Save Our Secretaries of State

One of voters' biggest fears is after taking the time to register and vote, that we won't be allowed to actually vote, or that our vote won't be counted.

A new group, SOS, is trying to make sure everyone can vote, while making the formerly obscure post of Secretary of State sexy. I know it's not easy, but a decade of voter suppression and election rip offs can do it.

Over the past two elections, we have seen the politicization of voting harking back to the days of segregated voting in the South. Some election officials -- the two most infamous being Ken Blackwell in Ohio (now running for governor) and Katherine Harris in Florida (now running for Senator) under the faux guise of addressing fraud, have prevented or made more difficult the basic right of tens of thousands of citizens, to vote.

It's not much of a secret that, typically, if you want everybody to vote who is eligible, you are likely to be a Democrat. If you want to limit access, and maximize targeted turn out, you are probably a Republican. But trying to limit voting undermines one of our most cherished of rights.

In some states, like Minnesota, there is same day voter registration, which increases significantly the number of voters, and there has been virtually no fraud. But in Minnesota,
incumbent Mary Kiffmeyer has been making sounds about eliminating same day registration, while long time activist Mark Ritchie will fight tooth and nail to keep it. For many, that is a question of democracy.

Candidates for Secretary of State from OH, MN, CO,NV, IA, and MI are included on the SOS site, http://www.secstateproject.org/

PS -- AlterNet is a non-profit organization and does not endorse candidates, although we are in favor of democracy. If you want to see what Mary Kiffmeyer from Minnesota has to say, check her out: http://www.kiffmeyer.org/

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