scammed by business and internet, losing our freedom to know what is in our foods, and polution of our political system.
The effects are not just until there is a change. This Repub regime is about to create an oligarchy that will change the planets habitability as well as the ability to hold free elections unless we act NOW.
 
 
+5 # Jayceecool 2018-10-11 10:29
I'm afraid that this society is rapidly approaching meltdown...
 
 
+1 # lorenbliss 2018-10-11 17:40
Will the Republicans strip and flip the election?

Of course. Massive voter suppression -- eventually shrinking the franchise back to property-owning (i.e., divinely favored) white males is a key part of the ChristoNazi agenda.

Will the Democratic (sic) Party pretend to fight back while secretly enabling the Republicans' ongoing coup?

Of course. Democratic (sic) Big Lies -- never forget (or forgive) "change we can believe in" -- are a pivotal part of the One Percenters' plan for turning "their" U.S. into a slave state and us – We the People – into their slaves.
 
 
+3 # MikeAF48 2018-10-11 20:49
Voter drive.
 
 
+1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-10-12 11:27
To answer the question posed in the headline --- Yes, of course.


It is just astonishing that republicans have been able to get away with vote rigging for so long. Demos do it too, but on a smaller scale. They've only got California and New York, real cesspools of mega-campaign contributions but not enough electoral college votes to win a presidency.
 

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