Links to Information Federal Legislation
H.R. 2239 , The Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2003, is legislation proposed by Congressman Rush Holt (D-NJ) that
requires computerized voting machines to produce a voter-verified paper trail, and deal with other HAVA problems.
Rush Holt's October 29 address to the House of Representatives (start at the bottom of page H10117 and continue to H10121). States
HAVA INFORMATION CENTRAL maintained by ElectionLine.org has information about each state: the planning site (which office is handling HAVA Implementation),
the state plan, and relevant legislation including a summary of each bill and its status. Computer Scientists
Dr. Rebecca Mercuri , internationally recognized expert on electronic voting. Read her analysis, articles, testimony before Congress, and more.
Two very important articles are Florida 2002: Sluggish Systems, Vanishing Votes and A Better Ballot Box? .
The famous report on Diebold's insecure software from Johns Hopkins University's Information Security Institute, published July 23, 2003, (see the report's page 22 for the
very understandable conclusions)
VerifiedVoting.org and David Dill of Stanford University . This web site offers many resources, including the newsfeed. You can also subscribe to their newsletter to stay informed! Sign the Resolution on Electronic Voting .
Dr. Douglas W. Jones of the University of Iowa, three-term Chairman (now Member) of the Iowa Board of Examiners for Voting Machines and Electronic
Voting Systems. If you looked at the report on Diebold's insecure software, now look at Dr. Jones' response The Case of the Diebold FTP Site --he saw the same software 5 years ago and called the problems to Diebold's attention!
Peter G. Neumann , Principal Scientist, SRI International Computer Science Laboratory (go to page 8 for the part on Computer-Related Elections)
Click here. Newspapers
Partial Listing Only! Newspapers may leave their articles online for a limited time.
Machine Politics in the Digital AgeBy Melanie Warner, The New York Times, November 9, 2003
Report Raises Electronic Vote Security Issues By John Schwartz. The New York Times Company, nytimes.com, September 25, 2003
Broward considers dumping $17 million in touch voting machines By Scott Wyman. Sun-Sentinel.com, South Florida's Latest News. September 24, 2003
A vote of no confidence The Baltimore Sun, August 25, 2003
Computer Voting Is Open to Easy Fraud, Experts Say New York Times, July 24, 2003 Internet Resources
(Partial listing Only! Your most important resource is the newsfeed.)
Electronic Rigging? by Kim Alexander, President and founder of the California Voter Foundation .
All the President's votes? from the Independent.co.uk. A quiet revolution is taking place in US politics. By the time it's over, the integrity of elections
will be in the unchallenged, unscrutinised control of a few large - and pro-Republican - corporations. Andrew Gumbel wonders
if democracy in America can survive. October 14, 2003.
The Theft of Your Vote Is Just a Chip Away by Thom Hartmann. AlterNet, July 23, 2003. A reviw of elections where electronic voting machines appear to have altered the
Investigative articles and breaking news on voting security and democracy issues by Lynn Landes at EcoTalk.org.
The Commonweal Institute has a useful list of links to many articles in the print and electronic media, as well as other information about electronic voting.
Pollwatch.org is an organization dedicated to citizen exit pollers and has a good links page.
Scoop has a long list of links to articles in the print and electronic media.
SAIC Connected To E-Voting Whitewash , Sludge Report #156, August 23, 2003
How to Rig an American Election
Bald-Faced Lies About Black Box Voting Machines
A Brief History of Computerized Election Fraud in America by Victoria Collier, October 25, 2003. Black Box Voting
Bev Harris , author of the book "Black Box Voting: Ballot Tampering In The 21st Century
What to Do Basics
Find out who represents you.
Become familiar with the resources available now, including the materials at VerifiedVoting.org .
If you talk with someone who doesn't know about this issue, ask them to go to this web site for a minute and try the Fraudulent
Meet others who are working for verifiable election results at an election reform meetup. Federal Level, Congress
A bill in the House of Representatives, H.R. 2239, "The Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2003" would require computerized voting machines used in the 2004
elections to provide a voter-verifiable paper trail, as well as accessibility for the disabled.
Is your Congressional Representative a co-sponsor of HR 2239? If not, please contact them via phone, email or fax and ask them to sign on as a co-sponsor (sample letter).
So far, there is no companion bill in the Senate. Please contact your two US Senators and ask them to introduce and support
companion legislation for HR 2239 (sample letter). State Level
VerifiedVoting.org and ElectionLine.org have web pages with information about each state.
HAVA must be implemented at the state level. Each state is dealing with HAVA requirements for voting machines in its own
way. What is your state doing?
1. Has your state applied for HAVA money to acquire new voting machines?
2. What is the decision-making procedure?
3. Who will choose the voting machines? Is that person or group concerned with security? Are they informed about the insecurity
of computerized voting machines that do not have a voter-verifiable paper trail?
4. Has the decision-making process been covered in your local news media?
5. Are local citizens involved?
6. Have the decisions already been made?
7. What voting machines will be used in next year's election?
To get answers, contact your local or state Board of Elections, your local or state elected officials (such as your state
legislators), your Governor's office (they may refer you to the Secretary of State's office), or the League of Women Voters.
It may take two or three phone calls to get answers. The harder it is, the more important it is to call your local newspapers
and other news media and ask them to cover the story.
When you speak with people, ask them how they are involved, and how you can get involved to make sure that the voting machines
acquired for use in your state are secure.
VerifiedVoting.org invites people in every state to help research where your Congressperson stands on HR 2239. Local
The same local Board of Elections, elected officials, and League of Women Voters can tell you what is happening
on the local level. Local governments can pass resolutions and lobby the state. An example is Resolution 1037-2003 in the New York City Council that supports A8847, a New York State bill that requires a voter-verifiable paper trail.
Inform local individuals and organizations and work with them to keep on raising this issue. Personal
Only an informed, vocal public can make a difference! Inform yourself by reading . After you read, discuss the issue with others because discussion sharpens your thinking and informs others.
This is a still stealth issue. Most people don't know about HAVA and the security problems with the new computerized voting
machines, or that the states are in process of buying them now.
Bring up the subject with your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, church, school, person sitting next to you on the
bus, political club, teacher, good government organization, work-out partner at the gym, community board, school board, PTA,
tenants organization, food coop, local bulletin board, librarian, book store, discussion group, yoga class, bartender, person
behind you in line, dance class, hair dresser.
Lobby your governmental officials by calling on the telephone and sending letters, emails, and faxes. They run this country
for you. Tell them about the issue, ask them what they can do to make sure that if your state uses DRE-style voting machines,
the machines have voter-verifiable capability. Conclusion
What can we do about the states' rush to buy voting machines that count the ballots in secret and prevent
recounts? Talk to everyone. Provide information. Express your opinion. Work with others.
Democracy is a form of government that requires citizens to participate - inform yourself, think for yourself, and voice
your opinion. If you don't voice your opinion, someone else will claim to speak for you.
Voting is the ultimate way to voice your opinion, but it takes more than voting to maintain democracy.
Remember that if you don't participate in your own self-government, you will be subject to what your government does anyway.
If laws are passed without your knowledge, you will be subject to their enforcement anyway.