I received the following email yesterday that alerted me to an important issue in the upcoming election that I was not really aware of. Who will be counting the votes in the 2012 election could be decided this year -- by Secretaries of State across the country. It is vitally important to have fair and impartial (and sane) people as Secretary of State so we don't have repeats of 2000 and 2004, where overzealous right-wingers used questionable (and often illegal) tactics to suppress the Democratic vote, or to disenfranchise entire communities. Please read this (and donate if you can):-------------------------------------------------
Do you want the Tea Party to count the votes in 2012? With less than four weeks left until the election, many Secretary of State races in key battleground states hang in the balance. Whoever is elected now will be in charge of counting the votes for President Obama's re-election.
Not surprisingly, the Tea Party has made Secretary of State elections a key priority. If they win, vote suppression, demands for excessive ID requirements and sheer hysteria would rule the day in 2012. Former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris and Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell would fit right in!
You can prevent this debacle in 2012 by acting today to defeat Tea Party endorsed candidates for critical election positions. Here are just three examples:
• In Ohio, Tea Party endorsed Republican Jon Husted is running to take back this seat for conservatives. Husted would be a giant step backwards for this key battleground state.
• In Michigan, Ruth Johnson won the Republican Secretary of State nomination after courting tea party supporters.
• In Iowa, Tea Party member and conservative Republican Matt Schultz is running to repeal Iowa's innovative same day voter registration and other election reform.
You can make a difference in these critical races. Dollar for dollar, the SoS Project is one of the most effective political investments you can make. We run smart, targeted campaigns with proven results in key battleground states. By making a small contribution today, you can make sure the Tea Party is not in charge of counting the votes later.