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I Count Coalition Announces DC Lobby Days In Support of HR 550 PDF  | Print |  Email
By VoteTrustUSA   
February 23, 2006

VoteTrustUSA and other members of the I Count Coalition: Common Cause, Electronic Frontier Foundation, VerifiedVoting, VotersUnite, and Working Assests, have announced a Lobby Day event in support of HR 550, The Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act (HR 550). The Lobbys Days will take place on Thursday and Friday, April 6 and 7, in Washington D.C. 


HR 550 would require a voter verified paper record of every vote, establish mandatory random hand counted audits to verify the accuracy of electronic tallies, and prohibit the use of secret software and wireless communication devices in voting machines.


The recent change in leadership of the Committee on House Administration has created a new opportunity for passage of this vital election integrity measure. Previous Lobby Day events in June and August of 2005 were a huge success,generating 24 new cosponsors on the bill from both parties. Please join us in Washington DC April 6 and 7, to build even greater bipartisan support for this critical bill.


To sign up to take part in the Lobby Days and to find out more ways you can support HR 550 visit


Florida: County Petition Drive For Verifiable Elections PDF  | Print |  Email
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By Kindra MuntzSarasota Alliance for Fair Elections   
January 30, 2006
Is the public fully behind your efforts for verified voting?

County wide petition drives can get people motivated and change the law.  If you are in a home rule charter county, you may be able to put a referendum on the November, 2006 ballot to require voter verified paper ballots and mandatory random independent audits of election results. You must start soon.  This action can amend your county charter by a vote of the people.  Petition drives can energize the public, wake up our elected leaders, and give the force of law to our requirement for paper ballots and mandatory audits.

Sarasota County, Florida has launched just such a petition drive after crafting its petition over the past six months. (See Sarasota Petition) It is attached herewith. It defines voter verified paper ballots as the official record in all elections, and requires an audit of 5% of the precincts and 5% of all ballots cast in Early Voting, Absentee ballots, and Military and Overseas (UOCAVA) ballots.  It mandates use of optical scanners and paper ballots, or hand counted paper ballots, as opposed to the “paperless” touchscreen direct record electronic (DRE) voting machines we have now in Sarasota County.  It is unlikely our County would use hand counted paper ballots, but the precedent has been set for precinct based optical scanners in 52 out of 67 Florida counties and for central office optical scanners for absentee ballots in all 67 counties.

Key arguments for optical scanners are that they
1)    are used now in 52 out of 67 counties in Florida
2)    are 40% cheaper to operate year over year than DRE’s (see the Myerson report)
3)    utilize the voter verified paper ballot needed to ensure voter confidence in election results
The Story of North Carolina's Fight for Voter Verified Elections PDF  | Print |  Email
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By Tara Blomquist, NC Coalition for Verified Voting   
January 16, 2006
North Carolina Coalition for Verified Voting Celebrates Two Year Anniversary

Although the new millennium never produced the cataclysmic Y2K banking and business failures that where predicted by some, Americans where taken by surprise by the year 2000 election with reports of Florida¹s hanging chads, butterfly ballots and recounts that were halted by political operatives only to be handed off to the US Supreme Court, which shut down the counting for good in an unprecedented move. It was a bad year for democracy.

With only 51.3% of eligible voters casting ballots in 2000, confidence in the US voting systems was about to reach an all time low. Many of us were left with a disillusionment that became worse as  news of voting failures across the country where gradually reported.

In October 2002, The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) was passed, but without clearly standardized requirements by the federal government,  it unintentionally fueled a rush by states and localities to purchase equipment with serious security flaws from vendors that had never been looked at with any oversight and who represented 80% of voting machines made in this country.
Verified Voting Announces New President and CEO PDF  | Print |  Email
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By Verified Voting Foundation   
January 12, 2006
Verified Voting today announced the appointment of our new President and Chief Executive Officer, Courtenay Strickland Bhatia. Bhatia joins us after spending the last five years in Florida where she worked to protect the voting rights of Floridians in the wake of the 2000 election.

