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Voting Integrity Advocates and the Magic Lasso of Truth

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Federal efforts at election reform have turned voting integrity advocates into one big collective Wonder Woman. As the Feds lob one complexity-laden bill after another, we hold our fists high, fearlessly deflecting each assault with our magic bracelets.

More computerized, paperless voting machines? Ping!

More federally certified secret vote counting technologies? Ping! Ping!

More vote counting control by the White House? Ping! Ping! Ping!

How about a little new expensive, privatized, opaque technology to further obscure the vote count? Ping! Ping! Ping! Ping!

But we can't beat this thing through deflection. It's time to tighten up our Wonder Bra, grab a hold of our golden lasso of truth, and let loose a hearty reckoning of reality. Time to drop a big old nuclear bomb of American idealism and values, Constitutionalism, and historical democratic Republicanism on the Washington superfiends of legislative perversion.

The truth behind the movement afoot in Washington, D.C. is that they aim to completely transform American elections. Congress and the White House - in quiet collusion with private interests - seek to turn our time honored Constitutional design for voting- a simple, straightforward mechanism that allows our citizenry to control our government - on its head.

They seek to transform it into a mechanism by which the government controls the citizenry.

Voting integrity advocates need to lock our lasso around this truth, smack it to the ground, and understand this profound power shift and all of its ramifications. Only then will we find our way to victory.

The "turn our Constitutional Republic on its head" movement in Washington began with the false flag "hanging chad" crisis in Florida Election 2000, which was used to convince Americans that our elections were in such crisis that it warranted federal intervention.

The US Constitution wisely endowed States with the power of election administration. Wisely, because only a fool would design a system of government in which the elected governing bodies control the mechanism that keeps them in power or tosses them out on their behinds. And our Constitutional Framers were no fools.

The hanging chad false flag, allowed Congress to invoke the "elections clause", using the constitutional waiver to intervene in our elections. They used Florida 2000 to enact the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), spinning the story into gold for the computerized voting industry, sending billions of American taxpayer dollars into the privatized coffers of secret vote counting barons. HAVA framed this as the need to make our voting systems more "accessible" to the disability and minority language communities.

(Yes, we have figured out by now that Florida 2000 had nothing to do with accessibility in voting, but tell that to the folks in Washington who passed this thing.)

HAVA spun a new paradigm like fine golden wool pulled right over our eyes: the paradigm of "verifiable voting."

This paradigm transforms our Constitutional right to vote to an opportunity to "verify" our vote. Verifiable voting enables computerized voting. We can “verify” that our vote, when cast and counted by a computer, is as we intended it to be. Computerized voting, we are told, allows the disabled and minority language populations greater voting "access." And even though privatized computers with secret vote counting technology violates our Constitutional rights to free, fair, and open elections, it's okay, because, heck, we all have the opportunity to verify what the computer is doing!

Having established the new paradigm of opportunity to verify instead of right to vote, shifting power from the voter to the voting system, Congress and the White House now seek to expand upon their delicious new power structure.

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Nancy Tobi is best known as a national leader in the voting rights movement for her seminal work exposing the dangers and fallacies in various election reform efforts past, present and future. Nancy is co-founder and former Chair of Democracy for (more...)
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this is a great article. you throw down the gauntl... by Joan Brunwasser on Sunday, Jul 22, 2007 at 8:46:40 PM
The Republican Party has gerry rigged our Democrac... by Falconer on Monday, Jul 23, 2007 at 2:26:14 AM
 Governor Crist made sure that they could sti... by Chuck Garner on Monday, Jul 23, 2007 at 6:02:33 PM
Crist is making sure that paper ballots are put ba... by Nancy Tobi on Monday, Jul 23, 2007 at 6:53:52 PM
Nancy writes: "The US Constitution wisely end... by Michael Green on Tuesday, Jul 24, 2007 at 11:28:29 AM