Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube

Keep Fred on the Ballot! Protest Exclusionary Vote Tampering in Connecticut

Socialist Action (SA) Senatorial candidate, Fred Linck, faces the threat of bureaucratic exclusion from the upcoming November election.

Ben Fredericks

September 15, 2018
Facebook Twitter Share

After gathering almost 11,000 signatures for Fred Linck to be added to the ballot, Socialist Action’s Senatorial campaign faces the threat of bureaucratic exclusion. All defenders of democratic rights should protest this outrage and demand Fred Linck be included on the ballot.

As the Linck campaign explains, “The Secretary of State’s office is threatening to rule Socialist and Iraq War Veteran, Fred Linck off the ballot when dozens of petitions are still in the hands of town clerks…With more than 6,700 signatures already verified, it is clear that there are easily enough valid signatures among the remaining uncounted or rejected signatures (some 4,200) to bring the total above the 7,500 needed for ballot status.”

This anti-democratic maneuver threatens to silence not only the Fred Linck campaign’s radical message, but any organization that dares to organize outside the confines of the two-party system. Indeed part of the reason voter turnout is so low in the United States is the common refrain that “the system is rigged,” and in fact it is! Across the board, innumerable obstacles block the democratic participation of the U.S. working class. From the suppression of the Black vote in Florida in 2000, to the anti-democratic electoral college, to the “winner-takes-all” structure of government, American electoral politics are rigged to favor the two parties of the bosses, Democrats and Republicans.

As one of a tiny handful of class-struggle, anti-capitalist candidates, the Linck campaign provides a small dose of clarity and principle in what is otherwise a swamp of pro-capitalist politics. Asserting the need for a total break from all capitalist parties and an independent working class program of social change, SA’s senatorial bid aims to spread its radical socialist message to broader sector of the working class — something Left Voice wholeheartedly supports.

Whereas the Democratic Socialists of America star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez showed her true colors by praising John McCain as “an unparalleled example of human decency and American service,” Fred’s organization correctly explained that McCain was a reactionary, right-wing war criminal, a “bigot to the end.” Fred Linck, himself an Iraq War veteran, has taken a brave stand against U.S. imperialism, having come to see that he and his fellow soldiers had more in common with Iraqi workers than the wealthy elites, politicians and military command that started the war.

Anyone who wants to break the stranglehold of the two-party system has a stake in opposing such exclusionary measures against independent, anti-capitalist candidates.

The Fred Linck campaigns is asking the public to call the Connecticut Office of the Secretary of State, headed by Democrat Denise Merrill, and demand all signatures be counted and Fred be rightly included on the ballot. The relevant contact information is found below:

Office of the Secretary of the State
Telephone: (860) 509-6200
(Select the option for elections, and then the option to call as a member of the public)
Business Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Deputy Secretary of the State,
Scott D. Bates (860) 509-6212
Ask Denise Merrill on Facebook:
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/SOTSMerrill/
Or on Twitter:

Interview with Fred Mitch Linck, candidate for US Senate in Connecticut

As part of our goal of advancing working class political independence and class struggle, we interview Fred Mitchell Linck, Socialist Action's candidate for Connecticut Senate. Left Voice is committed to highlighting socialist candidates running independent of capitalist parties, despite our political differences.

Posted by Left Voice on Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Facebook Twitter Share

Ben Fredericks

Ben is a member of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance and has been active in anti-imperialist and labor activism.

United States

Image of Biden in front of coronavirus molecules, fires, and George Floyd mural.

Let Us Turn Our Anger at Biden Into Organization

Across the country, people are taking to social media to share their frustration with the Biden government. While this airing of anger is natural, it isn’t enough. We need to organize against the Biden administration.

Ezra Brain

January 23, 2022

Michigan Activists Picket Fake Abortion Clinic

On the 49th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade legalizing abortion across the United States, and with abortion rights under concerted attack in many states, a group of activists picketed a fake clinic in Michigan.

Jessica Prozinski

January 23, 2022

What Student Activists Walking Out Over Covid Safety Can Learn From Student Movements Around the World

There is a long international history of student strikes. The recent student movements in Chile, Brazil, and elsewhere can offer ideas and inspiration to the thousands of K-12 students organizing school walkouts to demand remote learning and other safety protocols during the current Covid wave.

Rose Lemlich

January 22, 2022

CUNY’s Reopening Plan Is a Nightmare for Adjuncts and Students

As the Omicron variant of Covid-19 continues to surge, the inflexible reopening plan at the City University of New York (CUNY) has led to a wave of course cancellations and layoffs that have hit adjunct faculty and students especially hard.

MOST RECENT

Imperialist Backed Airstrike in Yemen Kills At Least 70 People

Yemen, the site of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis in recent history, continues to be devastated by a proxy war backed by U.S. imperialism. The latest attack shows the urgency of confronting the geopolitical and imperialist interests that have created this unimaginable human crisis.

Maryam Alaniz

January 22, 2022

Femicides in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, Spark Widespread Outrage

Earlier this week, two young women were found dead on the Juárez-Porvenir highway in Mexico. Relatives had reported the lesbian couple missing two days earlier. The prosecutor’s office is denying it was a hate crime.

Isabel Vega

January 22, 2022

The Right to Vote Is a Conquest of the Working Class. That’s Why We Defend It

The United States is undergoing the most concerted effort to undermine voting rights than at any time since the end of Reconstruction after the Civil War. The Left has a responsibility to mount just as strong an effort to defend these rights, which workers and people of color have shed blood to win.

Scott Cooper

January 22, 2022

Mass Action Will Protect and Expand Our Abortion Rights, Not Politicians and PACs

In 2004, more than a million people protested Bush-era abortion policies in a march on Washington DC. Where are the organizers of the March for Women’s Lives seventeen years later as we face the biggest threat to abortion rights since the passage of Roe v. Wade?

Cal Berry

January 22, 2022