"Courtenay comes to us with a superb resume in the area of voting rights," said Verified Voting Founder David L. Dill, Stanford University Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering and a nationally recognized expert on systems verification. "Not only has she worked on a broad range of election reform issues and directed a grassroots-based public policy campaign, but she also co-founded one of the most successful local coalitions working in the area of voting systems reform and election verification. I have every confidence that with Courtenay's leadership, Verified Voting will make a vital contribution to the goal of achieving reliable and publicly verifiable elections."

Bhatia will officially take the helm of Verified Voting on February 27, 2006. She is currently the Voting Rights Project Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida. In that position, she has lobbied the Florida Legislature concerning post-2000 reforms, advocated against unnecessary restrictions on provisional balloting, and worked to increase access to the democratic process for voters in language minorities. She also currently serves as Public Relations Director for the League of Women Voters of Florida, and as a board member of the League of Women Voters of Miami-Dade.
Open Letter to the Election Assistance Commission PDF  | Print |  Email
By VoteTrustUSA   
December 30, 2005
The following letter was sent to the Election Assistance Commission and Brian Hancock, ITA Secretariat on January 5, 2006. To add your organization to the list of additional signers write to . Individuals are encouraged to send this letter as an email to the Election Assistance Commission by visiting the Email Action Page.

Commissioners, Election Assistance Commission and
Brian Hancock, ITA Secretariat
United States Election Assistance Commission
1225 New York Avenue N.W. Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005

We the undersigned request that the Federal Independent Testing Authority (ITA) who inspected, for federal qualification, the software used on Diebold Optical Scan and Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) voting machines be ordered to reinspect all source code, including any code used on memory cards, looking in particular for 'interpreted' code.

'Interpreted' code is expressly banned for use on any voting systems as per the 2002 Federal Election Commission Voting System Standards Volume 1; Section 4, Paragraph 4.2.2, yet Diebold Elections Systems Inc. has admitted, in California, that they use 'interpreted' code in their AccuBasic software and it may be used elsewhere in their code.

This revelation from Diebold representatives and from documents obtained through "Freedom Of Information Act" requests from various sources point to a failure on the part of the ITA to use due diligence in their inspection of Diebold source code and software.

It is because of this failure on the part of the ITA and Diebold's revelations that we ask that all Diebold software/source code be reinspected by the ITA. The ITA should then report publicly whether the software/source code includes any 'interpreted' code and if that is the case, as Diebold has admitted, the EAC must direct that all Diebold software be decertified until such time as they can show that they have removed all such prohibited software.

This action must not stop with the Diebold products alone, as there is ample evidence that other voting systems also contain 'interpreted' code.

It must be made clear that the Voting System Standards were written by experts in the field of computer sciences and elections. The ITA has been tasked with ensuring that the voting machine vendors follow those standards or be denied federal qualification. We demand that the rules be followed by everyone.

Original Signers

Arizona Citizens for Fair Elections
Broward Verified Voting (Florida)
California Election Protection Network
Citizens for Election Integrity (Minnesota)
Coalition for Peace Action (New Jersey)
Coloradoans for Voting Integrity
Count the Vote (Georgia)
(New Jersey)
Florida Fair Elections Coaliton
Gathering to Save Our Democracy (Tennesee)
GuvWurld (California)
Illinois Ballot Integrity Project
Illinois Ballot Integrity Project - DuPage Chapter
Las Vegas, NM Peace & Justice Center
Mercer County Citizens for Better Elections (Pennsylvania)
Missourians for Honest Elections - Kansas City
Missourians for Honest Elections - St. Louis
New Yorkers for Verified Voting
North Carolina Coalition for Verifiable Voting
Oregon Voter Rights Coalition
Palm Beach Coalition for Election Reform (Florida)
Scott for Congress Campaign (Illinois-6th)
United Voters of New Mexico
Verified Voting New Mexico
Virginia Verified Voting
VoterAction (New Mexico)
VoteRescue (Texas)
Zeese for U.S. Senate (Maryland)

Additonal Signers
Coalition for Voting Integrity (Pennsylvania)

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