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Dump Diebold____ At Your Bank

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Forget Fighting Diebold on the vote Front. Dump the Brand... in Banks and ATMs

Tell your bank, your convenience store to dump Diebold

I can't imagine that the voting business is anywhere near as big a part of Diebold's marketing mix as bank teller and money access machines are.

I went to the local convenience store and decided to get some cash. Lo and behold, it was a Diebold machine, And guess what. It gave me a paper record... all for no charge.

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It happens that this machine is owned by the company I bank with.

I KNOW that companies are much more responsive than legislators and the people who make decisions about voting technology, as wrong as that is.

The fact is, I don't trust Diebold. I don't trust them with my votes and I don't trust them with my money or my record keeping. I don't want to do transactions on Diebold. How dare they use Diebold.

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I am going to my bank and telling them I am outraged that they put me in the situation of using a piece of equipment manufactured by a company that millions of Americans consider the most untrustworthy technology company.

Why should I do business on a piece of equipment built by a company that I absolutely detest?

Why would any person who cares about the safety of electronic voting use a Diebold machine for their banking?

Now, I am going to my bank. But I don't want to do it alone. I want to go with thousands, or millions of other people. I want to stand in front of branches of my bank where there are a lot of people, with signs saying that they use equipment that is bad for America, bad for Democracy.

Now, if a lot of people do that, maybe my bank will make a statement that they will stop using Diebold equipment, that they will dump their Diebold equipment.

This approach would work better if we can find another ATM company that makes voting machines that are trustworthy, that do provide paper records. Let banks know we want THEM to lobby for trustworthy voting. They can do that by contributing to voting integrity organizations.

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WE have power we are not using. We can do things we've never done. We must, to save democracy.

 

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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