Monday, June 22, 2009

Election Theft, Ohio and Minnesota

I find it interesting that our government and media are in a flap because of allegations of election tampering in Iran.  Who are we to speak to any other country about election integrity?

In 2004, nine people went from Minnesota to Ohio, joining others all over the country because of allegations of election fraud there and elsewhere.  I know because I was one of them.

What we discovered was horrifying, almost beyond comprehension.  Many of us, myself included came to the conclusion that the integrity of elections and democracy itself was in question and possibly lost forever.

What was even more horrifying was the deafening silence of many, once we returned from Ohio.  No jostling of reporters or in depth interviews from elected officials for us.  In fact virtually the only people who would even listen to us were groups like Minnesota Citizens For Election Integrity and Fair Vote Minnesota.

What makes this more chilling, if that were possible, is the fact that we have seen this kind of ramped up rhetoric before.  With another "country with weapons of mass destruction." or so we were told.  I am speaking of course about Iraq.

Where we, as a nation, were lied into an illegal war and now occupation of that beleaguered nation.

Perhaps if Ohio had nuclear weapons or had some export that the owners of our country were interested in, then perhaps we would have received those interviews and press attention.

Of course the ultimate irony of this entire situation is that Minneapolis is going to have Instant Run Off Voting this year.

With the votes counted, not on machines but with paper and hand counting in some cases.  This means that for some Minnesotans, we know now that our vote will indeed count.

Perhaps election integrity and democracy is not quite lost yet.

Michael Cavlan RN

I'm a Registered Nurse who along with eight other Minnesotans went to Ohio in 2004 to take part in the historic re-count there.  Since then I have been a committed Election Integrity Activist.  I also ran for US Senate in 2006.


  1. For the record, I have sent this to a bunch of local corporate media, along with some "progressive" media.

    So far, only the Minneapolis Mirror has agreed to print it.

  2. Progressive Media.... there is such a thing as progressive media!??? Wow, I thought that went the way of the dodo bird....

  3. Jersey

    Ummmm WTF do you think we are?

    As an aside, I have visited Jeremy Scahill on his Rebel Report site.

    Exposing him for the facade and golden microphone that he really is.

    Visit his site and say hi.


    Advertising COTOCrew while I am at it.

  4. lol.. methinks Jeremy is nothing but an opportunist.. what say ye? lol

  5. I think election fraud is as old as US history. People running for congress have always been "buying" votes and cheating at the polls. It's just more obvious today. (At least to some of us.) Which is why I always vote 3rd party. We could at least have on our ballots the alternate choice "none of the above". If it got the most votes, there would have to be another selection of candidates. That's a choice we should all have. But we don't.

    When anyone asks me my party affiliation, I say, "I'm a conservative who wishes to maintain the liberal traditions of our founding fathers in a radical way."

    Then too, their idea of the "right to vote" belonged to one born of aristocracy, not democracy :)