Fw: MoveOn issues "Voting and Democracy" bulletin

From: Alan Dechert <adechert_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Thu Jul 31 2003 - 11:40:45 CDT

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> Hi Folks,
>
> MoveOn.org, the grassroots, Internet-based, political action group,
> has issued a nationwide email bulletin to half a million people this
> week calling attention to voting security issues.
>
> The bulletin includes a new essay that I contributed, "The Voting
> Rights Struggle of Our Time", available online at
> http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=16476.
> My concluding thoughts in this piece:
>
> "The fight for the right to inspect a paper backup of one's digital
> ballot may end up being the voting rights struggle of our time. For
> it is the consent of the governed that is the true mark of a
> legitimate government. And that consent can only be won when
> elections are conducted not in secret, but in plain sight."
>
> There are many fascinating and informative pieces in this Bulletin.
> Thom Hartmann's piece provides a rundown of numerous instances where
> computers failed in an election. Miles Rappaport writes eloquently
> about the opportunity to make gains in many areas of election reform
> during this time of change.
>
> The MoveOn bulletin sent to California members urges them to contact
> California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley and weigh in on the Ad
> Hoc Touch Screen Task Force report before August 2, online at
> http://www.ss.ca.gov/elections/taskforce.htm . Comments may be
> submitted via fax, email or U.S. Mail to:
>
> Secretary of State Kevin Shelley
> Attn: Touch Screen Report
> 1500 11th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
> taskforcecomments@ss.ca.gov
> fax (916) 653-9675.
>
> -- Kim Alexander, California Voter Foundation
> kimalex@calvoter.org
>
>
> ------ Forwarded Message
> From: "Wes Boyd, MoveOn.Org" <moveon-help@list.moveon.org>
> Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2003 11:32:58 -0700
> Subject: Voting and Democracy: The Challenges Ahead
>
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> VOTING AND DEMOCRACY: THE CHALLENGES AHEAD
> MoveOn Bulletin
> Tuesday, July 29th, 2003
> Co-Editors: Tai Moses and Don Hazen, AlterNet
>
> Subscribe online at:
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>
> CONTENTS:
> 1. Joan Blades and Wes Boyd: <>We Need Modern and Secure Voting Systems
> 2. Don Hazen: <>A Voting and Democracy Primer
> 3. Miles Rapoport: <>Beyond Voting Machines
> 4. John Schwartz: <>Computer Voting is Open to Easy Fraud, Experts Say
> 5. Thom Hartmann: <>The Theft of Your Vote is Just a Chip Away
> 6. Kim Alexander: <>The Voting Rights Struggle of Our Time
> 7. LCCR: <>Advocates' Guide to the Help America Vote Act
> 8. Greg Palast, Martin Luther King III: <>Jim Crow Revived in Cyberspace
> 9. John Moyers, Elizabeth Ready: <>Ballots can Keep Bullets from Flying
> 10. <>About the Bulletin
>
> ------------------------------
>
> WE NEED MODERN AND SECURE VOTING SYSTEMS
> by Joan Blades and Wes Boyd
>
> In the wake of the 2000 election debacle, Congress passed the Help
> America Vote Act (HAVA), which was intended to ensure that all
> Americans have an opportunity to vote and have their vote counted.
>
> What's happened since HAVA was passed? When will old voting machines
> be retired? Can we trust the new touch screen voting systems, which
> promise better accessibility and reduced voter error?
>
> In this bulletin, we present a series of articles that dig into these
> issues. Voting reform is now largely in the hands of the states, so
> we also encourage you to contact your local Secretary of State and
> check into the status of HAVA implementation in your state. The
> states need to hear the concerns of voters.
>
> For us, the bottom line is that we must push for modernized voting
> systems, because we know that the bad old days of ballot manipulation
> and voter intimidation must be put behind us.. But, at the same time,
> security concerns about touch screen voting are real and must be
> taken much more seriously by the states and counties as they work to
> implement HAVA.
>
> AFTER REVIEWING THE ARTICLES BELOW, CONTACT YOUR SECRETARY OF STATE
>
> You can find contact information for your state election officer at:
>
> http://www.nass.org/electioninfo/state_contacts.htm
>
> All the states are working to implement HAVA, and though they are
> lobbied every day by voting machine manufacturers, they almost never
> hear from the general public. Make your call today.
