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Can Anonymous and the Occupy movement get out the vote in November?

by Steve Ragan - Mar 12 2012, 16:30

Anonymous looking to get out the vote in November. IMG: Anonymous

Here in the U.S., the political season is heating up as President Obama seeks a second term in office, while four GOP candidates are looking to prevent that from happening. In addition, those who serve in the U.S. Senate (33 seats) and the U.S. House of Representatives (435 seats) are up for re-election as well. Anonymous wants in on the action, but can they really make a difference?

A joint effort between supporters of Anonymous and supporters of the Occupy movement seeks to hold politicians accountable for their voting records, by launching the “Our Polls” campaign. Their mission is a simple one, force elected officials to remain accountable to the people who put them in office, but it remains to be seen if they can actually influence the November elections.

“Elected officials serve one purpose — to represent their constituents, the people who voted them into office. Last year, many of our elected officials let us down by giving in to deep-pocketed lobbyists and passing laws meant to boost corporate profits at the expense of individual liberty,” the campaign’s announcement letter explained.

The get out the vote initiative focuses on the stance taken by politicians as they weighed in on NDAA, SOPA, PIPA, HR 1981, and ACTA. Calling on “voters, activists and keyboard warriors under all banners to unite” as one, the announcement comes with a list of politicians and their track records, encouraging people to make a change when it comes time to cast ballots.

“What can you do? You are one person. You have one vote. Use that vote on November 6 to hold your elected official accountable for supporting bills such as NDAA, SOPA and PIPA....[and] unseat the elected representatives who threaten our essential freedoms and who were so quick to minimize our individual constitutional rights for a quick corporate profit.”

On Twitter, the two accounts for the campaign, @AnonPAC and @OurPolls, are mostly inactive, with less than 20 tweets between them.

Yet, within each group (for as much as one can call Anonymous a group), there are people active in the political process. Not to mention, the Occupy movement itself started as a small grass roots effort. So while it remains to be seen if either side can truly influence the various elections this year, stranger things have happened.12

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