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Action Alert: Prevent a rush to insecure voting in Illinois

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We need your help. Illinois legislators are considering a bill that would threaten verifiable voting in Illinois. The legislation, House Bill 85, creates an Internet Voting Commission that would "study and recommend to the General Assembly" a system of voting via the Internet starting in 2012.

The language of the bill seems to require that the Commission recommend an Internet voting system - but what if a secure Internet voting system is not ready? Illinois State Senators need to hear from you now. The bill has already passed the House and a hearing will be held in the Senate on Tuesday April 28 at 1:00 pm.

You can help! Visit our action center to urge Illinois Senators to oppose House Bill 85:

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/199/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=27136

Secret ballots aren't like a credit card transaction that you can track and verify. The ballot is submitted - and its contents can't be traced, so there is no way to verify the ballot independently of computer software.  It's not impossible that one day some form of Internet voting may offer secure ballots, but we clearly aren't at that point yet. Malicious software could change, fabricate, or delete votes cast over the Internet. Computer scientists and, most recently the Federal National Institute of Standards and Technology, have warned us that sending voted, secret ballots over the Internet is a uniquely challenging task.

Please take 60 seconds out of your busy day to contact Illinois Senators -- it's free and it's easy, and it will make a big difference. Your letter will go to your own Senator and to members of the Senate Elections Committee. After you take action, please pass this on to your friends!

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/199/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=27136

Thank you for all you do!

Best regards,

The Team at Verified Voting

 

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