Monday, December 21, 2009 Rough week for NY's constitution: Help ETC turn it around!
We have worked so hard on this critically important case that we were unwilling to proceed with attorneys who had failed us so miserably.We're searching for a new law firm and have some promising leads, but it's too soon to know if any of them will pan out.If you are an attorney who might help us,or have leads for us,please contact us immediately.We remain determined to do everything in our power to challenge the constitutiona
Tuesday, September 15, 2009(2 comments)
Must watch Video: State Makes Best Case for NY's Existing Voting System!
I write to bring you up to date on the activities of the Election Transparency Coalition (ETC) to keep our safe transparent lever voting machines in New York State. If you have time for nothing else, please watch and circulate this short video, “It's Time to Take a Stand for our Democracy” at: http://nylevers.wordpress.com/
Saturday, July 18, 2009 New York's New Voting System Renders Voting a Useless Formality: Nullifying the Consent of the Governed
If every critical step of the election is not subject to contemporaneous public scrutiny than voting is a "useless formality." If any step is exclusively controlled by the government, then the "recorded will of the people may ...be thwarted by the errors or frauds"
of those with unobserved access. So says NY's highest court: which means NY's new law was declared unconstitutional 111 years ago.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009 Save our Levers- Immediate Action Requested
Keep those resolutions in support of the levers coming! Yesterday Schuyler County became the 4th county to pass a unanimous resolution to save our levers.That's 4 counties plus the Association of Towns resolution! Thanks to those of you who wrote or called Schuyler County- see what a little effort can produce? If we keep spreading the word we'll get there.Here are a few simple things you can do to help! Not just for NYers!
Monday, March 2, 2009 NYC meeting on March 4th! Save the Levers!
Since the passage of HAVA,Teresa Hommel has been a tireless leader in the fight for voter-marked paper ballots in New York as an alternative to direct recording electronic(DRE -- usually touch screen) voting machines that lack a reliable voter-verified paper trail.But now she has concluded that the state should keep its current manually operated voting system. Because it's too expensive to make the switch & do it right.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 Save NY's lever machines!
Please take action to save the last transparent, theft-deterring state-wide voting system in the country. If we can pressure NYS's government to resist the federal government's plan to spend billions of taxpayers dollars for inaccurate, inaccessible, unauditable, unreliable voting equipment that counts our votes in secret, we can be a beacon to the nation.
Sunday, February 1, 2009 What are you willing to do to save the last transparent voting system in the US?
Stand up&say NO to replacing our reliable transparent lever voting system with a concealed software-based system that denies our constitutional right to a secure vote &will cost us millions over and above the money the federal government has allotted.In this economic crisis,when the State's finances are frozen,the counties"" which means the citizens-should not be told to pay millions for something we don't want & don't need.
Friday, January 30, 2009(2 comments)
The Last Transparent Democratic Electoral System in the United States of America Cannot Be Allowed to Perish
How can NY's law say "it is essential to the maintenance of a democratic society that the public business be performed in an open and public manner and that the citizens ... observe the performance of public officials" & then blindfold those very public election officials so no one can observe software's invisible vote count. Before it's gone, read what NY has had for 232 years & decide what your democracy is worth to you.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 My fabulous voting experience in New York: We owe it to the Nation to not let this be our last.
I have never been more elated to vote than I was yesterday.Since the theft of the 2004 elections I have devoted my waking&sleeping hours to fighting the evil that has been let loose at the hands of computerized vote counting systems.Evil may seem a strong word in our polite society,but I use it as a legal term.NY's case law is replete with safeguards designed to protect the integrity of our elections by guarding vs the evil
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 There's No Place Like Home: Plan L for NY Elections
The State Board of Elections struggles to do the impossible when the possible and best solution for transparent, safe, reliable elections is right at home: Plan "L" - our Lever Voting System
Thursday, August 7, 2008 Overview: Why New York's Legislature's Plan to Computerize Our Electoral System Is Unconstitutional
The success of New York's electoral system has depended on the ability to see how our votes are counted. We cannot see how optical scanners or DREs count our votes. We cannot see malicious coding that steals our vote and erases itself. Software-driven voting machines expose the results to known and new risks of unprotectable fraud. Petition the Court to declare computerized voting in NY unconstitutional.
Thursday, July 17, 2008(1 comments)
Lever Lawsuit Gears Up; "Stealing America" Premiers Aug. 1st
NY gears up for the battle of mechanical levers vs. software driven voting systems. Sequoia's software suffers a statewide failure of 50%; and an 85% failure rate in Nassau County. But NY proceeds with Eyes Wide Shut. Why reject software? See "Stealing America, Vote by Vote," premiering in NYC on August 1st.
