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3 people in one family, my family, experienced voting problems with machines and having their voter registration mysteriously show up about 300 miles away.

In the 2008 elections, i checked a straight Democratic ticket. When i was about to cast the ballot, it had changed to a straight Republican ticket. In 2012, my Nephew checked a straight Democratic ticket and when he was about to cast the ballot, his had changed to a straight Republican ticket. My  niece found when she was preparing to vote, they had no registration for her in the city she resided. She researched and found her registration was about 300 miles away and close to the Mexican border.

I know these are only 3 incidents, but what are the odds this happened to 3 people in the same family in a state as large as Texas? How odd is it that in the election of 2008, most of the races Republicans won across the state, they won by margins almost identical? We can GOTV, agitate, protest, but what good is that, when these fake cowboys in Texas steal elections?

When The Democrats won the majority in 2008, i tried to relay my concerns to have the new majority change voting laws, investigate voting machines, but all of it fell on death ears. I feel something is suspicious about that, especially considering the 2000 and 2004 stolen elections when no one, including Democrats, not even Gore and Kerry, wanted to do anything about elections where their most loyal voting population, African Americans were screwed royally. No senator stood up in 2000 and only one (Senator Boxer) in 2004 and we had to beg for that. I heard nothing more about it and nothing got done. What's really happening here?

The Chicago machine of the early days, didn't have anything on these fake cowboys in Texas

But i may be too late. After the 2010 election, they gerrymandered the state and made republicans very safe. Then they wanted to make them even safer, when they tried to institute new ID laws, but DOJ shot it down. Two days ago, the supreme court voted against the Voting Rights Act.  So now, they want have to cheat at the polls for a while.

The only good news about this, it may not be too late, because we now know there are a lot more of us than them. It's not even close as past election results showed. The numbers aren't legitimate. Texas cheating, Ohio cheating Florida cheated, etc etc. If all this cheating is going on, the numbers aren't legit!

Texas Repulicans are running the biggest (voting) scam in America's history. People need to flood Austin and then look around and see how many rightwingers are there. I bet they want be nearly as represented.

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  •  We need an army of lawyers WITH suits ready to go. (11+ / 0-)

    The slightest irregularity and BOOM goes the dynamite.  And they need to be ready NOW.  

    We need to infiltrate and get involved with election judging.  We need to become poll watchers and register with county and local election boards.  We need to BE on those boards.

    Lie if we have to.  Pretend we're teabaggers to get votes, if they're elected posts.

    They think they're being so clever with their little intimidation schemes?  We need to smack them back HARD.  And make it hurt.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Thu Jun 27, 2013 at 09:12:54 PM PDT

    •  I want a choice: paper ballots for all major (5+ / 0-)

      offices.  At least 4 copies.  I put one in the Republican bin, one in the Democratic bin, one in a lockbox to be tabulated by real people, not scanned in, and one to be locked up to be available to verify that the ballots are the same.

      The laws that say that each State has the right to handle their own voting method determines who  
       gets sent to Congress from Texas, or Wisconsin, or Michigan, or Florida or any other states, impacts all of us.  

      Time is a long river.

      by phonegery on Thu Jun 27, 2013 at 10:40:53 PM PDT

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  •  Is Texas still using touchscreen machines? (9+ / 0-)

    There's never been certain proof that touchscreens have been used to steal an election, but even if the mentioned problems were just the interface being incorrectly lined up, that's plenty to change a result even without malicious intent. Maybe step one to winning Texas is getting good voting machines. I'm a big fan of optical scanners. There's a paper ballot, and if combined with random hand counts for auditing and complete hand counts for recounts, they're reliable.

  •  Repubs have an immediate advantage.. (7+ / 0-)

    $$$$. And lack of scruples.

    Dems have to work their advantages, like having an actual majority, and being closer to being right on most issues, to overcome the corruption.

    This Rover crossed over.. Willie Nelson, written by Dorothy Fields

    by Karl Rover on Thu Jun 27, 2013 at 09:25:56 PM PDT

  •  Just before the last Texas governor's race, the (10+ / 0-)

    warehouse storing the voting machines burned down shortly before the election and replaced by new ones. The same kind, but new ones. Very suspicious, because if you ever lived in Texas, you'd know they have security guards guarding vacant fields, and parking lots, they have security guards everywhere. It's a security guard haven here. But the warehouse containing something as important as all those voting machines, i heard nothing about any security guards being there.

  •  50 state voting rights. Universal voting no (8+ / 0-)

    restrictions, no excuses.

    It would be nice if an election could not be certified with a cloud on the voting procedure.

