Electronic Voting - A Non-Partisan Issue
Hand Counting Can Be Efficient, Fast, Reliable
ELECTRONIC VOTING
DANGERS of E-VOTING
--- Warnings
--- Democracy at Stake
--- Report from UK
"BLACK BOX VOTING"
--- Work of Bev Harris
------ Get Book Free!
VOTER-VERIFIED PAPER BALLOTS
--- Bev Harris's Sites
Or -- "Voter-Verifiable Paper Trail"
HELP FROM HR 2239
--- Republican Sponsors
--- Legal Support
--- Bev H. Comments
... INTERIM SOLUTION
WHY PRIVATIZE VOTING AT ALL?
WHY NOT RETURN to PAPER BALLOTS?
DIEBOLD WARS
------ Diebold Gives In!
------ Bev H.Comments
--- Diebold for Bush
NOT JUST DIEBOLD
IS eSLATE BETTER?
--- Potential Problems
NEW POSSIBILITY-- VOTING with "FROGS"

"An MIT/Cal Tech study done in 2001 shows that manually counted paper ballots are the most accurate system out of the 5 systems used in the last 4 presidential elections. They are totally verifiable, and first-world nations across the globe still use them, including Canada which counted their last presidential election in four hours.
And yet I am told repeatedly by vote reformers that there is no hope of America ever returning to paper ballots because too much money has been spent on the machines, and because the public is being sold on their benefits.

TruthOut.org

A Brief History of Computerized Election Fraud in America
By Victoria Collier

t r u t h o u t | Perspective

The complete article is currently (3/28/04) available on the Truthout website at-- http://www.truthout.org/docs_03/102503C.shtml 

Excerpt--

"Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty" --Thomas Jefferson .

...  Folks, let's look at this honestly. We are already deep into a horrible and expensive mess that could all be avoided by skipping the computerized middleman and simply counting paper ballots.

Paper Ballots-A Radical Idea

The last, and to my mind, most grave error of judgment comes from those who think that returning to a hand-counted paper ballot system is somehow impossible, that we can't go back to a simple process that works once we've stupidly and recklessly abandoned it.

I don't know about you, but that strikes me as an extremely dangerous perspective.

An MIT/Cal Tech study done in 2001 shows that manually counted paper ballots are the most accurate system out of the 5 systems used in the last 4 presidential elections. They are totally verifiable, and first-world nations across the globe still use them, including Canada which counted their last presidential election in four hours. And yet I am told repeatedly by vote reformers that there is no hope of America ever returning to paper ballots because too much money has been spent on the machines, and because the public is being sold on their benefits. My argument is that the public must be immediately educated on their dangers -- that should be the top priority of every serious vote reformer in the country.

My argument is that we should stop playing ball with these corrupt voting machine corporations and the sold-out government officials who support them.

My argument is that we should remember we're Americans -- we don't ask for permission to secure our own freedom. We should take these Trojan horses and burn them in the public square before our whole damn country crumbles before our eyes!

But all this debate is misleading. The bottom line is that a computerized vote count is a secret vote count - and that's illegal. Technology cannot supersede the constitutional and mandatory provisions of election law, which require open and verifiable elections. There is no way to do a public vote count with computers.

Listen, here's my idea. After the public Touch-Screen bonfire (we really need more community minded events, don't you think?), we should march to our Secretary of State's office and demand the restoration of a hand-counted paper ballot system.

Picture it. Millions of citizens marching on the gates of power, demanding their keys back. It would be a quick, effective, non-violent, American Revolution. And I think it's long overdue.

The fact is, with a well-designed ballot and see-through boxes (to prevent stuffing) the paper system can be simple, user-friendly, and fosters community-based democratic participation. High school kids, even children, used to count the ballots in America. We must have a strong, diverse presence of citizen watchdog groups to oversee the count, along with poll workers. The only election officials who are truly independent, who represent the interests of all parties in an election, are the poll watchers. The count must be done by hand, in public, video-taped, aired live on television, and the results posted on the precinct wall -- just like they used to be. Ballots should be counted on the same day as the voting takes place, making it much more difficult to alter ballots. ...

 

Victoria Collier directs a non-profit organization focused on building sustainable living systems that work on the personal, community and global levels. A long-time writer and political activist, she continues to educate the public on the subject of vote fraud in place of her father and uncle. She is the editor of http://www.votescam.com. Victoria is available for interviews and can be

reached at 1-866-280-9090 and at editor@votescam.com

: t r u t h o u t 2003

http://www.coastalpost.com/03/11/10.htm

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