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Voting Machines - URGENT
Vote may be this week in City Council, Wednesday, Nov. 29

A. Make 2 phone calls to city council members for Resolution 131.
Resolution 131 urges our City Board of Elections to select paper ballots and
optical scanners as our new voting equipment when we have to replace our old
lever voting machines. 44 out of 51 Council Members are sponsors of
Resolution 131, as of 11/26/06. There may be a vote to discharge the resolution
from
committe THIS WEEK.

1. Call your own council member. Most of these calls will be short. You will
leave a message: "My name is ---. My address is ---. I am calling to
support Resolution 131 which is about voting machines and urges adoption of
Paper
Ballots and Optical Scanners. I urge you take action now to bring it out of
committee and get it passed in the full council. Please talk with Speaker Quinn
and urge her to bring Res. 131 out of committee and to a unanimous passing
vote immediately."

More info on Res.131 _http://www.wheresthepaper.org/ny.html#CCreso131_
(http://www.wheresthepaper.org/ny.html#CCreso131)
7 non-sponsors: _http://www.wheresthepaper.org/CM_NotSponsoring131.htm_
(http://www.wheresthepaper.org/CM_NotSponsoring131.htm)

Who is your council member?
Look online at _http://www.lwvnyc.org/TRY_find.html_
(http://www.lwvnyc.org/TRY_find.html)
Call the League of Women Voters of NYC at 212-725-3541

2. Call the Speaker of the City Council Christine Quinn at 212-788-7210
Your call will be short: "My name is ---. My address is ---. I am calling to
support Resolution 131 which is about voting machines and urges adoption of
Paper Ballots and Optical Scanners. I urge you show leadership to bring Res.131
out of committee, and get it passed with a unanimous vote in the full council
immediately.

B. Call your friends in NYC and ask them to make the same two calls!
We would like to get 1000 calls to Speaker Quinn, and 20 each to the other
Council Members from their own constituents.

C. Watch the City Council vote!
There will be two votes for Res. 131, in two separate meetings of the full
council. These will not be secret votes - and we want to fill the balcony so
every Council Member knows the public is watching!

The first vote will be on "discharge" to force the Resolution out of
committee. We believe this will occur on Wed. Nov 29, 2006, at 1:30 PM at City
Hall.
The second vote will be on Resolution 131 itself, and will take place at the
next full council meeting one or two weeks later.
Watch for the schedule to be posted at
_http://www.wheresthepaper.org/ny.html#Announce_
(http://www.wheresthepaper.org/ny.html#Announce)

Full council meetings are usually held on every other Wednesday at 1:30 PM
in City Hall, so hold your Wednesday afternoons free for the next few weeks!

Subways to City Hall: 4, 5 or 6 train to Brooklyn Bridge. 2 or 3 train to
Park Place. R or W train to City Hall. J, M, or Z train to Chambers Street. A
or C train to Chambers Street.

 

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