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Peter Tatchell writes on The Independent's blogs today:

Will next week's US presidential vote be free and fair? Based on the conduct of the last election, possibly not. The 2004 election was marred by vote-fixing that would disgrace a banana republic. Four years later, few new safeguards have been implemented to prevent a re-run of the voter exclusion and ballot tampering of 2004.

This is the conclusion of Robert F Kennedy Jr, civil rights lawyer and nephew of JFK. In one of the most important pieces of investigative journalism in recent years, published in Rolling Stone magazine in 2006, he revealed how voting irregularities in 2004 were enough to steal the presidency for the Republicans. You can read his meticulous 14,000-word expose here. It is essential reading for everyone who cares about the fate of US democracy. Read more.

Question: Do you worry for the integrity of the election?

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polarisdib wrote:
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
From The Jungle to the 2000 election, to minor asides in pop culture like Black Sheep, it's clear that that there will always be people trying to fuck with elections. The best thing to do is to make sure you elect an honorable county clerk, always update your voter registration to the most recent information as soon as possible, and yeah, that nice ol' vote often clause.

Oh, and if someone was elected who obviously no one voted for, and I mean no one and everyone knows that no one voted for him or her, there's the first and second amendments at your disposal to take him or her down. I'm serious.

--PolarisDiB
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