Yesterday was the meeting of the Massachusetts Electoral College. All 11 of us Electors voted unanimously for Barack Obama and Joe Biden – surprise! It was a wonderful event full of pomp, ceremony, history and lots of speechifying.
There were many moving remarks. My favorite was the Secretary of the Commonwealth, Bill Galvin. It just tickles me to see a guy using such passionate words about the importance of the individual vote to our democracy and the responsibility of protecting the election process, while maintaining his usual reserved, almost somber manner.
It reminds me of the first time I met Galvin many years ago. We were doing voter registration following a new citizen swearing in ceremony at Fanueil Hall. When we arrived, there was the Secretary of the Commonwealth and a staffer. We didn’t know quite why he was there or what to expect. In his usual stone face and a sack lunch in hand, he pulled a sandwich from the bag, while beginning to instruct us. “They come out that door. You need to spread out with plenty of clip boards with Voter Registration Forms. They will stop to take pictures with there family and be gone in 5 minutes.” Registering new citizens to vote is exhilarating and he was really enjoying it.
So the letter I received from an apparent Tea Party member a few days before the Electoral College railing against immigrants initially just annoyed me. But as I read it through it sounded like a citizen genuinely concerned about the election and imploring me to be a faithless elector and vote for Mitt Romney. So I considered answering the letter and correcting the many factual errors and explaining why I would be voting for Obama, not Romney. But there are so many errors in the letter below and so little chance of anything I would say making any difference. Anyone have a suggestion?
Electoral College Representative
I implore you to simply hear me out. I am no one important; I am not affiliated with any politician. I am not a celebrity, or accompanied by a multitude of followers. I am merely one lone American, but I was raised to believe that everyone, every voice in America counts. I know you may not agree with any of what I am about to say, but as a fellow citizen expressing my right to voice my free speech, and to petition you as an essential representative as a voting elector in this election year (falling under the Constitution’s first Amendment), I just ask that you would read my words with an open mind and listed to what I have to say. If you at the very least do this, I will be grateful.
As you must know there has been much controversy surrounding this very tight election. It would seem crazy to many, and possibly even you that I am writing this letter. But because of my own conviction I couldn’t leave this to rest without exercising the freedom we have been given by God and our forefathers. I believe that is the issue the election, above all else, has truly been about. Freedom. You have a heavy task, a great responsibility, of this I do not envy. We live in a republic, where as Americans we vote, and then we entrust you to hear our voice and to interpret that voice.
Unfortunately, many believe that voice was lost because this was not, in fact, a free and honest election. I do not want to take up too much of your time, so I will try to make my arguments brief, but I hope I can at least be one voice among thousands of Americans signing petitions everyday to not only the President, but Congressmen/women in Washington. These include the request to investigate the 70,000+ calls of suspected voter fraud activity on Election Day alone and to recount the election (among other concerns, which I will get to later.) However no action has been taken on behalf of the White house or Congressional representatives from either side of the aisle. As I write this, there are (at least) petitions on two websites, one on ‘We the People’ growing by the minute with just under 65,000 signatures, and another on ‘Petition2Congress’ that also continues to grow with almost 117,000 signatures. I believe this is only a sample of citizens who are frustrated with the display from the election. For example, I feel for the voters who were still waiting in line to vote when the election was essentially “called.” The election is not decided until YOU cast your vote. The petitions for the recounts are not the only ones to be considered. Just days after the election multitudes of petitions sprang up for states to secede from the union. Again, many may call these citizens crazy. I myself hope this is not the future of our country, but to me it is evidence something was indeed inherently wrong in the results from November 6, 2012. Just consider some of the other disconcerting factors that may have affected the outcomes of the current popular vote.
These examples (many others possibly unknown) of illegal activity have so far had little or no consequences:
- Thousands of illegal aliens registered to vote as Democrats
- 100% vote for Obama in some districts such as Philadelphia, PA
- More votes than registered voters (several states)
- Voters who showed us and were told they already voted when they hadn’t, (as someone had signed/voted in their name)
- A case where Republican ballots were thrown into a river where not all could be recovered with an unknown loss of votes (estimated hundreds+)
- Improper screening of voter registration employees: Caused employees to be fired who had already caused an indefinite number of voter registration errors
- Undefined loss of military votes because of miscommunication of deadlines and counting o ballots(military servicemen/women surveyed said the would vote Romney at least 2-1,) the very citizens fighting to protect us and our freedom to vote
- Malfunctioning voting machines automatically choosing President Obama for voters who tried to vote for Mitt Romney-and the inability many time because of faulty machines to know if the count was accurate
The only response these concerns have received since the election is complete dismissal or that “they will continue to be monitored and taken into consideration for future elections,” but no investigations or criminal actions have taken place, despite thousands of Americans asking questions from both parties. All have been ignored by the media and those governing our nation such as representatives only toting their responses like the quote above with campaign propaganda and rationalizing questions as myths, conspiracy theories and radical ideals.
What I am leading up to or asking you to do is completely unprecedented and what some would consider a “faithless vote” (for your state) based on the “seeming” evidence of the current numbers, but I would ask you to consider what may go beyond the statistics, polls and numbers. Listen to the conviction of your heart, and of your fellow citizens. In the end, I will accept your decision, whatever you choose to do, but I have to follow my own convictions, for the hope of the country, for the love of our country, and ask you to vote for the candidate who can lead us out this place of desolation to which we have come. I am asking you to vote for Mitt Romney. I think the evidence is clear, I think so many voices and votes have been lost, please don’t fail them. The millions of Americans that cast these ballots believe in what Mitt Romney can do for our country. That he truly cares for our nation, that he has the skills, and experience to lead us out of this depression and to ensure that the freedom we have found for since the founding of our country will always be cherished and never be lost-especially during an election.
When I think about freedom, the first thing I think about is my husband. He’s a veteran who served in combat. Most of the men he served with didn’t come back. Like many servicemen, they all fought bravely and like may others their sacrifices, the blood shed, their stories, the protection they provided for the lives of every American, may never be known to the masses, but the freedom they swore to uphold is. I pray that it will never be forgotten, lost or taken for granted, especially for the sake of veterans who still suffer everyday. Do not let their sacrifice, of the sacrifices of generations before us be in vain. The essence of our freedom starts with free and honest elections. Make sure YOUR vote, no matter what it is, is based on your own conviction of the voice of EVERY American, not just your party affiliation. This I beg of you.
Finally, I wanted to leave you with an excerpt from the Declaration of Independence, take it as you will:
:…In every stage of these Oppression We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury, A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.”
Thank you for reading and hearing what I had to say. I pray that God will lead you in your decision.
May God bless you and our great nation. Your fellow citizen,