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Dear Readers:

I've already received a number of responses to my OpEd piece: "Armed Madhouse and the huge task ahead of us". I'm delighted! Many contain good suggestions and/or accounts of what citizens are doing to bring the topic of election reform to their elected officials and their communities.

I haven't yet heard from any avowed Republicans. I meant what I wrote. I really DO want to know what Republicans think about all these stratagems which effectively stifle minority voting. I'd like to promote 'healthy dialogue'. Also, did you readers find me too harsh? Am I overstating the case? Can we really afford to sit back and wait for someone else to magically'fix' our democracy?

Three months ago, my OpEd piece "A Bit of A Quandary" spawned seven collections of responses. I'm hoping to do that again, on into the future. Bring your ideas and thoughts about the elections in your state, how they're run, what can be done to clean them up, make them safe and restore voter confidence . I envision a sort of cyber-public forum. Speak up and speak out! As long as you're not abusive or obscene and your ideas are well-expressed and have some merit, I will post them.

Keep writing, reading and reaching out! I still have lots of copies of "Invisible Ballots" itching to get launched, ready to spread the word about electronic voting. (We're up to 1,825 copies out and circulating.) Contact me and I'll happily share some of them with you.

Also, has anyone seen a good summary of election developments since April 2004? I'm looking for a written follow-up to "Invisible Ballots," (hopefully, not more than three pages, admittedly a tall order) to bring people up to speed. So much has happened since then: Conyers Report, GAO Report, Carter/Baker, the Hursti Hack, lawsuits, primary fiascos across the country, the recently released Brennan Center Report... Rather than reinvent the wheel, if it's been done already and done well, I'd like to use it (giving credit where credit is due, of course). I'm hoping that networking will help me find such a piece; it'll save me a ton of time if I don't have to do it myself. Thanks! We're all in this together.

Looking forward to hearing what you have to say,

Joan Brunwasser, Voting Integrity Editor,

Here is the link for the original article posted July 4th.

Great article Joan! Fantastic! I'll send it out.

How about advertise in your local paper about having public hearings. The
people can vote on what to do about this e-voting garbage and impose their
own penalties and fines on the pukes for violating their oaths of office and
also violating our rights. Then document the public hearing, have a board of
4 to over see and keep order, and get everyone's signatures and then get a
certified true copy of the puke in question's oath of office and put that in
with the public hearing documents, and then have it recorded on the public
record. Then as soon as one of the politico pukes violates his oath, the
people can sue the S.O.B. and their evidence (that you had recorded) is not
refutable. You force the puke to perform his duty.

AS, voting activist


Your letter is inspiring. In regards to my job here at home in Alaska, I will respond first.

The fact that you singled out my state in your letter, sent me to my trusty file folder to retrieve my recently received letter from Whitney Brewster, Director of the Division of Elections in Alaska. Her letter was a reply to my question on the nationally circulated article of the 100,000 plus vote discrepancy in the 2004 general election. I wrote that letter to her just prior to my trip to NC for 12 weeks.

I have both letters, but in hard copy only. I will make you copies of both and forward them to you via snail mail, - (it still works too). Maybe together, we can decipher the Division of Election's excuse. I'm with you, Proprietary Software be damned! Other words for this disease are "jeopardizing security" - which smell just as bad. I will also forward you a copy of the security measures - 2004 that she included.

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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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