Thu, 30 March 2006
I got this email from True Majority, an organization dedicated to placing the power of the United States government where it belongs: in the hands of everyday citizens like you and me. That is what democracy is, after all, and one very important facet of a democratic government is the existence of free and fair elections.
I encourage all my listeners to sign this online petition which will be given to the Congress to show the amount of support that exists for making sure that questionable vote outcomes like those in 2000 and 2004 are a thing of the past.
Remember that the world will change when we are ready to change it. This is one way we can do it.
Movement for Honest Elections Grows in Congress
There's a bill in Congress that would set the "gold standard" for honest elections. Sign a petition supporting it today.
For two years, TrueMajority members have been leading the fight for honest, accountable ballot technology in American elections. The "Computer Ate My Vote" campaign has generated hundreds of thousands of messages, letters to the editor, and news stories. Now, the tide is turning toward victory.
Twenty-seven states now require voter-verified paper trails to ensure an accurate recount if there is a question about the outcome of an election. In Congress, Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) has introduced legislation (HR 550 Ã?Â¢?? The Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act) that has the bipartisan support of more than one-third of the House of Representatives and has been called the "gold standard" by good-government groups across the country.
To sign the petition to make sure your representatives support HR 550 and voter-verified paper ballots, click here:
Rep. Holta's bill was stalled in committee for two years by Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH), chairman of the Committee on House Administration. Mr. Ney resigned as chairman in January after being subpoenaed in the Jack Abramoff case.
Now that hearings will be held on HR 550, Congress needs to hear from you that Americans want clean elections we can depend on. The sooner our representatives hear from you, the more likely they will be to act quickly and the better chance we will have of there being verified votes across America for the midterm elections in November.
If you're a TrueMajority member, click "Reply" and "Send" to take action. If you're not a member, click the link below to sign the petition:
With an important mid-term election approaching, it's vital that we bring more people into the verified voting movement. Please forward this to anyone you know who cares about honest elections.
Thanks for your dedication to fair elections,
Matt Holland TrueMajority Online Director
Here's the text of the petition:
On September 19, 2005, the Commission on Federal Election Reform co-chaired by President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James Baker issued its Final Report. The Report, among other things, called on Congress to enact legislation requiring both a voter verified paper ballot of every vote and routine random audits to check the accuracy of electronic voting.
Voting integrity activists who have been championing this cause for several years are pleased that the Commission confirmed the need for this critical security measure. However, the report also recommends that the status of the voter verified paper ballot should be determined by states rather than mandated as the ballot of record nationwide. This means that any individual state can decide to disregard the only record that the voter has confirmed in favor of the record inside the electronic machine and make the voter verified paper ballot a meaningless and expensive placebo. In addition, the report suggests that pre-election machine "audits" may also be acceptable. Such audits would constitute simply another pre-election machine test, and should not be confused with meaningful independent audits of actual election results.
Rep. Rush Holt's Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act (HR 550) will, however, mandate an effective and meaningful voter-verified paper record and independent audit requirements. It already has the bipartisan support of 1/3 of the House of Representatives, and has been endorsed by VoteTrustUSA and VerifiedVoting.org as the "gold standard" in verifiability legislation. Not only would it mandate a voter verified paper record for every vote cast, it would also:
(1) establish a mandatory uniform national standard that states that the voter verified paper ballot -- the only record verified by the voter rather than the voting machine -- is the vote of record in the case of any inconsistency with electronic records;
(2) provide Federal funding to pay for implementation of voter verified paper balloting;
(3) require a percentage of mandatory manual (by hand count) random audits of actual election results in every state, and in each county, for every Federal election;
(4) prohibit the use at any time of undisclosed software, wireless communication devices, and internet connections in voting machines;
(5) require full implementation by 2006; and
(6) protect the accessibility mandates of the Help America Vote Act.
The language in this bill was carefully written with input from computer scientists, disabilities organizations, and election reform advocates. It should be passed as written and in time to protect the 2006 elections.
There are many politically contentious election reform issues mentioned in the report but making sure that votes are counted accurately is not one of them. Elections are the foundation of a representative democracy, and representative democracy lives or dies based on the integrity of its elections. HR 550 will help restore voters' confidence and ensure the accuracy and integrity of America's elections.
We urge you to pass HR 550 as written immediately.
(end of email)
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:33pm EDT
Thu, 30 March 2006
Spring is finally here in Bay City, and the skates have come out of the trunk! I've skated every day since Sunday, and I am getting better, but there is much room for improvement.
In today's episode, I discuss the second basic Unity principle, which I think follows logically from the first principle.
Special shoutout to Tom of the Deep Fabulousity podcast. I reported last week that Tom was part of the Rainbow Podsquad Network, but that was not true as of last Friday. Tom's podcast is available at his website, www.deepfabulousity.com, and you can subscribe via iTunes.
As always, comments are welcome. Visit my webpage at thatbluejeansguy.libsyn.com, where you can leave me a written comment under the episode entry or send me a voice message via Odeo.
Also, visit my Frappr map by clicking on the button on the site.
Intro music "Deep Cycle Discharge" by Simon James and Derek K. Miller (podcast.penmachine.com).
Special music "Common Ground" by David Ippolito, a.k.a, That Guitar Man From Central Park (He's also a David, and begins his nickname with "That"...I swear I didn't plagiarize from him! LOL) www.thatguitarman.com
Outro music "Power Inside" by EL84 (www.el84rocks.com).
Direct download: Episode_7-The_Second_Basic_Unity_Principle.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:01pm EDT