IN HONOR OF THE AMERICAN DEMOCRATIC STRUGGLE 

 
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"If there is no struggle, there is no progress. 
Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle."  

 -- Frederick Douglas

 


Why demand hand-counted paper ballot elections?

American elections have been privatized, corporatized, and computerized. Our votes are now counted in the concealed "black box" programming of private companies, unaccountable to the public.

Taking control of the mechanism of elections is one of the most effective, non-violent acts we can undertake to restore democratic accountability in our system.

Points to remember:

  • Millions faced persecution, imprisonment, torture and death, to win the right to vote. They won that for us.

  • Casting a ballot is meaningless unless the ballot is accurately counted with all other ballots.

  • We cannot witness a computerized vote count. 

  • Today, over 90% of American ballots are counted electronically, in secret, by a handful of private corporations.

  • Key players in voting machine companies have criminal records and ties to extremist political and religious groups.

  • Investigators have compiled evidence of secret vote manipulation inside the computer's "black box." 

  • The corporate mainstream American media has maintained a long-standing blackout on this subject.

  • Elections administrators, Secretaries of State, and Justice Department officials, have refused to take appropriate action.

  • Election officials who support the use of privatized computers and concealed vote counting are abdicating their responsibility to oversee the safety of a transparent, public count.

  • Any movement for democratic reform must address the reality of our co-opted voting system.

 


RESOURCES

Elements of a Hand Counted Paper Ballot (HCPB) Election

Frequently Asking Questions on Voting Technology

How to Count Paper Ballots, by Theresa Hommel

Voting by Paper Ballots and Hand Counts -- Resources from Lynn Landes

County-by-County Voting System Database

The Humbolt County Election Transparency Project

TEV Systems -- generate electronic ballot images, easy accurate counts

 

BOOKS

While We Still Have Time: The Perils Of Electronic Voting Machines And Democracy's Solution: Publicly Observed, Secure Hand-Counted Paper Ballots (HCPB) Elections 
-- Sheila Parks Ed.D.

Hands-On Elections:An Informational Handbook for Running Real Elections  
-- Nancy Tobi

 

  

 

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