Friday, March 25, 2005

Election Reform Ramblings

If you haven't been to the BradBlog in a while you're missing out on some interesting stuff. The latest thing Brad has uncovered is a newly formed "non-partisan" voting rights advocacy group. The Orwellianly named group, American Center for Voting Rights, is actually a front for more GOP/Bush-Cheney inspired evil. After being outted as being high-level GOP operatives they did respond, well sort of. But the congressional committee wasn't informed during testimony of the Bush/Cheney '04 connections:
Monday's testimony to a U.S. House Committee by Mark F. (Thor) Hearne, the leader of the American Center for Voting Rights (ACVR) -- who also happens to be the National Counsel for Bush/Cheney '04, Inc. -- has just been added to the website of the "non-partisan", tax-exempt, one-week old "Voting Rights" group.

In his testimony, Hearne failed to mention to the U.S. House members, either his connection to Bush/Cheney or his long roots in the Republican party going back to the Reagan Administration. The testimony was given last Monday to the U.S. House Administration Committee at hearings held on the Ohio Election problems. The hearings to which Hearne was invited were held just 3 business days after the ACVR suddenly appeared for the first time on the Internet...or anywhere else that we've been able to find. More on that here.

Some intrepid BradBlog reader did a little research and found the headquarters of ACVR.

Little, bitty, tiny people work here.

Brad's got more on this group, and the latest on Blackwell. Go visit him and pitch into his donation jar, he's been doing some good work.

Other news on the voting reform front, Jimmy Carter to Chair Election Reform Commission

This is a mixed bag, guess who's co-chair - James Baker.

Ok, time for the Divestiture for Democracy plug, go send a letter to the voting companies and tell them to comply or die.

Some of you may know that Rep. Conyers has his own blog and a few may have visited, he's got a new feature - he's turned the comments on, and he wants your input on election reform.

Imagine that a representative of the people who actually wants to hear from the people.

See, there is hope and truth can prevail.