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Posted by emlev in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Fri Jul 07th 2006, 12:32 PM
Bold Election Justice stand MUST be taken. We're drawing A Line in the Sand. And we need your help to keep the tide from washing it away.

You've likely heard by now that our country's most hackable electronic voting machines were sent home with volunteer pollworkers in the days and weeks leading to San Diego County's June 6 Congressional runoff election. the machines became immediately uncertified, therefore illegal for use in the election. However, voting took place as planned.

Despite there being no way to determine who actually won the election, short of counting the paper ballots and paper trails, Brian Bilbray (R) was declared the winner and sworn into office.

Sound like democracy to you? It doesn't to leaders in the election integrity movement, either.

Statements of No Confidence have been issued in the San Diego Busby/Bilbray election by BradBlog, Progressive Democrats of America, California Election Protection Network, Velvet Revolution, Commonweal and the Election Defense Alliance and other groups. Lou Dobbs and conservative talk show host Roger Hitchcock have added their voices, as have Jeeni Crescenzo, John Bonifaz, Clint Curtis and more. (You can read them all here.) All are calling for a hand count of the paper ballots and paper trails. Several DUers are key organizers.

Timelines are very tight for the few legal methods of calling elections into question. While we're all working hours and hours without pay, we need to raise money for legal fees. Specifically, we need $10,000 by Monday July 10 to retain our attorney.

DU, you've done it before and we're counting on you to do it again. An amount this small for a cause so important should be easy for this committed group of over 90,000! Velvet Revolution (a group started by DUers) is accepting donations on our behalf. Please give what you can this very minute by clicking here.

Those of us who are working long hours without pay to drag our democracy up the beach and attempt to revive it depend on occasional support like this-in dollars and words-to keep us going. Please, let us know you're there, you appreciate our work, and that you'll do what you can to help.

Please post a reply to this thread, saying a few words about why this is important to you and/or what more you'd like to do to help. Then contact your friends and ask them to do the same. It'll take you a few minutes and makes you part of a plan that's critical to the greater fight for electoral justice and true democracy.

Remember: San Diego was and remains a test case for the November elections. If we allow fatal compromise of the laws protecting our elections to go unchallenged, we can count on seeing more of it-multiplied thousandfold-in every state come November. Momentum is building to toss out the electronic voting machines. Government officials are our employees, not our bosses. Arise and Supervise!



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