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Fair Elections issues such as:
 - Mandated paper ballot of record
 - Legally required audits
 - Open involvement of citizens in process for selection of voting equipment
Are being fought right now in Arizona. (EG Bi-partisan bill SB1557)

If you want to learn more or get involved, come tonight to a discussion and demonstration by Tom Ryan (local Tucson Elections activist, involved in Voter Action lawsuit ) and Jim Marsh of

Or contact John Brakey, 520-578-5678,

Voting experts to lead election integrity Teach-In.  
A live demonstration will occur, showing how a hacker could change vote totals in the tabulating system which is used by Pima County (Diebold GEMS) - without leaving a trail.

Experts on electronic voting will lead a 1-hour workshop for members of the public, local politicians and news media. They will discuss how electronic voting works and detail the flaws in software systems used and planned for use in Arizona. There will be a demonstration of how election integrity could be compromised under these systems.

6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 15
Plumbers & Steamfitters Union Hall, at
2475 E Water St, Tucson

Speakers include:
Dr. Tom Ryan, Arizona Citizens for Fair Elections, on components of the Arizona election system, certification, testing and tabulation problems.

Jim Marsh,, on potential problems
in Pima County: The Diebold touchscreen, legalities and technicalities.

State Representative Ted Downing, Chair Arizona Democratic Party Election Integrity Committee, on overview of integrity concerns with the Arizona voting system.

The Pima County Board of Supervisors by a 3-2 vote June-06-06 approved a contract to buy Diebold TSx touchscreens which are vulnerable to tampering.  

Originally posted to biscobosco on Thu Jun 15, 2006 at 12:09 PM PDT.

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  •  sorry for late notice (1+ / 0-)
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    I just received the press release on this yesterday.
    If you live in AZ and are interested, but can't make it, you can sign up for future alerts, or volunteer
    or call the phone number listed in the diary.

    l'shanah haba'ah bilasvegas

    by biscobosco on Thu Jun 15, 2006 at 12:14:03 PM PDT

    •  Darn! (1+ / 0-)
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      I can't make it tonight - will be doing a bunch of stuff to prep for a work event tomorrow - but I signed up.

      Thanks for the heads-up!

      •  great. (0+ / 0-)

        If you know anyone personally who might be interested in attending, please, please forward this link to them, or call them.

        The organizer of the event told me that there should be quite a bit of local press there, and they are trying to get as many people present to learn about the local issues.  They are trying to put pressure on the board of supervisors to not allow the Diebold TsX machines in, and to put pressure on the State Legislature to get the SB1557 passed - It has been hanging on a thread of getting through evidently.

        l'shanah haba'ah bilasvegas

        by biscobosco on Thu Jun 15, 2006 at 12:28:00 PM PDT

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  •  I can't make it tonight, either (1+ / 0-)
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    but I'm going to sign up, too.

    I can't believe the Pima Cty Bd of Supervisors approved Diebold screens!  Gah!  Is there a way to stop this contract?  Is that one of the things this group is working on?

    Thanks for the info!

    "Nobody ever looks like Joe McCarthy. That's how they get in the door in the first place." - Toby Ziegler

    by iheartbooks on Thu Jun 15, 2006 at 01:25:55 PM PDT

    •  yes, they have approved them for use by disabled (0+ / 0-)

      But it is not clear yet whether they will be used as the exclusive means of early voting or not.

      it was a 3-2 vote, and they are reviewing for a month, so it is still possbible that one vote could be changed.

      I wish that Diebold would just make a device like the ESS automark, which prints an optical scan ballot. So there is an independent audit trail.

      I'm sorry, the little paper rolls dont cut it,because they are hard to read, and not independently counted.

      Then there would be an equivalent paper record to use in a recount or as an audit trail.

      l'shanah haba'ah bilasvegas

      by biscobosco on Thu Jun 15, 2006 at 02:08:41 PM PDT

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  •  Election Integrity (0+ / 0-)

    We discussed the  dkos Election Integrity yahoogroup at YearlyKos and here is the address

    Good to meet you and your husband.  Thanks for introducing us all to momster.

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    by gmoke on Tue Jun 20, 2006 at 10:24:23 AM PDT

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