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It is time to face the fact that HAVA was either a mistake or a malignantly intentional effort to create a corrupt, massively profitable boondoggle for voting machine companies. Every member of congress who agressively lobbied for it should be put out of office.

There are no 100% trustworthy electronic voting systems.

We must throw out the electronic machines and go to a paper only model, like they have in Canada and Switzerland. Nothing less will do for making the vote 100% voter verifiable, recountable and trustworthy.

Period!!

Yes, this will mean throwing away billions of dollars worth of equipment. Ironically, it will probably have zero re-sale value. There are no businesses that would invest a penny in these worthless hunks of hardware.

Once they are thrown away, the advocates of these machines should be exposed for what they are-- either betrayers of democracy, dupes or fools. And they should all be voted out of office or, if appointed, as in secretaries of state, then fired.

I've based my position on conversations with leaders in the field of voting integrity. There are computer experts who still support the idea of "safe" electronic voting. Some of them make their livings consulting or designing in the electronic voting business.

But I've spoken with enough experts to believe that there is no way, absolutely no way to be sure, to be 100% confident in electronic voting results, even when a paper record is produced.

The answer is simple. Throw out all the machines and go to paper ballots.

We can do it right away. We should make it a federal law that all elections are carried out this way. Democracy deserves the best, and when it comes to voting, that means paper.

All the election integrity organizations and activists have to bite the bullet and face the truth. Anything less than trashing the machines and returning to paper is a compromise that settles for less than the best form of voting that serve democracy. I call for all voting integrity activists and organizations to join together in an effort to get congress to pass legislation to require the elimination of voting machines in all government elections. The citizens of the US, and every state, county and municipality deserve the best for 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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