Vigil for Civility Grassroots Movement Rises Again to Counter Growing Pessimism among Electorate by Launching a Nationwide Election Week Vigil

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In response to polls showing 60% of Americans fear massive voter fraud, and mounting partisan hostilities in the election, an all-inclusive grassroots website is spearheading an effort to organize an emergency Vigil for Civility. Organizers are asking American's to empower themselves and others by standing together against political cynicism with acts of civil vigilance including prayer, hunger strikes, and organized gatherings for civility.

Our goal is empower people to speak their mind through various means, but with the same goal of encouraging a fair, civil debate on the issues, while repudiating underhanded and illegal tactics. The emphasis is on encouraging fasting (hunger striking) and personal spiritual discipline (prayer)

In response to polls showing many Americans fear massive voter fraud, and mounting partisan hostilities in the election, one group is spearheading an effort to organize an emergency Vigil for Civility. Organizers are asking American's to empower themselves and others by standing together against political cynicism with acts of civil vigilance including prayer, hunger strikes, and organized gatherings for civility.

The Vigil for Civility website -- http://VigilForCivility.com -- carefully avoids both religious and political partisan posturing as it seeks to bring together voters who are worried that voter fraud and other misconduct will cause critical harm to national confidence, spark violence, and/or throw this election into the courts.

This project is the brainchild of entrepreneur and missionary Andrew Deal, who conceived the idea and the website in 2004. Again in 2008, Deal feels this election carries the same urgency for America's citizens to take up and publicly declare their personal act of vigilance. The website has been re-designed for this year, easily enabling people to register their AOV (Act of Vigilance) through a single form, and to post events and cross-message with other participants. Additionally, audio comments are posted through a call-in Talkback messaging center. "Our goal is empower people to speak their mind through various means, but with the same goal of encouraging a fair, civil debate on the issues, while repudiating underhanded and illegal tactics. The emphasis is on encouraging fasting (hunger striking) and personal spiritual discipline (prayer)," said Deal.

With growing reports and accusations of vandalism, fraud, intimidation and legal disputes, VigilForCivility.com could become the virtual meeting place for all those not content to sit by the sidelines and watch democracy take a beating.

Deal continued, "This site represents an opportunity for both candidates and partisans to demonstrate their pre-eminent belief in civility versus a 'win at all costs' mentality. The members here believe that political ambition and partisanship can be vigorous and even aggressive without sliding into areas of illegal activity, misrepresentation and fraud."

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