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Coalition Supports Improvements for Troop Voting; Rejects Risky Internet Ballot Proposals

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Contact: Holly Jacobson, Executive Director, Voter Action, (206)

723-1941 - Pam Smith, President, Verified Voting, (760) 613-0172

January 26th, 2010

OLYMPIA: Voting rights groups Voter Action, Common Cause, FUSE

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Washington and Verified Voting joined security experts today to

support Washington's desire to improve voting opportunities for

military and overseas voters. However, all warned that the proposed

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voting technologies for returning voted ballots via online electronic

transmission are fundamentally insecure and do not fully respect the

rights of voters deployed overseas to a private and secure ballot.

"It's critical that we ensure our brave men and women serving overseas have adequate time to vote in a trustworthy manner," said Holly Jacobson, Executive Director of Voter Action, a national election

integrity organization based in Seattle. "In spite of good intentions,

pending WA State legislation will NOT provide a trustworthy mechanism for these voters, as the recent internet based attacks of the Google corporate infrastructure and other major corporations dramatically illustrates. Indeed, it is no less than a matter of national

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Pending bills HB 2483 and its companion SB 6238, allowing for a ballot

to be returned by inherently insecure email and fax, and HB 1624 and

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