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Dear Duncans,

In primaries in Ohio, Maryland, California and numerous states across this nation, Electronic Voting Machines have caused serious problems at the polls, resulting in long lines, voters turned way from their polling places, and uncounted or miscounted votes. We must act now to ensure that every eligible voter can cast a ballot that counts on November 7.

Because our representatives in Washington are not addressing this threat to our democracy, netroots activists have drafted the Let America Vote Act: Emergency Paper Ballot Mandate of 2006.

This simple piece of proposed legislation mandates every voting jursidiction make available emergency paper ballots for the November 7, 2006 general election. These paper ballots will not be provisional ballots but regular ballots. They can be used by any voter who requests one - and will be used by every voter in the event of voting machine failure. These emergency paper ballot votes must be counted immediately upon the close of polls.

Congress will finish all pre-election work on Friday. Write your Representatives today!


Any other paper ballot initiatives posters are aware of will be great to link to. We can work our butts off, but if Rovianism works its wretched magic yet again, November can still be wrested from our grasp.

Originally posted to 4Freedom on Tue Sep 26, 2006 at 09:14 AM PDT.


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  •  I propose the following election/ballot system (0+ / 0-)

    in each polling place, there should be  the following polling station equipment 1 PC and 1 printer per polling booth. The PC should have a touch screen and it should go through a normal process of filling out the appropriate ballot for the princinct.
    The voter goes into the booth to fillout the ballot. Once the ballot is filled out. The software should validate with the voter that the choices were as the voter intended and then print out a ballot with the boxes neatly filled in for the candidate/position of choice.  
    Now we have an auditable artifact that is easy to mass defraud.  So we add a very simple validation step. The voter takes the ballot up to the Republican and Democratic judges who place a stamp on the back of the ballot indicating that this is a valid ballot.

    Then the ballot is placed in a box for counting later.  The voting place could be equiped with a scanner that would allow for easy counting or not.

    No tricked up ballots, no hanging chads, very difficult to stuff the ballot box, and relatively cheap. Plus, it is really easy to create ballots in every language known to man at minimal cost.

    An observer from a blue state hoping to earn my bloody knuckles.

    by Dave from Oregon on Tue Sep 26, 2006 at 09:28:11 AM PDT

  •  Oh great (0+ / 0-)

    Crisis management and a last-minute attempt to slap a bandaid on a problem that's been staring them in the face for years now.  Just the kind of "leadership" this country needs.

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