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Pennsylvania Voters and E-Votes

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has allowed the case of the voting rights to progress.  This is a big win for the voters of Pennsylvania.  Without a verifiable paper trail, voters are at risk of not having their vote count as they voted.

PENNSYLVANIA STATE SUPREME COURT ALLOWS VOTING RIGHTS CASE TO PROCEED

Dec 18 2008 | State’s Highest Court Denies Pennsylvania Secretary of State Permission to Appeal Lower Court Ruling in Voters’ Favor Case Challenging the Use of Electronic Voting Machines Now Moves Toward Trial PHILADELPHIA, PA – Pennsylvania voters challenging the continued use of unverifiable electronic voting machines in their state won another major round on Tuesday when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a ruling allowing their case to proceed toward trial. The state’s highest court, in a one-sentence order, denied the Pennsylvania Secretary of State’s petition seeking permission to appeal a lower court ruling decided in the voters’ favor. In April 2007, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania had ruled that voters have a right under the Pennsylvania Constitution to reliable and secure voting systems and can challenge the use of electronic voting machines “that provide no way for Electors to know whether their votes will be recognized” through voter verification or independent audit. Following that ruling, Pennsylvania Secretary of State Pedro Cortés filed his petition before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and further proceedings in the case, Banfield v. Cortés, had been suspended pending the outcome of the petition. The order issued on Tuesday gives a green light for the voters to pursue their claims.

Stay informed and read the details about protecting voter rights at VoterAction.

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Important Information

If you don’t know the location of your polling place, then go to Barack Obama’s website by clicking on this link

If we are looking towards the future for this nation, then the choice is clear.  Only Obama/Biden have policies and plans to move our nation forward.

If we want to revisit the past and keep things just like they are, a failing economy and more wars, then vote McCain/Palin.  The McCain/Palin policies and plans will move our nation backwards.  John McCain is a backwards thinking person, trying to relive his life and Sarah Palin is a “Diva” who is only thinking about HER OWN FUTURE and not our nation’s future.  Oh, and by the way, Sarah Palin is a “Pinko”.  Read what she had to say a few weeks before her nomination to the VP spot.  Socialism is good for Alaska but not the rest of the nation.

Sarah Palin is Pretty in Pink
Sarah Palin is Pretty in Pink

I don’t know about anyone else, but I could use a little help with my health insurance premium and my business would benefit if more people had decent paying jobs and it’s about time that I get a tax break, just like Bush gave to the richest people in our nation and McCain plans to make permanent.  John McCain and Sarah Palin want to relive the Reagan years where my TAXES INCREASED and big corporations received my tax break.  Reminder… the Reagan years were the Union busting years and as a result, many workers have lost benefits.

McCain/Palin – benefit BIG CORPORATIONS and LOBBYISTS

Obama/Biden – benefit MIDDLE AMERICA

Let’s start moving our nation forward.  Vote Obama/Biden ’08.

And just for the fun of it… visit Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub for some laughs.

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Reverse Bradley Effect ??? Is The Southeast Actually In Play For Obama???

Get your popcorn ready on election night… Again I will insist that an Obama win is now almost certain… Up to 95% according to the models I use.  The question is becoming how big will this win be ???  I mentioned in my last Full Electoral College Breakdown how a landslide win (375+ EC votes) was possible, what if I told you that states that many have written off got Obama to that mark ???  After the primaries I had indicated due to high African American turnout that I though states in the southeast were in play for Obama, particularly MS and GA with the Bob Barr effect perhaps much more the reason in GA.  I had gotten away from that idea after the “Palin bounce” but recent polling and a new study about the Bradley effect is making me re-think that these are indeed Safe McCain states.  I’ll get to that study in a second but first lets start with some numbers… We’ll begin in Mississippi…

Polls of this state have been sparse due to the fact its a safe Republican state…. In fact since 9/1 there have only been 3 polls done here, one by ARG who’s accuracy I question… on 9/9 Research 2000 did a poll indicating a +12 McCain win.  This was at the height of the Palin bounce for the red team… But by 9/30 the last poll done in MS the VERY Republican tilted Rasmussen had MS in the McCain column at +8.

Since that time there has been no more polling in MS and the more trusted polls like Survery USA haven’t been there at all.

My thoughts on MS at the end of the primary were that with a 35% voting public that is African American that in theory Obama would need to only get 20% of the white vote to win this state.  Now comes the kicker… a recent study on the Bradley effect shows that in some parts of the country there is a reverse Bradley effect…

The Bradley effect–a black politician doing well in the polls but badly in the actual election–has been much discussed but there is little data on how it would work this year. Now a team of researchers from the University of Washington has analyzed the data from the 32 Democratic primaries this year and come to a surprising conclusion. The effect existed in California, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island, but a reverse effect existed in 12 other states, largely in the Southeast. Obama did better in the elections there than in the polls leading up to them. Researchers speculate that some people may tend to give pollsters the “socially correct” answer and in the Southeast, supporting the white person is socially correct.

Hmmm is the only thought that comes to mind on this issue… now on to Georgia…

Where along with a high African American turnout likely also come these to “B” words… “Bob Barr”

This state has been polled more and by other companies first I’ll start with Survery USA 9/15 poll showed McCain up +16, but by 9/29 that lead had been cut in half by Survery USA to +8 most polls this month have been in the McCain +7-+8 range with an error % of 5 %… add in Bob Barr stealing votes from McCain especially if he alienates more true conservatives and this possible reverse Bradley effect and Election Night could be very interesting indeed. On 10/9 there was a McCain plus 3 poll for GA as well.

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What NOT to wear on Election Day – UPDATE

If you planned to proudly wear your Obama t-shirt or buttons to the polls please read the following.

The Steve Harvey Show made a public service announcement today: “Please do not wear any Obama paraphernalia, such as buttons, shirts, hats, etc., to the polls on Election Day.”

If it is visible, you CAN and WILL be turned away because wearing anything that supports a candidate is prohibited inside of the polling place. Because this election is so critical, they will do any and everything to turn us away if they can.  You will be asked to remove items before signing in to vote.

Yes, we are proud, very proud! Let’s prove that by showing up and voting for our candidate, but leave the buttons and t-shirts in the car or at home.

Please pass this on. We do not want to give them a platform to turn voters away.

(Thanks to Paulette at Let Us Talk for sharing this message)

UPDATE:

I received an email stating that the above information is not accurate.  To be on the safe side, avoid wearing tee shirts with candidates names on it unless you can cover it with a jacket or sweater.  If you are wearing a button or hat, you can easily remove it.  You won’t be turned away, you will be asked to remove the item.  In Pennsylvania, you are allowed to bring in candidate literature with you inside the polls.

For more details, visit this link (PA Voters ONLY).

When in doubt, contact your local Board of Elections.

The Bruce Blog has many different links to other resources.

(Special thank you to Rachel Steward and her friends from Reading High School for making this great video.)