Re: Breaking News! National League of Women Voters Endorses Voter-Verifiable Ballots & Audits for All Voting Systems

From: Kathy Dopp <kathy_dot_dopp_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Mon Jun 26 2006 - 02:18:11 CDT

I apologize to everybody for repeating this email again. I have corrected an
important ambiguous statement as well as some typing errors in this one.

On 6/26/06, Kathy Dopp <kathy.dopp@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Great News Everyone!
>
> The US League of Women Voters at their Minneapolis June Summer Convention
> adopted a resolution that all voting systems should include voter-verifiable
> paper ballots which should be the official ballots and used in independent
> hand-counted audits of election results
>
> Utah's League of Women Voters Executive Director, Sandy Peck, wrote this
> account (See item #4 on page #10):
>
> http://www.lwvutah.org/VOTERS/Summer%20Voter%202006.pdf
>
> ----------- BEGIN LWVUS RESOLUTION -----------
>
> The LWV adopted a resolution on voter-verifiable paper ballots directing
> that the LWVUS position on Citizens' Right
> to Vote be interpreted to affirm that LWVUS supports only voting systems
>
> that have a voter-verifiable paper ballot or other paper record that is
> the official record of the voter's
> intent, that the voter can verify while in the process of voting;
>
> that is used for audits and recounts;
>
> that can be used by an independent hand count to verify vote totals;
>
> that can be used in routine, published audits in randomly selected
> precincts in every election
>
> -------- END LWVUS RESOLUTION ---------
>
> My Comments:
>
> Utah's Utah's LWV Executive Director Sandy Peck seems, from her written
> comments, to agree with Utah's election officials' and Diebold's story-line.
> i.e. that guarding voting machines would prevent fraud and that
> independent audits (hand counts) to check electronic accuracy would be too
> inconvenient.
>
> I have studied graduate level computer science and I trust what expert
> computer scientists say, so I am keenly aware that there are dozens of ways
> that votes could be manipulated right under our noses without raising any
> suspicion by simply inserting a memory card used to hold votes, or attaching
> to a voting machine or tabulator for less than a minute, etc. In the course
> of conducting elections, no one would even be aware that the election was
> tampered with without independent audits.
>
> 62% of delegates to the US LWV Summer Convention voted to put an end to
> unaudited US voting systems which currently give insiders utter freedom to
> tamper.
>
> I am thrilled to see the US League of Women Voters adopted this resolution
> that, if adopted, would ensure that U.S. vote counts are accurate!
>
> This resolution puts the US League of Women Voters in the very forefront
> of the effort to fix American democracy because, unlike some other prominent
> nation-wide "election integrity" groups, the US League of Women Voters
> recognizes that:
>
> 1. voter-verified paper ballots are insufficient in themselves unless some
> of them are hand-counted in audits that check the machine counts, and
>
> 2. the paper ballot should be the official record (not the electronic
> ballot).
>
> I hope that other election integrity groups such as VerifiedVoting and
> CommonCause which have endorsed voter-verifiable paper ballots (VVPBs) but
> neglected to sufficiently point out that VVPBs, without being counted in
> independent audits, are no more than a false assurance to voters and leave
> the risk for malfeasance and error high, will now follow the example of the
> US League of Women Voters.
>
> Without independent audits, any voting system is wide-open to error and
> tampering.
>
> A hearty "Thank You" to the delegates who took the time to attend the US
> League of Women Voters Summer Conference in Minneapolis and vote in favor of
> this patriotic resolution. Thank you for fighting to preserve our democracy
> and our freedom and way of life.
>
> The vast majority of US voting systems are in much worse shape today than
> they were in 2000 or 2004 because the reach of any one technical person to
> undetectably e-rig elections extends to more locales than ever before in
> U.S. history. (For instance one Diebold technician could conceivably
> undetectably rig elections in 37 states. Yet the vast majority of states
> which use Diebolds, like Utah, have taken no meaningful actions which would
> prevent, detect, or correct such malfeasance. And Diebold is probably not
> the only voting system with such flaws.)
>
> The National Election Data Archive has a do-able plan to detect vote
> miscounts,despite such flawed voting systems, by analyzing detailed vote
> count data that we have a legal right to obtain in most states, but which
> election officials do not routinely publicly release in any state.
>
> Without analyzing detailed vote count data prior to candidates' conceding,
> insiders could undetectably pad votes for one candidate in one vote-type and
> subtract votes for a different candidate in another vote type, or tamper
> with one vote-type. Evidence of these problems appeared in both states
> where we were able to obtain the detailed data after the 2004 election --
> New Mexico and Washington state.
>
> Please help NEDA to complete the system so that we can actively monitor
> election results in all states. Donate to US Count Votes' National Election
> Data Archive (NEDA) Project.
>
> We need $2000/month to pay NEDA's new programmer to complete the
> functionality and backup system for obtaining detailed vote count data and
> making it publicly available from the over 3300 separate county election
> offices in America.
>
> Please see http://electionarchive.org to donate or find out how
> candidates, voters, and political parties can ensure that the correct
> candidates are sworn into office.
>
> Please see http://electionarchive.net if you would like to sign up to help
> obtain the data for your own county or state.
> --
> ----
> Kathy Dopp
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>
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> mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day," wrote Thomas
> Jefferson in 1816
>

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