Monday, July 7, 2008 EYES WIDE SHUT: New Yorkers Struggle for the Soul of Democracy
"The infuriating frustration dealing with a "voting industry [that] sells crap", as NYS BOE Commissioner Kellner aptly described the problem, has finally come to NYS. What rational thinking New Yorker would want to trade our reliable, well-made theft-deterring lever voting machines for unreliable, theft-inviting, crappy software-driven machines?
Tuesday, May 6, 2008 New Blog Website to Keep NYers Informed on How to Prevent Stolen Elections
When software counts your vote- how do you know your vote was counted?It really is that basic.People,if you ask them this question,will tell you that they assume the software is tested or someone is making sure that the machines are doing what we're being told they're supposed to be doing- which is to count our votes accurately.We know that's not true. The evidence is all there,but is being ignored.It reminds me of smoking...
Monday, March 31, 2008 Why We Must Speak Out
New York is the only state not to purchase computerized voting systems. Despite the scientific evidence condemning software driven systems in the electoral process, NY's legislature is moving forward to buy them. These are my reasons for filing suit, and for urging all citizens to write our legislators and Governor. A recent 3-month hack into Hannaford Supermarket exposed 4.2 million credit cards to fraud.
Saturday, March 15, 2008(1 comments)
Open letter to NY citizens, election workers and election commissioners
I will pursue litigation to challenge the state legislation and hope that our judicial system will rise to the occasion.Courts never like to find statutes unconstitutional,but this is our system of checks and balances and when a legislature behaves as carelessly as to permit the removal of our safeguarded electoral system, only to force its replacement with a highly vulnerable system,then it is to the courts we must turn.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008 From Siegelman to Spitzer
Stolen elections are part of a larger plan and computerized elections are part of that plan.Media consolidation is another essential piece of the plan.This is what corporatism, otherwise known as fascism,looks like. This is the time to speak out!Once again I ask,why are Democrats the target of these investigations?Where the hell is Congress?When will these police-state tactics be enough?Or do we just wait for brown shirts to
Tuesday, March 11, 2008(9 comments)
Spitzer's Sting, Stolen Elections and the DOJ
Scott Horton has been connecting the dots, covering Siegelman and now Spitzer and the fired US Attorneys. Eliminating your political opposition is bad enough. But seizing ultimate lock down control by taking over the process by which we are supposed to elect that opposition raises the stakes to a new level. "First they came..."
Saturday, January 26, 2008 Sunday, 1/27, Poughkeepsie, NY- You can prevent our elections from being stolen
WHAT WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO DO IF YOU KNEW YOUR RIGHT TO YOUR VOTE WAS BEING TAKEN FROM YOU?THIS IS A RIGHT SO PRECIOUS,MANY HAVE DIED FOR IT.
WE DON'T HAVE TO GIVE OUR LIVES,BUT WE DO NEED TO GIVE OUR TIME
THIS SUNDAY- TOMORROW, JANUARY 27TH, 2:00 pm,THE MUDDY CUP,305 MAIN ST, POUGHKEEPSIE, NY.LEARN HOW YOU CAN PREVENT THE THEFT OF OUR DEMOCRACY.
Thursday, January 10, 2008(2 comments)
SIGN UP TO TAKE BACK OUR ELECTIONS THE "I COUNT" CORPS
It is time for us to take back control of our elections. Machines have shown themseleves to be unreliable and vulnerable to tampering. The unexplainable discrepancies between polling and the official count have only risen in proportion to the use of computers in our elections
Thursday, January 10, 2008(22 comments)
Alarms Should Go Off Whenever the Discrepancies Between the "Official" Results and the Polls Can't Be Explained
In all other countries we understand that when the "official" results are so different from the polling results, the "official" results must be questioned. But in the past 6 years which have seen the rise of computerized voting the U.S. insists its "official" results are sacred so the polling results must be rejected and with it the forensic evidence that would reveal the rotten electoral system of computerized voting
Wednesday, January 9, 2008(1 comments)
Thanks to the amici and all in the federal action: DOJ v NYS.
The fight in New York must go on- We cannot settle for computerized voting on DREs or Optical Scanners. NY has not yet committed its HAVA millions to failed voting systems. Now is the time to stop them from selling off our votes to the vendors.
Saturday, November 17, 2007(2 comments)
The "People's Lawyer" Should Defend the People's Interest in Elections: Hand Counted Elections
Since elections belong to the people, it is time to stop treating them as the domain of the legislature, or the Board of Elections or anyone besides those to whom the elections must be accountable. If the people can't see that their elections are accurately counted, there is no democracy. Computers prevent the people from being in control of their elections.
