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Velvet Revolution Calls on CA Secretary of State to Investigate Prop 8 Vote!

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Voters are asked to submit complaints to Secretary of State


Also: VR offers $100K reward for info leading to arrest and conviction of election fraud affecting the outcome of Prop 8

When a government runs our elections on electronic voting systems that are known to be faulty, error prone, and easily manipulated, systems that repeatedly fail to record and report election results correctly, the public has good reason to be skeptical of the announced results.

If you're unfamiliar with these issues, please see these examples of voting machine problems:


This skepticism is alive regarding Proposition 8, the California initiative revoking marriage equality that was announced to have passed in the November 4 election. We support the lawsuits challenging Prop 8 on legal grounds. We simultaneously call for Secretary of State Debra Bowen to initiate an investigation into the results of the Proposition 8 election, based on concerns raised by voters, election monitors and election integrity advocates.

In order for Bowen to investigate problems that may have affected the outcome of Proposition 8 or other election results, her office must receive Election Complaint Forms from California registered voters as soon as possible, as final election returns are to be submitted by December 9th and the results will be certified on December 13th.

Problems voting or problems with any other part of the election process are cause for complaint, including registration difficulties, peculiar instructions from elections staff including pollworkers, machine breakdowns, voter intimidation, and lack of required disability access. If you experienced or witnessed issues that may have affected the proper casting or tabulating of votes, we strongly encourage you to file a complaint. Similar complaints may be combined in a joint investigation by Bowen's office. The more personally-witnessed and well-documented complaints we can get to her, the better.

We ask that anyone who has bona fide information relevant to such an investigation send it to Debra Bowen's office by Monday, November 24, 2008 if at all possible, so that an investigation can be launched immediately. Please use the official complaint form, which is available for download in several languages, and follow the outlined procedure. See below for more information about filing complaints. If you cannot submit your complaint by Monday, November 24, please turn it in as soon after that date as possible.

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We ask that you email a copy of the complaint to us as well at info(at) ( is a project of Velvet Revolution.)

Of course, we also encourage people to submit complaints to their local and state elections officials about any election irregularities they can document, regardless of where they occur or which campaign or issue they may affect. We the People demand accountability in our elections systems and a true basis for confidence in the election results.

Last week, Velvet Revolution called on Californians to monitor the post-election "canvass" procedures at their local elections offices. Dozens of you responded and have been hard at work documenting election irregularities. We thank you for your hard and important work and encourage you to file complaints as well, if you have observed improper procedures or other questionable activities.

Velvet Right today announced a $100K reward for information leading to arrest and conviction for election fraud related to Proposition 8. VR's tipline for election fraud whistleblowers can be reached at 1-888-VOTE-TIP.


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Emily Levy is a long-time social change activist much of whose work now focuses on election integrity in the U.S. Emily leads workshops and coaches individuals and small groups on "Transforming Good Intentions into Powerful Social Action." Emily (more...)

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