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n 6/26/06, Kathy Dopp wrote:

Great News Everyone!

The US League of Women Voters at their Minneapolis June Summer Convention adopted a resolution that all voting systems should include voter-verifiable paper ballots which should be the official ballots and used in independent hand-counted audits of election results

Utah's League of Women Voters Executive Director, Sandy Peck, wrote this account (See item #4 on page #10):

http://www.lwvutah.org/voters/summer%20voter%202006.pdf

----------- BEGIN LWVUS RESOLUTION -----------

The LWV adopted a resolution on voter-verifiable paper ballots directing that the LWVUS position on Citizens' Right
to Vote be interpreted to affirm that LWVUS supports only voting systems

• that have a voter-verifiable paper ballot or other paper record that is the official record of the voter's
intent, that the voter can verify while in the process of voting;
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• that is used for audits and recounts;

• that can be used by an independent hand count to verify vote totals;

• that can be used in routine, published audits in randomly selected precincts in every election

-------- END LWVUS RESOLUTION ---------

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Utah's Utah's LWV Executive Director Sandy Peck seems, from her written comments, to agree with Utah's election officials' and Diebold's story-line. i.e. that guarding voting machines would prevent fraud and that independent audits (hand counts) to check electronic accuracy would be too inconvenient.

I have studied graduate level computer science and I trust what expert computer scientists say, so I am keenly aware that there are dozens of ways that votes could be manipulated right under our noses without raising any suspicion by simply inserting a memory card used to hold votes, or attaching to a voting machine or tabulator for less than a minute, etc. In the course of conducting elections, no one would even be aware that the election was tampered with without independent audits.

62% of delegates to the US LWV Summer Convention voted to put an end to unaudited US voting systems which currently give insiders utter freedom to tamper.

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