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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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elfgrove wrote:
Oct. 27th, 2008 08:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Not just the Republicans
My, my. But I have incited such anger. By stating I and simply been hoping for a non-partisan view of things. Anger to the dissenting opinion I suppose. Both the Republicans and the Democrats are way too far out in their "left and "right" wings for my tastes. I think most people can't identify with all of their stances in the every detail from either side. Most people, I think -- I don't have the statistics, are more moderate in their views than left or right wing.

I think calling it a minority may be a bit disingenuous. We'll see when the election comes for certain, but there are many votes that change party more based on just wanting to change the current status quo rather than complete agreement with all of the other sides policies.
And even if it is a minority, I don't understand what is wrong with wanting to see both sides presented?

There are both left and right wing media outlets. Listening to only one gives you a very skewed view of matters. CNN tends towards the liberal, Fox towards the conservative; both are silly in their extremism. And I'm not expecting their stances to change, I simply said that I had been hoping this community, set up for an outside discourse, would have pulled a wider range of opinions and slants than one side.
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