Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Pick a Progressive Patriot: Vote Today to Protect the Vote

The Progressive Patriots Fund is holding a contest to choose five Secretary of State candidates to receive financial support. (See below for details.) Please go to and vote for Mark Ritchie, then tell all your friends to do the same. Voting ends at midnight on October 23.

Joelle Riley
NE Mpls DFA organizer


Since the 2004 election, thousands of people have contacted me about the need to protect the integrity of our voting system through fair and verifiable elections. I tell them that one of the biggest steps we can take to protect our votes is to elect strong qualified candidates to the office of Secretary of State. In places like Ohio in 2004 and Florida in 2000, Secretaries of State were able to determine the number of voting machines allotted to each precinct, what type of voting machines are used, and how provisional ballots would be counted. That's why today we begin a new round of "Pick a Progressive Patriot" focused on supporting candidates for Secretary of State.

I won my first State Senate race by 31 votes after an extensive recount. I understand firsthand the importance of electoral integrity. Recently I have co-sponsored legislation to demand a paper trail for all federal elections. I have also worked to provide funding for states to have paper ballot backups and also to randomly verify the accuracy of voting machines. But right now, the most important thing we can do to protect democracy is to elect fair and just Secretaries of State, and that's why I want your support determining which candidates we should support.

Please take the time to vote for your favorite candidate. Whoever receives the most votes will receive a $5,000 contribution to his or her campaign. We'll also be giving smaller contributions to candidates in second through fifth place to help their campaigns – $15,000 in all. So please take the time to help us determine how we should distribute these contributions.

Thank you for your support – voting will be open until Midnight on October 23, so make sure you tell your friends as well!


Russ Feingold
United States Senator
Honorary Chair, Progressive Patriots Fund


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