Zogby Poll Link

From: Kathy Dopp <kathy_dot_dopp_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Wed Aug 23 2006 - 21:06:35 CDT

Excuse me if you already received this, but I did not receive it
myself until just now.

Zogby poll: strong 92% support public access & info re vote counting
http://www.zogby.com/news/ReadNews.dbm?ID=1163 (press release weblink)

An extraordinary 92% of Americans believe that the public should have
the right to observe vote counting and obtain information about it,
according to a brand new Zogby poll of 1018 registered likely voters,
taken August 11-15, 2006. This result flies in the face of electronic
elections where vote counting is commonly considered a trade secret of
the vendors of electronic voting machines.

Paul Lehto, who commissioned the poll, said: "It's one of the highest
political values ever measured. Pretty much the ONLY way we can come
up with anything more popular is to go to something about which there
is NO SUBSTANTIAL CONTROVERSY. But such values with higher support, if
they exist, are not being eliminated like public supervision and
oversight of elections is. This is taking place in all jurisdictions,
even in some places where they wrongly believe they have "transparent"
elections until they ask for the information and it is denied by
public officials."


* It's way higher than people who wouldn't mind a free tax cut.

* It's Higher than Bush's approval rating after 9-11.

* It's higher than the approval ratings of any departing President.
http://uspolitics.about.com/library/bl_historical_appro ...

* I'll bet it's higher than the approval ratings of Pres. Lincoln and
Pres. Washington TODAY, if they exist. Though i'm willing to be proven
wrong on that. Anyone?

* It's higher than the approval rating of any senator, governor or
President since WWII, at any time. See, e.g., <
http://www.surveyusa.com/50governorsrated051005.htm > others at main

* It's higher than the 87% thinking oil companies are gouging
consumers these days. < http://alternet.org/wiretap/29788 >

* And, it's also higher than the percentage of people who can get a
basic math long division problem right.

Attorney Paul Lehto, who commissioned the Zogby Poll*, stated "This
attack on transparency and loss of public rights to observe and
supervise their own elections has occurred because of widespread
government purchases of electronic voting machines that feature
software claimed by vendors to be protected by trade secrecy and
proprietary rights against any public observation or disclosure.
Because of $4 billion in federal funding to states and counties under
the Help America Vote Act of 2002, these new invisible electronic
ballots are used by a rapidly increasing majority of Americans against
the wishes of 92% of all Americans, according to Zogby. Under
electronic voting run under this regime of trade secrecy, American
citizens are never allowed at any time to verify if their elections
are open, honest and accurate, and the government actually ends up
ganging up with its vendors to fight citizen requests for information
about the secret vote counting that is occurring. It is by no means
"progress" to take checks and balances or public oversight out of
elections, it is more like the biggest step backwards for democracy

Cross tabbed Zogby data and press release in pdf form are attached
hereto. Official Zogby materials are only those attached and that
contained in the Zogby link at the top of the page, the rest is the
work of the undersigned.

Paul Lehto
Attorney at Law

PO BOX 254

Everett, WA 98206

"Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body
and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day," wrote
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