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> Have you heard about the outrageous electronic voting machine meltdown in > Florida? Voting machines in Sarasota appear to have lost 18,000 votes for > Congress--and the outcome of the race is down to fewer than 400 votes [1]. > > On these electronic voting machines, there's no way to recover the missing > votes short of holding another election. Our friends at Voter Action, a > legal election watchdog, just announced a lawsuit to get to the bottom of > the missing votes--and to get a re-vote. But they don't have the funds to > see it all the way through. They need our help. > > Can you chip in $50 or $35 to make sure the truth comes to light in > Florida? > > > This is our best chance yet to highlight the nationwide problems with > paperless electronic voting. Legal action can make lots of new information > about the inside workings of electronic voting machines public. Voter > Action is joining forces with People for the American Way Foundation, the > ACLU of Florida, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Common Cause to > pursue a new vote. > > Ironically, the voters of Sarasota approved a measure requiring paper > ballots in this same election [2]. But the paper backup didn't arrive in > time for thousands of voters whose votes seem to have disappeared into the > ether. > > The House seat up for grabs is the one vacated by Katherine Harris, the > Florida secretary of state who helped Bush win the 2000 election. Democrat > Christine Jennings is just 368 votes behind Republican Vern Buchanan--and > the county where the machines failed is home to her strongest support [3]. > > The Democratic Party is also fighting hard to make sure Christine Jennings > is the next member of Congress from Sarasota, Florida. But win or lose, > the non-partisan Voter Action lawsuit will help make our elections secure > and accurate for decades to come. > > You can support the Florida voting machine lawsuit at: > > > Thanks you for all you do--and happy Thanksgiving! > > --Noah, Tom, Ilyse, Eli, Carrie, and the whole Political Action > Team > Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006 > > Sources: > 1. "Did voting machines steal a Democratic victory?," Salon, November 22, > 2006 > > > 2. "Sarasota County voters prefer paper ballots," Sarasota Herald-Tribune, > November 8, 2006 > > > 3. "House May End Up in 13th District Feud," The Ledger, November 9, 2006 > > PAID FOR BY MOVEON.ORG POLITICAL ACTION, > Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. >
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