Draft Feingold

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The 2004 election suffered from massive fraud, voting rights violations, deceit, trickery, and abuse by those who are supposed to represent the public.

The U.S. House of Representatives will contest the vote when Congress reconvenes in 2005. But they will need at least one U.S. Senator to stand with them. In 2000, representative after representative pleaded with the Senate to contest the election, but not one of them stood. We cannot afford to repeat that scene in 2004.

This is not an easy thing to ask of a Senator. After all, the Bush administration has demonstrated their ruthlessness, their disregard for rules of conduct as old as the United States. It may seem as though no Senator could stand to contest their apparent victory, no matter how suspect it is.

But there is one Senator who has already stood up to the Bush White House. One Senator who has already said, "No!" when the tide rushed to "Yes!" That senator is Russ Feingold, of Wisconsin. He voted against giving the President the authority to begin operations in Iraq.

We ask him to do it again. We ask him to stand for all Americans, for the integrity of our electoral system, for the confidence of citizens and the world in the United States of America. We ask him to stand with the House and with the principles upon which this nation was founded.

We, The Undersigned, ask him to contest the vote.