Now is the Time

The midterms are fast approaching and the more people we can get to the polls, the better the outcome will be for all Americans. It’s a matter of registering, studying the candidates and propositions and voting the entire ballot. So here are some links that can help you. Please send this to your family and friends and do all you can do to get them motivated to register and vote.

Here are links to use to find out how to register to vote in your area:

http://www.rockthevote.com/register-to-vote/?source=googlevr9&gclid=CM75rJK55MACFYdlfgodT34AYw

http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/Voting/Register.shtml

Now don’t be so sure you are still registered. In many red states, they can and have removed people from the registered voters’ lists to suppress the votes. Use this site to see if you are still registered. If not, use the above links to reregister to vote:

http://www.canivote.org/

Do you need voter ID where you have to vote? These sites can help you in that regard:

http://www.headcount.org/voter-id-requirements/?gclid=CI-727-65MACFYqBfgodYyAA0w

http://www.demos.org/publication/got-id-helping-americans-get-voter-identification

Do you know your candidates? Here’s a site for those running for Congress. Research these people:

http://ballotpedia.org/List_of_candidates_running_in_U.S._Congress_elections,_2014

Here’s a site for those running for the US Senate:

http://www.senateconservatives.com/site/races

Here’s a site for those running for Governor:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_gubernatorial_elections,_2014

In addition to the above, check all the propositions up for consideration. Especially check to see who’s financially sponsoring these propositions. If they’re sponsored by anyone associated with the Koch Brothers like Americans for prosperity, The Heritage Foundation, Tea Party Express, ALEC, you know the proposition isn’t in your best interests.

Finally, when you show up at the polls, you may encounter groups like “True the Vote” who may be inclined to challenge your right to vote for anyone running for federal office. That is illegal. Keep this handy:

18 U.S. Code § 594

“Whoever intimidates, threatens, coerces, or attempts to intimidate, threaten, or coerce, any other person for the purpose of interfering with the right of such other person to vote or to vote as he may choose, or of causing such other person to vote for, or not to vote for, any candidate for the office of President, Vice President, Presidential elector, Member of the Senate, Member of the House of Representatives, Delegate from the District of Columbia, or Resident Commissioner, at any election held solely or in part for the purpose of electing such candidate, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.”

If encountered by anyone from such a group, contact the FBI, not local law enforcement. Also, take their pictures, film them in action. They are breaking federal law and should be held to account.

It’s no secret that those on the extreme right want to suppress the votes in all elections; it’s the only way their candidates and their propositions can win. The only way to get a government working for the interests of the majority of Americans is to get the majority of Americans to vote. Midterms are notorious for low voter turnout. Let’s make 2014 the exception and possibly a start of a new trend, high voter turnout for a higher quality government.

Paul Weyrich, Right Wing Conservative Strategist and one of the founders of ALEC tells it like it is:

Get registered, get out there, do your research and vote.

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