>
> If you wish to weigh in on the Federal legislation proposed to
> require a voter verifiable audit trail you can contact your
> Representative in Congress. Congressman Rush Holt is seeking
> cosponsors for HR 2239, which calls for a voter verifiable audit
> trail. The bill can be found at:
>
> http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c108:H.R.2239:
>
> The main switchboard for the House of Representatives is
>
> House Switchboard: 202-224-3121
>
> ------------------------------
>
> A VOTING AND DEMOCRACY PRIMER
> Don Hazen, AlterNet
> Election 2000 introduced a host of new voting issues for Americans to
> worry about, from flaws in electronic voting machines to voter roll
> purges. Now, with voting reform opportunities imminent, this overview
> will give you an introduction to the issues at hand and highlight the
> articles to follow.
> http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=16472
>
> ------------------------------
>
> BEYOND VOTING MACHINES: HAVA AND REAL ELECTION REFORM
> Miles Rapoport, AlterNet
> The details of the Florida 2000 election proved, to Americans of all
> political persuasions, that our election laws are broken. Yet the
> debacle also created an opening for voting reform that we have not
> seen for decades. Today we have a real and concrete chance to shape
> the way America votes. Effective organizing over the next several
> months will create genuine new opportunities to expand the vote --
> but there is no time to waste.
> http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=16490
>
> ------------------------------
>
> COMPUTER VOTING IS OPEN TO EASY FRAUD, EXPERTS SAY
> John Schwartz, New York Times
> A team of computer security researchers say the software in
> electronic voting machines contains serious flaws that would allow
> voters to cast extra votes and permit poll workers to alter ballots.
> Voting machine companies, however, insist their code is proprietary
> and have refused to submit the software to public review. This might
> just be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to problems with
> computerized voting systems.
> http://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/24/technology/24VOTE.html
>
> ------------------------------
>
> THE THEFT OF YOUR VOTE IS JUST A CHIP AWAY
> Thom Hartmann, AlterNet
> You'd think in an open democracy that the government rather than a
> handful of corporations would program, repair and control the voting
> machines. You'd think the computers that handle our ballots would be
> open and their software and programming available for public
> scrutiny. You'd think there would be a paper trail of the actual
> hand-cast vote, which could be audited if there was evidence of
> voting fraud or if exit polls disagreed with computerized vote
> counts. You'd be wrong.
> http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=16474
>
> ------------------------------
>
> THE VOTING RIGHTS STRUGGLE OF OUR TIME
> Kim Alexander, AlterNet
> The biggest problem with computerized voting systems is that they are
> not transparent. Some who think we don't need a paper trail tend to
> portray those of us who insist we do as paranoid conspiracy
> theorists. But any reasonable person who takes a moment to think
> about it quickly understands why it's not a good idea to trust 100
> percent computerized, paperless voting systems run on secret software.
> http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=16476
>
> ------------------------------
>
> ADVOCATES' GUIDE TO THE HELP AMERICA VOTE ACT
> Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
> The Help America Vote Act of 2002 impacts every part of the voting
> process, from voting machines to provisional ballots, from voter
> registration to poll worker training. Here are some hands-on
> suggestions to ensure that HAVA will be properly implemented by
> election officials, legislators and advocates in each state.
> http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=16493
>
> ------------------------------
>
> JIM CROW REVIVED IN CYBERSPACE
> Greg Palast and Martin Luther King III, GregPalast.com
> While the media chased butterfly ballots and hanging chads after the
> 2000 election, a more sinister and devastating attack on voting
> rights went almost undetected: the computerized purges of legal
> voters from the registries. The overwhelming majority were innocent
> of any crime -- and just over half were black or Hispanic.
> http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=15890
>
> ------------------------------
>
> BALLOTS CAN KEEP BULLETS FROM FLYING
> John Moyers and Elizabeth Ready, TomPaine.com
> A register-for-peace drive and a massive get-out-the-vote effort
> aimed at peace-minded citizens could bring a groundswell of new
> voters to the polls in 2004. Find out what several progressive groups
> are doing to educate, activate and involve everyday Americans in the
> electoral process.
> http://www.tompaine.com/feature2.cfm/ID/7605
>
> ------------------------------
>
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