Saturday, November 17, 2007 Action Alert: Keep the heat on NY to reject computerized voting
We need to keep writing in favor of elections the people can see and verify and understand with their own eyes. Would you accept a guy who takes all your votes, goes in a back room, comes out later and announces who won? Would you just trust him? Then resist these computers in New York.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007 Please Write to NY NOW: Samples included
I share all this because I am hoping it will inspire or assist you in also writing to the papers in NY too.As I've said we've turned straw into gold.Last Tuesdaythe DOJ moved to force NY to buy existing machines and ignore NY's testing certification and escrow laws.By Wednesday the papers started writing about hand counting for the first time in NY.I need you to help keep up this drum roll.What happens in NY can affect all
Sunday, November 11, 2007(1 comments)
The Department of Justice v. New York State v. The Citizens of New York
There are no DREs nor optical scanners which aren't capable of being rigged without detection. NYS officials want to buy these machines anyway, but first it wants to run testing certification on them. The DOJ wants New York to buy these machines now, untested. The people want a reliable means to vote and know their vote was accurately counted. Why isn't anyone protecting the elections in NY? HAND COUNT PAPER BALLOTS
Saturday, November 3, 2007 the Real ID Act: It IS Happening Here
Many of us had applauded Gov.Spitzer's courage in standing up to fear mongering and racism.But in a "stunning betrayal" the same governor who earlier this month assured us that "No amount of hysterical rhetoric will prevent us from doing what is right" didn't just cave to hysteria- he sold his soul and ours to the criminal regime that stole the last two elections and has systematically the destroyed checks and balances...
Thursday, October 11, 2007(3 comments)
WHO'LL STOP THE TRAIN (WRECK)? Reject Theft-Enabling Voting Computers
Government's Primary Responsibility Is to Secure and Protect Our Rights: So Why Is New York State Still Considering Purchasing Voting Machines Which Have Been Exposed as Incapable of Securing a Fair Election? RECALL COMPUTERIZED VOTING MACHINES
Wednesday, August 1, 2007 Elections Belong To The People: No One Can Conceal Our Right To Know How Our Votes are Counted
HEADLINES: FROM NOW ON ALL VOTE COUNTING IN THE UNITED STATES WILL BE DONE IN SECRET. ALL CITIZENS ARE PROHIBITED FROM KNOWING HOW THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE COUNTING THEIR VOTES
Well that's not exactly what happened. It's actually worse. Even the government in most cases doesn't know how the votes are being counted. Sometimes a few government officials are let in on the secret so long as they agree not to tell the people.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007(1 comments)
OUR WORST NIGHTMARE IS OUR REALITY
Imagine if you woke up tomorrow morning to read:
IN THE INTERESTS OF NATIONAL SECURITY THE 2008 ELECTIONS WILL BE COUNTED IN SECRET. NO CITIZEN WILL BE PERMITTED TO KNOW HOW THE COUNTING IS DONE OR WHO IS DOING IT. THE "OFFICIAL" RESULTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AND THERE WILL BE NO WAY TO VERIFY THEM.
Just think, then they wouldn't have to cancel the elections under false pretense.
Imagine if this was only a nightmare.
Monday, July 30, 2007(8 comments)
A Publicly Owned and Controlled Voting System Ensuring Transparency and Oversight by the People or Nothing
THE SECRET'S OUT: All of the voting machines made by the conventional vendors are too unsafe to be used in democratic elections. New York hasn't yet bought one of these theft-enabling voting systems and still has time to consider that in a democracy the election process must be as open and transparent and accountable to the people as the government selected by the process is supposed to be.
Thursday, July 12, 2007 Avante's (Not Very Good) Offer to New York Voters
Comply with the law, or take your business elsewhere is an excellent response to a vendor who essentially said to New York - take my business on my terms or we vendors may not want to do business with you, New York. Avante has recently popped up in the news because of its coincidental proximity & coziness with NJ Rep. Rush Holt and the piles of taxpayer cash and jobs they may rake in if HR 811 as currently written is passed.
Monday, July 2, 2007 Everything You Need to Take Action Against Election Theft in New York
On June 1, 2007 a forum on election theft, The Future of Democracy in the Current American Electoral System, was attended by 400 people at SUNY New Paltz, N.Y. The following was prepared so that those of you, who now know that elections can, have and will be stolen, can take action. While this is geared for New Yorkers, all can use this information in the other states as well.
Monday, July 2, 2007(2 comments)
Secret Vote Counting and Corporate Proprietary Rights Have No Place in American Elections
Secret proprietary rights of corporations have no place in American elections- the mechanism by which a self-governing people preserve their independence.
