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Paul Lehto practiced law in Washington State for 12 years in business law and consumer fraud, including most recently several years in election law, and is now a clean elections advocate. His forthcoming book is tentatively titled DEFENDING DEMOCRACY. In the past, I co-founded but am no longer an active participant in the San-Diego focused election rights organization Psephos, but I nonetheless recommend their work and reference their site here.
(15 comments) Tuesday, December 16, 2008 If you like sending cash through the mail, you'll LOVE vote by mail!
Vote by mail ends the secret ballot, results in actual votes being
changed through pressure and intimidation,is nothing less than the
complete privatization of what is supposed to be a public process, and
then ballots sit around for a long time for things to happen to them
like getting "lost" altered,or damaged.If you like sending cash through the mail,you'll love vote by mail.
(3 comments) Sunday, November 30, 2008 Anatomy of the Murder of Democracy
By killing off transparency and openness in favor of corporate private intellectual property interests called "trade secrets" our government,of both political parties, has murdered the heart of democracy behind closed doors of secrecy.You can never really and truly kill off democracy;at best they can only hide it,because democracy is just too popular to ever be killed openly.Thus,simply applying reason to the prevarications
(5 comments) Friday, October 17, 2008 US Sup. Ct. Rules on Ohio 2008: Wants to See Vote Counts before Final Ruling
Today's stay merely means that the law and facts are not sufficiently clear that a court would be justified in issuing injunctive relief like a TRO at this juncture, just prior to the election. It preserves the status quo, but the Republicans are poised to challenge the Ohio election and have votes thrown out as illegal votes wherever possible. Will we see Ohio's votes thrown out, as happened to Florida in 2000?
(12 comments) Sunday, September 28, 2008 "Insulating Main Street from Wall Street" Means America's Keys in Wall Street's Pocket
The modified bailout plan, purporting to "insulate" America from Wall Street's crisis, actually puts Wall Street in control of its own reform and bailout, and removes any chance of taxpayer accountability while claiming to create an "Oversight" Board, in a way much worse than the original proposal, all sold to the American people as a protection of their interests. A permanent chill for American democracy.
Monday, October 1, 2007 Election machines are no friend of democracy
The only party without conflicts of interest is the public,but the public needs transparency to provide checks and balances.Secrecy invites corruption.Secret vote counts by insiders represent a form of unaccountable,absolute power where the public can't remove politicians from office if an insider is willing to cheat.Secrecy insures we'll never know cheating occurs.Whatever happens openly,what happens under secrecy is worse.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007 Why all California's electronic voting systems should be decertified
Please decertify the non-transparent, secret vote counting software from all vendors as it completely prevents and defeats the required democratic accountability of elections.Whenever the private power exceeds the government power,as FDR specifically noted,we have met the definition of fascism.To approve any of these systems is to accept that private power of corporations is greater than the public interest in transparency...
(13 comments) Wednesday, July 4, 2007 Defending the Freedoms of July 4, 1776: America's Hope for the World
Restating the history and importance of the American Revolution and applying it to the situation today, all Americans are presented with an incredible opportunity to come to the aid of their country that we can all feel good about. Let's give America a birthday present this July 4, 2007 and every day thereafter.
(2 comments) Friday, May 25, 2007 Are Hand Counted Paper Ballots a Realistic Solution for 2008? Doesn't Democracy Deserve a Debate?
Given one of the most important bills in the history of democracy,it is odd to me that not only is there not a "Democracy Impact Statement",not only are there no "white papers" in the impacts of each statutory change,not only is there a refusal of Congress to discuss the more observable and transparent voting systems in favor of voting itself secret vote counts in their very own elections ...
Tuesday, May 22, 2007 FOX tv Expose of E-Voting Official Corruption!!
We Present to you this 10 minute feature expose' on FOX TV in San Diego,to honor your corruption of the recounts in the 2004 presidential election,to give tribute to your secret vote counting software,to indict the entire electoral process in Ohio,to indict the entire electoral process in San Diego,to remember that thousands did not receive their ballots in Ohio,to condemn the loss of voter registrations,and to mamn sure...
(4 comments) Monday, May 21, 2007 Ultimate Nightmare for Democracy: High Confidence Yet Total Fraud
Paper ballot/trails create the gold standard for voter-verified FRAUD AND MAKE IT ALL SEEM LIKE IT'S A LEGITIMATE ELECTION . The riggers are then laughing their butts off with delight at this state of affairs, knowing that while perhaps at most 10% of errors get caught, 90% are voter approved and therefore legitimated.
(2 comments) Thursday, May 17, 2007 You Have 2 Weeks to Restore Your Right to Kick the Bums Out of Office
If you feel as I feel,if you wish as I wish,that America will never become a banana republic with an out of control government,then talk to your fellow rulers,your fellow citizens,spread the word far and wide, and make the House,the Senate,and your state legislatures hear Freedom's bell,so they know what it sounds like.We are not the Slaves,we are in charge.We are watching.We demand control of our elections, will never give up
(3 comments) Friday, March 30, 2007 ELECTIONS HACK TEST: Counter-Challenging Elections Officials on the Truth
Responding to a "hack challenge" by Riverside Supervisor Jeff Stone that mimicked "voter fraud" conditions, a counter-challenge is issued that is more realistic: INSIDER election fraud. The real conditions to mimic the power and access of elections officials are identified, the counter-challenge is issued.
(1 comments) Wednesday, March 21, 2007 The "All or Nothing Approach:" Should It Apply To Democracy?
this article applies to vote counting and voting systems the legal and political perspective of democratic rights. It shows that almost all of your meaningful rights in the area of voting and vote counting have been taken away, and Congress instead of correcting that is about to institutionalize it.
(2 comments) Wednesday, January 3, 2007 Idealism: The Soul of America
the mere mention of "realism" often causes people to sell out their ideals, usually for absolutely nothing. In such a case, "realism" is in fact a fraud and a rip-off in which one hands over one's most precious ideals, whatever those may be, and exchanges them for precisely nothing. In some cases, these ideals come straight out of the Constitution or Declaration of Independence...