    •  We should be registered when we are born. The fact (8+ / 0-)

      none of our politicians are thinking like that, makes me suspicious, because it would be so easy and settle so many problems and save a lot of money.

      •  many states have motor voter laws (4+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        elwior, Chi, OrganizedCrime, BlackSheep1

        for voter registration w/ drivers license renewals.

        i registered to vote (the first time) my senior year in high school - a group came to the school.  

        registration at birth might be a bit early.  ;-)  but certainly, motor voter, community drives, turning 18, etc. can work.

        Ted Kennedy: “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die…”

        by jlms qkw on Thu Jun 27, 2013 at 09:56:38 PM PDT

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        •  I have 2 sons. At 17 1/2 they got draft registry (2+ / 0-)

          notices in the mail. Not voting registration notices, please note.

          Draft registration notices, which could be filled out and mailed back.
          If such registration was not completed they were not eligible for federal grant moneys for college.

          I don't recall whether (the youngest is now 26) those cards also threatened them with not being able to vote if they didn't register, but other threats were stated on the cards.

          Oldest son being a JROTC honor student (Navy) and Bill Clinton being in the White House, his registration was taken care of; younger son came of age after 11-9-01. Older son went to junior college and then to work; younger son is a graduate student now at Hardin Simmons' affilitated seminary in Abilene.

          The solutions to so damn many problems are so simple.

          Pass the ERA.

          Require preclearance in EVERY state for voting procedure changes.
          Enforce the recognition that a marriage in California is valid in Texas or Alaska or New York or Florida or Illinois or Idaho -- EVERY state, not just some. That kills the issue of discrimination on its face.

          Go back to paper ballots filled out with indelible pencil (cheaper than machines and more honest as well). Ballots shall be marked in private, counted in public -- in front of an equal number of representatives from all candidates and positions on ballot measures, by hand. Ballots shall then be recounted, again by hand in public in front of witnesses from all interested campaigns. If these hand-count tallies match and no witnesses object, the election results shall be certified.

           If not a recount shall be automatic; and if the margin of the decision is less than or equal to 5% of the total registered voters eligible to participate, a runoff election shall be scheduled to occur within no fewer than 72 hours and no more than 10 working days, and that election period shall consist of no fewer than 7 days of 7 am to 7 pm open polling places.

          For every 500 citizens in a square mile, there shall be one polling place within that square mile. That polling place shall be open from 7 am to 7 pm for no fewer than 2 weeks prior to each election, and on election day. Persons who have vision or mobility problems or who need ballots in a different language SHALL be assisted in getting and returning their ballots.

          There SHALL BE NO election advertisements on any broadcast station more than 30 days prior to any election, and ALL election advertising SHALL BE provided to all candidates or points of view on a ballot measure in EQUAL TIME. Furthermore, no political AD shall be allowed to have a LOUDER VOLUME than regular programming running in that time period.

          Editorials not consisting of a single statement of endorsement (e.g. My name is ____ and I endorse _____ issue or candidate. ) SHALL BE published or broadcast in accord with other political advertising: EQUAL SPACE on pages / sites, EQUAL TIME in broadcasts. No exceptions for "cable" networks.

          LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

          by BlackSheep1 on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 09:10:08 AM PDT

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  •  In 2004 (2+ / 0-)

    I heard about this from a woman on another blog.  She and a friend of hers had the same problem, voting straight Democrat and then having their votes switched to Republicon.  

    Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

    by Rosalie907 on Thu Jun 27, 2013 at 10:14:35 PM PDT

  •  investigate True the Vote (4+ / 0-)

    and the King Street Patriots

    My heroes have the heart to live the life I want to live.

    by JLFinch on Thu Jun 27, 2013 at 11:20:08 PM PDT

  •  They tend to frown on voter fraud diaries here. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    OrganizedCrime

    Hope you don't get the hammer.

  •  2012 in Austin... (1+ / 0-)
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    OrganizedCrime

    I know of 3 people who voted straight dem and had their votes changed to straight rep. They all caught the error before votes were cast and we able to vote (not straight ticket) by going through each race and voting for their chosen candidates. However, there is no way of knowing if the correct votes were cast. All 3 reported the problem through the hotline number. Has anyone heard of any reports that shenanigans pulled in the 2012 elections were ever investigated?

  •  Democracy is so hosed... (1+ / 0-)
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    OrganizedCrime

    And the democrats did nothing about it in 2009 when they had a brief moment to do it. Electronic voting should be completely overhauled to run on open source software instead of these crony-operated private machines that flip elections at the flip of a switch. And our nation goes down the tubes because of it since it no longer responds to the needs of the majority - just the greed of the powerful minority.

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