Listen, the Rodney King beating ushered in a new era of activism. Since that terrible incident, citizens across the country have utilized their video cameras to document civil wrong-doings in the hopes that hard evidence will compel lady justice to do her job, when she would ordinarily choose to turn a blind eye to the abuses of those in power. Today, that effort is made immensely easier with the advancements in cell phone technology. If you see a situation occurring, you no longer have to run in your house, pull your camcorder from under the bed, charge a battery, screw on lens…etc. Now you can simply whip out a cell phone and capture evidence in real-time. So with that in mind, why do we have to be victims on election day?
It’s simple. I’m calling on all citizens with cell phones to document their occurrences at the polls. Whether you’re in a state where early voting is permitted or you’re venturing to the polls on Nov. 4th, you have to whip out your Treo, I-phone or Sidekick and record. I read a story today that talks about how voting machines in West Virgina are already flipping votes from the democratic candidates to republican candidates during early voting. When the voter goes to complain about it, they are told that they are the ones that made the mistake. Ironically, no one voting for McCain has reported this problem.
This is a problem that’s almost impossible to fix before Nov. 4th, but if enough of us are bringing it to light with evidence, then we might be able to stop them from doing what they did in 2000 and especially what they did in 2004 with the Diebold voting machines (click here for the story).
Therefore, were calling on all of us to be reporters. When you go to the polls take out your cell phones and record the following:
- IF YOU’RE USING A TOUCH SCREEN MACHINE, RECORD YOUR FINGERS PRESSING THE BUTTON FOR YOUR CANDIDATE AND RECORD WHAT THE MACHINE REGISTERS… In other words, if you press the button for Obama and the machine registers McCain, make sure you have that on record…Also note which specific machine it was (if there’s a number then record that). All the machines in a precinct don’t have to be questionable, in order for a an election to be rigged.
- Then make sure you complain to the people working the polls and record any conversations that you have with them.
- If someone at the polling place is denying you or someone else the right to vote because they have on an Obama (or McCain) T- shirt.
- If you go to the voting place and your name is not on the voter rolls. Make sure you ask the right questions and get clear answers about why your name is not on the rolls and what is the proper action to correct the mistake.
- If the lines are ridiculously or unreasonably long.
- If there are an unreasonably limited number of voting machines.
- If the machines breakdown.
After you’ve done that, we urge you to upload your video to Video Your Vote, a partner shipe between Youtube and PBS. Include an introduction with your name, voting district and voting precinct and email us too. Our goal is to chronicle and compile these occurrences and provide you with the proper recourse to ensure that you don’t become a passive victim or voter suppression.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Most states do allow you to video at your polling place, but some do not. No one can stop you from videoing what you do behind the curtain (so record what happens with the machine) but please be sure to ask about the rules in your voting district. Also, be respectful of others when you’re recording. If someone request not to be on camera then do not film them (unless your rights are being violated).
Written by: LAW