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/
Since you last heard from us we have been working very hard:
* We wrote letters to all the county legislatures and executives, providing them with the information they weren't otherwise receiving and encouraging them to pass resolutions in support of retaining our secure and transparent lever voting system. We currently have resolutions from 20 counties plus Nassau and Suffolk are in support of retaining levers, but can't pass this type of "sense of" resolution.
* We also have similar resolutions from various unions, political clubs and other organizations; see the list at the site, http://nylevers.wordpress.com/.
* We placed articles in dozens of newspapers throughout the state about the need to resist unconstitutional legislation forcing us to surrender our observable, fraud-deterring lever system for concealed, fraud-enabling computers.
* After participating in a public forum with Commissioner Kellner and author Mark Crispin Miller, we made the video referenced above in order to publicize the issue more widely.
* We became a project of the International Humanities Center, a 501(c )(3) organization, so that ETC can receive tax-deductible contributions to continue this fight.
* We received a Statement of Support from national Election Integrity experts, see ETCNYS.org, in which they wrote:
* We created a new website, NYLEVERS.nylevers.wordpress.com/, to compliment our blog, ETCNYS.org. The site provides current information regarding the resolutions and what you can do to help our efforts. Feel free to use the comparison chart between levers and scanners, http://nylevers.wordpress.com/chart/ as a handout and as a general reference piece.
* We went to conferences and meetings to create relationships with our county governments and county boards of election.
* We went to public hearings to present our case against vote counting by secretly programmed, exploitable computers.
* We worked with others preparing comprehensive cost reports to demonstrate the steep costs that will fall on the counties once the conversion to computerized vote-counting systems is made.
* We have over 2,000 signatures on a citizen petition and recently created a new site to make signing the petition easier.
* We prepared litigation to have ERMA declared unconstitutional.