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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Support Paper Verified Ballot Voting

Writer to your Congressional Representative to support Congressman Rush Holt's House Resolution to institute paper-trail verified voting across the nation.

I have worked on many campaigns over the past 20 years from getting
politicians on the ballot, to canvassing in person and on the phone for
getting out the vote. I have organized a bi-lingual campaign to get 5000 voters
in Harlem and the Upper West Side registered to vote.

We do not need to throw out a system that works, paper ballots, for a
system that is murky and unverifiable and unsafe: the electronic voting
systems presently mandated by HAVA (Help America Vote Act). Expert after expert attests to the electronic systems ease with which voting results can be tampered.
In addition, nearly all of the electronic voting machine manufacturers have
deep connections with each other and the Republican Party.

These developments are not likely to increase voter participation or
confidence in our democracy. This is serious in that voter turnouts in Baghdad
exceed those of New York City. Democracy is ill when turnover in the peoples' house, Congress, is less than the turnover of the Soviet era Politburo!

It is cruelly ironic that in the wake of the 2000 Florida National
election debacle the 'reform' that we got is the so-called Orwellian-named HAVA. Under the old system I told voters that we needed to get out the vote overwhelmingly to counter any possible miscounts to make victory decisive. But with electronic
voting and the ability to easily cheat without detection, participating in
elections is seemingly becoming a waste of everyone's time. Voting won't even have the appearance of an empty ritual, the last vestige of our democracy.


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