Re: Fwd: Lou DObbs tonight CNN

From: anwar adi <aadi_at_cs_dot_ucr_dot_edu>
Date: Mon Aug 21 2006 - 16:57:31 CDT

I don't know but I wonder weather mentioning the new Zogby poll on
voter's desire to oversee elections might be helpful:

Here are some details from the blackboxvoting.org list:

IT'S NEARLY UNANIMOUS: VOTERS INSIST ON RIGHT TO OBSERVE VOTE COUNTING
>From Scoop News, by Michael Collins, Aug 21 2006: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00220.htm

According to a recent Zogby Poll:
- At a stunning rate of 92%, Americans insist on the right to watch their votes being counted.
- And, at an overwhelming 80%, they strongly object to the use of secret computer software to tabulate votes without citizen access to that software.

Viewing vote counting has become a process of watching computers, somewhat akin to watching the radio, but without sound.

A Zogby Poll was commissioned and sponsored by election rights and business law attorney Paul Lehto of Everett. Washington. It consisted of 1018 interviews over a five day period beginning August 11, 2006. Details: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00220.htm

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NEAR UNIVERSAL DEMAND TO SEE THE VOTES COUNTED

Most all likely voters (92%) agree that citizens have the right to view and obtain information about how election officials’ count votes Just 6% feel citizens do not have this right.

Four fifths of respondents within every demographic group selected the right for citizen review and access, Statement A. This includes overwhelming majorities of both Kerry (92.8%) and Bush supporters (90.8%); independents (96.9%); Catholics (92.8%), Protestants (90.8%), Jews (87.2%), and those with no religious affiliation (93.3%).

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THE PUBLIC'S RIGHT TO KNOW AND THEIR RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT THEY DON'T KNOW

What will people think and do when they find out that these rights are (a) not granted universally either in law or by custom and (b) that even if they are granted, they are virtually unobtainable due to the nature of computerized voting. Invisible ballots cannot be observed by voters. Computer software calculations cannot be observed by voters. Inquiring about and receiving information on these invisible processes requires an act of faith of epic proportions. Voters are expected to believe summary data and tables from election officials who routinely deny and/or discourage access to vote counting and who sign contracts with private vendors like Diebold, Sequoia, and ES&S, that surrender the right of officials or the public to inspect the most important software in the voting machines, the source code.

Lou Dobbs’ coverage includes online polls that consistently show 80% and greater preference for a complete dismissal of voting machines and a return to paper ballots.

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YOUR HELP IS NEEDED TO TAKE BACK U.S. ELECTIONS:

- The public has the right to observe the entire election process.
- The public has a right to get information on how that process works in order to satisfy the requirement for free and fair elections.

SOLUTIONS FROM BLACK BOX VOTING, the nonprofit, nonpartisan elections watchdog group that proved once and for all that all electronic voting systems can be hacked, are prone to error, and through Freedom of Information and public records requests proved that citizens have lost the right to authenticate elections at all:

Black Box Voting ( http://www.blackboxvoting.org ) has prepared a "Tool Kit" to help citizens learn the skills to take back their elections. It is available as a free download (Adobe Acrobat, version 7 or later recommended):
http://www.blackboxvoting.org/toolkit.pdf

This fall, hundreds of thousands of citizens are about to discover for themselves that they do not have the right to authenticate their own elections. This discovery will propel change.

If you have any concerns at all -- weird results, etc., you can obtain one-on-one help from Black Box Voting -- e-mail crew@blackboxvoting.org.

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HOW YOU CAN BECOME PART OF SOLUTIONS:

Take the following simple actions:

1) Sign up for the NATIONAL HAND COUNT REGISTRY: http://www.bbvforums.org/cgi-bin/forums/board-profile.cgi?action=register

2) The Citizen's Tool Kit is the citizen's Declaration of Independence.
- Pick any module
- Choose any action from the module
- See it through to its completion
- You have just participated in the launch of a remarkable evolution to put our republic back in the hands of the taxpayers.

3) Consider participating in the Black Box Voting "Angels List" -- e-mail angels@blackboxvoting.org to join -- you will receive occasional e-mails with information on three to five extraordinary citizens who have proven themselves for a year or more, out there going to meetings, collecting public records, testifying at hearings, meeting with public officials, committing vast amounts of time and digging into their own pockets to pay their own expenses to improve and protect YOUR elections. Your name is never provided to these citizens, but their name is provided to you along with specific needs they have. Usually, they need under $350 for specific items like: "copy of poll books of [xyz county] Georgia for the primary election, $125.44.

The BLACK BOX VOTING ANGELS LIST is a unique new program to empower extraordinary citizens who do not have 501c(3) status. They're out there walking the walk and talking the talk, but something like a document scanner ($300) that may not be an obstacle to you is simply not affordable for them. If you would like to participate in this exciting matchmaking project (your money to their legwork), e-mail angels@blackboxvoting.org.

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Black Box Voting is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501c(3) elections watchdog group supported entirely by citizen donations. We refuse funds from any vendor or vested interest.
http://www.blackboxvoting.org/donate.html
Black Box Voting
330 SW 43rd St Suite K
PMB 547
Renton WA 98055

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Please plan to participate this fall to restore control of elections to the citizenry. Thank you for your stewardship of our republic.

Jerry Lobdill wrote:
> From Lou's newsletter:
>
>
>> Aviel Rubin, author of "Brave New Ballot: The Battle to
>> Safeguard Democracy in the Age of Electronic Voting" and
>> professor at Johns Hopkins University, will join us to explain
>> how the electronic voting machines being used in 37 states are
>> vulnerable to tampering. Manufacturers are not required to
>> reveal - even to the government - how they operate.
>>
>
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peace 2 u,
-anwar

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