The Land of Plenty Starving for Democracy
John B. Kenney is on a hunger strike for the next 30 days until we can persuade our elected representatives to introduce the Federal Paper Ballot Emergency Act of 2004
Raising awareness of this issue is not nearly enough. Every American must act now to protect the upcoming election. We must press our elected officials to pass emergency legislation to immediately implement a system of paper ballots that assures accuracy and transparency in our upcoming federal elections. After what happened in 2000, any uncertainty about the results of the next election will throw our country into chaos.
The five basic elements of voting security are:
1. Poll Book (personal sign in)
2. Paper ballot
3. Ballot box (transparent and locked)
4. Hand Count (of all paper ballots in the ballot box)
5. Results Posted (prominently displayed at the polling place)
Is that so difficult?
Bob Herbert wrote today
about the supression of minority votes:
The Election Protection Coalition, a group that was formed to identify and stamp out attempts to disenfranchise voters is also urging people to call the hot line now if they are aware of efforts to discourage or prevent people from voting.
On Election Day in November, the coalition expects to have as many as 25,000 volunteers, including 5,000 lawyers, available to provide assistance to voters who encounter irregularities or feel they are not being treated fairly at the polls. Voters who call the hot line will immediately be put in touch with volunteers in their local area.
posted by Cyndy