We pledge: No More Stolen Elections!

WE REMEMBER Florida 2000, Ohio 2004, and Wisconsin 2011, and are willing to act this year if the right to free and fair elections is denied again.

WE SUPPORT efforts to protect the right to vote leading up to Election Day.

IF NECESSARY, WE PLEDGE to join nationwide pro-democracy protests starting on the next day, either in my community, in key states where fraud occurred, or in Washington, D.C., and if necessary, to demand a recount, investigation, and criminal prosecutions of those responsible.

CLICK HERE TO JOIN US: Sign the Pledge of Action

Initial signatories* . . . 

  • Noam Chomsky, professor, MIT
  • Thom Hartmann, author and journalist
  • Medea Benjamin, co-founder, CODE PINK
  • Jill Stein & Cheri Honkala, presidential ticket, Green Party
  • Rocky Anderson, presidential nominee, Justice Party
  • Tim Carpenter, Progressive Democrats of America
  • David Cobb, initiator, 2004 Ohio Recount
  • Ben Manski, founder, Liberty Tree Foundation
  • Margaret Flowers & Kevin Zeese, It's Our Economy
  • Laura Bonham, Justice Party USA
  • Tom Hayden, co-founder, Students for a Democratic Society
  • Nancy Price, co-chair, Alliance for Democracy
  • Jerome Scott, co-founder, U.S. Social Forum
  • Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, co-founder, Move to Amend
  • Bill Fletcher, co-founder, Rainbow Coalition
  • John Matthews, Exec. Director, Madison Teachers, Inc. (MTI)
  • Daniel Wayne Lee, Los Angeles based anti-corporate activist
  • Mimi Kennedy, actress
  • Lee Camp, comedian
  • Daniel Ellsberg, The Pentagon Papers
  • Karen Dolan, Cities for Progress
  • Sarah Manski & Adam Porton, co-founders, Wisconsin Wave
  • David Swanson, author, War is a Crime
  • John Cavanagh, Institute for Policy Studies
  • Jim & Rebecca Goodman, Family Farm Defenders
  • George Martin, former co-chair, United for Peace and Justice
  • Frances Fox Piven, professor, CUNY

* all affiliations for ID purposes only

SALON: Provisional ballots still being counted in Arizona and reports of suppressed Latino votes could affect outcome of close races

November 17, 2012
Alex Seitz-Wald
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The election may have ended almost two weeks ago, but in Arizona, it goes on. Perhaps it’s fitting for a state with its own time zone, but as of last night, there remained over 100,000 uncounted votes in the state’s two largest counties, leaving election officials unable to officially certify the results of a number of the state’s high profile races, including the Senate race, several House contests, and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s reelection bid. Friday was the deadline for counties to finish counting ballots, but the state blew past it yesterday when Maricopa, which contains Phoenix, and Pima County, which contains Tucson, said they needed more time.

NYT: Americans in non-swing states less likely to vote and millions of ballots are still being counted

November 12, 2012
Nate Silver
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Initial accounts of last Tuesday’s presidential election contemplated what seemed to be a significant decline in turnout from 2008. Those reports may have been premature, at least in part. Some states, particularly those where much balloting is conducted by mail, have yet to finish counting their returns. It is likely that there are several million votes left to be counted in California, for example. Nonetheless, it seems probable that we will see something of a split in the number of people who turned out to vote in 2012.

In many of the states where the campaigns focused most of their attention, more people voted than in 2008. Turnout is likely to have declined in many non-battleground states, however.

CAP TIMES: Supreme Court case could eliminate the Voting Rights Act

November 10, 2012
Associated Press
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The Supreme Court will consider eliminating the government's most potent weapon against racial discrimination at polling places since the 1960s. The court acted three days after a diverse coalition of voters propelled President Barack Obama to a second term in the White House.

With a look at affirmative action in higher education already on the agenda, the court is putting a spotlight on race by re-examining the ongoing necessity of laws and programs aimed at giving racial minorities access to major areas of American life from which they once were systematically excluded.

AP: South Carolina GOP wants to stop recount, but Election Day problems show importance of completing recount

November 9, 2012
Associated Press

South Carolina Republicans on Friday asked the state's highest court to stop a recount of votes in Richland County, arguing that a GOP candidate fairly won a disputed legislative race.

The state party made the request to the Supreme Court a day after a circuit judge ordered that ballots and voting machines in Richland County be guarded by state police while state election officials reviewed them. County election officials had planned to certify election results Friday, but that process is on hold.

State election officials said they planned to begin their count Friday afternoon.