Once the government enters into non disclosure agreements with private corporations- to control and count our sacred ballots- the public is quite literally cut out of its own election process.
Sunday, June 24, 2007 Hold your local new media accountable!
Poughkeepsie Journal snubs election forum: New Yorkers need this critical information before the Legislature permits the same anti-American secret vote counting by private corporations to become the law in the state. It's hard to imagine what part of this the Poughkeepsie Journal didn't deem newsworthy enough to report on.
Monday, June 4, 2007 Connecting the Dots: 3 Actions to Take Today
Act now to keep the new internet open to all. Don't let the FCC turn over these airwaves to the same corporate giants that control wired access. For NY residents, call Gov. Spitzer to favor clean money clean elections. Last but not least, call your member of Congress for full debate on HR 811. Vote no on current HR 811. Thank you.
Friday, May 25, 2007 Election Forum at SUNY New Paltz still on for Friday, June 1st
IT WAS A MISTAKE!It's good to know so many people were listening to their public radio station today,but WAMC erred when they announced the June 1st Forum was tonight.My phone and email and the poor people at SUNY New Paltz are being flooded.The FORUM IS STILL JUNE 1ST!Apparently when people started calling SUNY in confusion, initially they were told the people at New Paltz didn't know what event they were referring to...
Monday, April 30, 2007 FILM REVIEWS FOR THE FILM SERIES
Andi Novick of Northeast Citizens for Responsible Media has set up a clearinghouse of five movies on election theft. They are available singly or en masse for anyone in the New York area wanting to arrange a group showing. It's a great idea which should be picked up across the country. Good job, Andi!
Saturday, April 28, 2007 Re-Media needs you to help Be The Media
Re-media is making an all-out effort to reach as many people as possible with this critical information not reported in the establishment media. We will be holding film screenings throughout May and June and present a panel of experts,the first weekend of June.We need help to reach more communities.Please consider taking on a screening in your community.
Sunday, April 22, 2007 New York-- The Buck Stops Here: Reflections on the Rule or Law and our Election System
We in New York, who have held off the DOJ breathing down our necks still have the opportunity to be a beacon to others. The buck can stop here. We can resist those who would deprive us of our fundamental right to choose our government by denying us control over the counting of our vote. We can say no to corporate or government control over our elections. We can count our votes by our own hand with our own eyes.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007(2 comments)
Why I will not be renewing my membership in People for the American Way
An open letter to Ralph Neas: PFAW, and I might add the Congressman whose legislation you so strongly advocate on behalf of, shun debate and discussion seeking to manipulate and control it in your interest. Calling yourself People for the American Way is a disgrace. So no, I will not be renewing my membership. Please stop sending me requests for same.
Thursday, March 22, 2007(5 comments)
Halting Holt Thoughts
The underlying problem with the entire discussion around voting in the United States is that it starts with machines and delegates the counting (or miscounting) to them.But the Constitution and Bill of Rights do not start with machines. They start with our right to be a free people, which we maintain by choosing our representatives, by our own hand.
Wednesday, February 28, 2007(1 comments)
If Truth is Lost in the Forest and There's no one to report it, Can Democracy be Found?
Re-Media is working on various fronts to bring you this information that the media is not reporting, in the hopes that you will be outraged enough to join us in fighting back to save our democracy. It is no longer an option: If you choose to do nothing, there will be no democracy left fighting for. Upcoming events and actions you can take to preserve what's left of our democracy.
Monday, February 26, 2007(2 comments)
A RETURN TO SANITY WHY WE MUST ELIMINATE COMPUTERIZED CONTROL OF OUR ELECTION SYSTEM:
The Story of the Voting Vendor Vultures and the People Who Love Them
This is written for people who know something's rotten, but haven't made the plunge into this the greatest untold story in our history. I have only compiled a small part of the available information. This is not my work so much as my collecting some of the work of a few of the committed activists mentioned in here.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007 The 2006 National Media Reform Conference Ignored the Greatest Threat to its Existence
The Media Reform movement relies on legislative lobbying, pressuring Congress and the FCC. Governments cease be susceptible to such strategies once they no longer require voters to stay in office. This is the effect of the theft of our elections, an issue ignored by corporate media and sadly, by the media reform movement.
Sunday, January 7, 2007(2 comments)
The Single Greatest Threat to the Media Reform Movement : Electronic Election Theft
Electronic voting fraud, the greatest crime of our history, is the most important issue for all of us. Our system of government relies on our ability to elect representatives to govern us. No matter how important all our other issues are, they are subsumed by the massive theft which has occurred in the last few elections and the huge potential for 2008 to be rigged. If the vote total is manipulated, we can impact nothing.