As you may know, it's very possible that we will be losing the most essential part of what it means to live in a democracy: the integrity of our vote. How this is coming about is mind-numbingly ludicrous, almost beyond comprehension. Because of one nterpretation of the, perhaps well-intentioned but very misguided, Help America Vote Act (HAVA), government officials are trying to foist electronic voting machines on us. Machines that break down, have huge security issues, can switch your vote without your realizing it, have no paper ballots to assure the accuracy of your choice, and absolutely no ability to provide recounts or audits should questions arise later about election results. They also cost millions of dollars, and won't last more than a few years. Our own Government Accountability Office even concludes there are major problems Don't you agree it is outrageous that they are even being considered? It would seem a very bad joke if it weren't so serious!
What is happening is a complete violation of our voting rights, because no one should be forced to vote on such insecure machines.
We need to do something, and do it fast. Tell every citizen you can, of every political stripe, about this crazy situation. We believe there isn't greater outrage because people just don't know about what's happening, or think there is little they can do. Not so! We are working on many fronts, and, with your help, there's a very good chance we can turn this around. What we need to do immediately is go to court and get an injunction to delay implementation of HAVA as well as challenge the standards used to certify electronic voting machines. That will give us precious more time to get the best voting system to insure every citizen's vote
We in the Coalition for Voting Integrity have been fighting for nothing less than a Voter Verified Paper Ballot system. Pennsylvania is a keystone state with critical elections in 2006. And while this fight has particular urgency for Pennsylvania, because not one certified machine currently has any type of paper audit, the repercussions of this will resonate throughout the entire nation. So our legal fights will be fought at the federal level. Stopping this erosion of our voice in government is of incalculable importance!
We in the CVI have been fighting this so far mostly with our own personal funds, but need substantially more money for the court battles to come.
PLEASE DONATE TO OUR LEGAL FUND. Please send whatever you can--$10, $20, $30, $50. Any amount you can give will bring us one step closer to rolling back the undermining of our vote. Please pass this letter to others. Your support will have an immediate impact. Checks made payable to "Coalition for Voting Integrity" can be mailed to CVI, PO Box 536, Doylestown, PA 18901. Or you can donate online at our website
www.coalitionforvotingintegrity.org. In addition, anyone with legal skills or expertise to donate and aid our lawyer on these cases would be greatly appreciated! Please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would love for you to join us. Don't think you can't make a difference, because you really can! Go to our website to find out what is possible, what we're doing, and learn more about this vital issue for our democracy. Democracy begins with the integrity of our vote and ends without it. Let's take back what is ours-the power of our vote-before it is snatched away from us!