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Action Alert! Citizen's Tool Kit to Take Back Elections

By Black Box Voting  Posted by Joan Brunwasser (about the submitter)       (Page 1 of 3 pages)   No comments
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Now is the time for your 2 cents: Citizen's Tool Kit to
Take Back Elections

Distribute to lists etc. as desired.

If you are worried about Election 2006, this message is for you. The Black
Box Voting CITIZEN'S TOOL KIT contains 20 modules, listed below. Begin
actively managing your elections by choosing one thing to do. This is your
chance to suggest improvements to the tool kit.

Choose one action - any action. This is YOUR tool kit to help you and your
group take action and monitor upcoming elections, so contribute input as

A FRAME OF REFERENCE: You own your government, it's not the other way

When you own something, it's up to you to manage it. The Citizen's Tool Kit
was created through combined expertise with many of our nation's most
effective and experienced citizens, to help you learn the citizen management
skills that work. If you depend on others to do this for you, you may just
lose your country.


Our electoral system is fundamentally broken. It's NOT going to be fixed by
November. And we don't have a lot of time to make things right.

What happens when the owner of a business doesn't do anything to manage it?
Pretty soon it doesn't exist. Let's not kid ourselves: The same thing can
happen to our democratic republic.

We need to take this seriously. Your children and grandchildren will inherit
the government you give to them. If you don't take action, who will?

Black Box Voting is not going to organize you, fix the government for you,
or manage your efforts. We WILL provide you with the tools to have a real
impact, either individually or by gathering together in small groups of 5 to
a dozen people. We will provide you with mentoring if you need it. This is
not a top-down initiative, it's roots-up, and it's your turn to reach for

If you've been under the impression that the American citizenry can win back
our elections by clicking "send" on an e-mail or writing letters to our
representatives, or even by passing a law, think again. Those of us who have
been in the trenches know: Laws are being ignored willy-nilly, public
records are being withheld from citizens, and the voting machines we're
using are junk.

If you aren't convinced, here is a presentation you can review -- it's
pictures and captions, a quick read (but due to so many pictures, a slightly
slow download, allow a few minutes even on high-speed connections):
You can also use this presentation to explain the situation to others.

CITIZEN'S TOOL KIT TO TAKE BACK ELECTIONS - Choose what interests you most
(links to each at bottom). Pick just one thing and take action.

Module 1: Have a House Party
Module 2: Organize a Town Meeting
Module 3: Give a Speech to a Group

Module 4: Adopt Part of an Election: Check Out the System Testing
Module 5: Adopt Part of an Election: Check On Voter Registration Lists
Module 6: Adopt Part of an Election: Become a Poll Worker or Elections Judge
Module 7: Adopt Part of an Election: Monitor the Voting
Module 8: Adopt Part of an Election: Monitor the Counting
Module 9: Adopt Part of an Election: Check on the Chain of Custody
Module 10: Adopt Part of an Election: Audit for Accuracy
Module 11: Get Public Records and Freedom of Information Documents

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Joan Brunwasser is a co-founder of Citizens for Election Reform (CER) which since 2005 existed for the sole purpose of raising the public awareness of the critical need for election reform. Our goal: to restore fair, accurate, transparent, secure elections where votes are cast in private and counted in public. Because the problems with electronic (computerized) voting systems include a lack of (more...)

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