April 29, 2009
In Memoriam John Gideon 1947-2009
In a gentle way you can shake the world.
– Mahatma Gandhi
The election integrity community was shocked and saddened to learn of the untimely passing of John Gideon, a gentle yet passionately committed giant who devoted himself to the mission which is posted at the top of the VotersUnite.org website: “to encourage citizen ownership of transparent, participatory democracy.”
Mahatma Gandhi believed that we must be the change we want to see in the world. This was well demonstrated when he helped India gain its independence. Gandhi was a revolutionary man, but he accomplished India’s emergence as a nation without starting a revolution. In fact, he advocated no violence. One of the most powerful countries in the world yielded to the commitment of one man and the dream of millions.
In his own way John Gideon took up the Gandhi’s prescription for changing the world without starting a revolution. He decided to be the change he wanted to see. John’s cause was election integrity and he followed Theodore Roosevelt’s prescription for how to go about it: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
John’s way was to publish the “Daily Voting News”, a clip service that was sent out day after day and year after year to keep the election integrity community informed about the latest developments. The Daily Voting News became a trusted, invaluable resource that the entire election integrity movement relied on. The archive itself is a treasure trove of information.
Those of us within the election integrity community who came to know John and rely on his deep and wide-ranging knowledge of election issues are feeling bereft and lost. There is a gaping hole in the fabric of our community. Without being a revolutionary, John helped cause a sea change in U.S. elections. We have come a long way since the first dark days and John’s work has been instrumental in moving us to where we are today.
John’s steady hand at the helm of the Daily Voting News will be greatly missed. In his gentle way John shook the world – and we are all the better for it.
Note: Other tributes to John Gideon can be found at the following links:
VotersUnite.Org: Celebrating the Life Of John Gideon
Bradblog: In Memoriam: John Gideon, 1947-2009. Father, grandfather, husband, veteran, patriot, co-director of VotersUnite.Org, democracy advocate, blogger, friend …
NCVoters: Tributes to John Gideon, RIP National Election Integrity Hero
(A collection of tributes from around the web.)