Justice For The 197thEvery day of this campaign for dignity and human rights by Cheri Honkala, her staff, and her insurgent team of volunteers has been laced with attacks and intimidation. Canvassers were accosted by police, Cheri's tires were slashed, and endorsers were threatened with loss of their jobs. On election day, voters who were firm in their intention to vote were blocked from the polls and lectured in the voting booth. People had their Cheri Honkala write-in voting stamps confiscated by board of election staff, or had the stamp of the other candidate secretly switched.
At the end of the day, the tapes from the voting booths, after being signed by three officials, were to be placed on the windows for public observance. One polling location did not have their tape. One had no signatures. There are ballots that were collected and transported that were not directly delivered to city officials.
Join us in our fight to end such corruption once and for all. Complete the form below and join us Friday at 9 am to observe the votes be counted. Although, due not only to the electioneering detailed above, but especially to the lack of protocol in relation to the ballot and machine record at the end of the election, we fear the chances of our ability to even trust the results of the count is low, it is still important that the count is observed.
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Pennsylvania needs real democracy
7. Rights for people, not corporations Eliminate the doctrine of corporate personhood that has been used to justify unlimited corporate spending in elections with a constitutional amendment to clarify that only human beings have constitutional rights. 8. Get big money out of politics, get people back in Over 90% of elections are won by the candidate who raises and spends the most money. We need full public financing of elections to eliminate the corrupting influence of big money, and level the playing field for candidates who don’t take bribe money from corporate elites. 9. Open debates and free public airtime for candidates Most political debates, including the presidential debates, are controlled by the corporate political establishment to keep their competition from being heard. Until all candidates who have qualified for the ballot are included in debates, we do not live in a democracy. We need a Citizens’ Debate Commission to fight for open debates. We should also provide free public airtime for candidates to communicate their message to the public. 10. Representation for all The US is one of the only democracies to deny a voice in government to large numbers of people under its rule, particularly in the District of Columbia and colonial territories like Puerto Rico. These disenfranchised areas are populated predominantly by people of color. We need immediate statehood for the District of Columbia and self-determination for Puerto Rico and other colonial territories still under US rule. 11. End partisan election oversight Our elections should be managed not by partisan officials with a vested interest in the result, but by independent officials who are accountable only to the voting public. Elections should be run by independent, non-partisan election commissions. 12. Abolish gerrymandering The widespread practice of gerrymandering, where politicians intentionally manipulate voting districts, has made a mockery of our democracy by promoting hyper-partisanship and removing the accountability that comes with competitive elections. We must replace partisan redistricting with independent redistricting commissions to end the corrupt practice of gerrymandering.