Reading this recent interview with Greg Palast, I have to come to terms once again with the grim but true fact that Republicans are rigging EVERY possible county’s election that they can in this country, using the political bulimia of binge and purge to make sure Dems’ votes don’t count. The Rethugs did it in Florida in 2000, they did it in Ohio in 2004 (even if Kerry wouldn’t have won the state, he should have been noticably closer than he wound up being), and now they are doing it in Colorado and New Mexico and god knows where else.
And that’s why it’s a sneaky trick of McCain’s camp to pretend that ACORN is some kind of voter fraud machine that could have any effect on the election at all. Sure, maybe a couple guys registered fake names like “Mary Poppins” or “Peter Pan,” but Peter Pan can’t go down and actually get a ballot. ACORN checks those but by law has to submit them anyway. It ain’t their fault, and it ain’t the same as lying to kids in Colorado about their voting status or purging minorities from voting roles like the Republicans do. We need to fight back by volunteering to be part of the process on election day, to make sure the people taking the ballots aren’t giving out false information to the people waiting in line to be a part of democracy. And when you do vote, make sure NOT to back down! Argue or do whatever you have to, but make sure you get a ballot and make sure you see them put it in the same slot as everyone else’s ballot!
UPDATE: Seems that Greg Palast’s research ain’t always what it should be. Or at least that’s one dude’s take. It still doesn’t change the fact that Rolling Stone, the New Yorker, and countless other publications have found similar stuff all over, but maybe don’t quote Palast’s piece on rural New Mexico as part of your anti-fascist tool kit.