Friday, October 29, 2004

Election day - foot soldiers needed.

For those of you monitoring election locations on Tuesday, the following rules are in force in Pennsylvania. Similar rules apply elsewhere. Consult your local law. (Talk to the local Republican headquarters or an election lawyer if you are not sure).

Watchers can:

* Inspect all voting machines and counters before polls open
* Inspect the list of absentee ballots received when polls open
* Clearly hear the name of each person entering the poll to vote
* Inspect the book signed by the voter at will
* Remain with the election board throughout the process of counting votes after 8 p.m. on November 2

In addition, every person voting for the first time in the precinct must display proper identification. This is not an option, but a requirement of the federal Help America Vote Act of 2002. If a voter is unable or unwilling to show proper identification, they must cast a provisional ballot. Please note: Provisional ballots are NEVER opened at the polling place.

Regarding absentee ballots ... they may not under any circumstances be opened until polls close at 8 p.m.

Anyone in line to vote at 8 p.m. must be permitted to vote, but no one arriving after that time can. At 8 p.m., the judge of elections should go to the back of the line to signify the end of voting.

Finally, electioneering may not take place within 10 fet of the entrance to the polling place. Conversely, any attempt to interfere with electioneering more than 10 feet from the door closest to the polling place is a violation of law.

Any volunteer can act as a poll watcher, provided you have a "watcher certificate" or other document distributed by your local party.

Volunteers are needed to deal with the Democrat fraud that we expect. Fight the fraud every step of the way. Don't let the election judges at your precinct get away with bending the rules. This is where the battle will be won or lost. All of our speeches, e-mails, blogging and Rathergate exposing will mean nothing if thousands of Democrats can vote multiple times in the swing states.
Volunteer now! Call the local Republican party and ask where they need you on election day. [If you can't find the local Republican party, call the office of a local Republican elected official - e.g. the county commissioner's office or a borough councilman.]

Get in the trenches on election day!

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