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Sunday, April 10, 2011 (9 comments)     

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Black Box Voting: WISCONSIN VOTE SPREAD 29,207? 7,500? Or 6,744? We should not be urging the public to trust what the public cannot see and authenticate. We have a structural problem with US election procedures, and instead of focusing on politics, we should be working together to restore the public ability to see what's going on.

Friday, February 17, 2012 (8 comments)     

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Dear Maine GOP: 1+1+1 does not = 4. Official results are wrong Evidence that Maine's GOP caucus results were miscounted.

Monday, September 29, 2008     

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2008 election results to be routed to private middlemen in Illinois, Colorado & Kentucky Black Box Voting has learned that private, inappropriate results middlemen are already set up in 2008 for Illinois, Colorado and Kentucky. This mirrors concerns from Ohio 2004, when a Tennessee server was found dishing out Ohio results. At this point citizens need to get on a search and expose mission for every state to learn the routing of election results p

Tennessee voter registration card Tuesday, May 27, 2008     

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Racial Profiling on Tennessee Voter Reg Cards It's time to play offense on voter registration and disenfranchisement. Those most likely to be targeted for disenfranchisement will be the traditional vote suppression targets: youth, new voters, ethnic minorities, senior citizens, independent and non-affiliated voters. Of special concern: States that have racial profiling embedded into their voter lists.

Thursday, June 21, 2012 (2 comments)     

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Bev Harris: Actual Accenture Voter List Software Discovered and Downloadable to the Public Bev Harrs discovered the actual highly problematic voter list software used widely throughout the USA for Accenture voter registration and voter histories. The software has been reported to switch voter parties and delete voter histories. Programmers and other interested parties can download the software and try to figure out why Accenture product gets it so WRONG so often.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 (14 comments)     

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BIPARTISANLY YOURS: COAKLEY WON THE HAND COUNTS According to preliminary media results by municipality, Democrat Martha Coakley won Massachusetts overall in its hand counted locations,* with 51.12% of the vote (32,247 hand counted votes) to Brown's 30,136, which garnered him 47.77% of hand counted votes. Margin: 3.35% lead for Coakley.

Friday, January 11, 2008 (43 comments)     

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Recount - Is Dennis Kucinich walking into a trap? The election integrity community is abuzz with news that candidate Dennis Kucinich will ask for a recount in New Hampshire, and Ron Paul fans have been pushing him to recount as well. Careful, this action is laced with subtle perils.

Erasing Our Rights: Voting while black discouraged in TN Wednesday, May 23, 2012 (2 comments)     

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Caught Red Handed: Systematic Purge Setup for Black Voters Four hundred and eighty-eight voters, every one of them in the Tennessee district of US Rep Steve Cohen (D-09), all but four lifelong Democrats, and nearly all Black, had their voting history erased by Shelby County election workers, setting them up for purge from the voter list.

Sunday, December 30, 2007 (8 comments)     

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New problems identified with Iowa caucuses If you live in any one of the 50 states, this affects you. Iowa caucuses directly affect which presidential candidates you will be able to vote for -- and as you'll see, the Iowa caucuses are a mighty leaky vessel to hold such weight.

Thursday, September 20, 2007 (2 comments)     

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Investigative Report - Part Two in the Moonshine Elections Series This report is dedicated to Dave Greenwell of Bullitt County,KY,who ran for sheriff in '06 with a pledge to clean up nepotism in Bullitt County government.He lost.Last time I met him,his thank-you-for-trying message consisted of three broken ribs.A powerful family now dominates Bullitt County,but if what we learned will help to achieve reforms(see end of article),Dave's loss can result in a win for KY& many other states.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007 (3 comments)     

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Unauthorized vote alterations on Texas iVotronic voting machine This is a machine that would not have passed certification tests had it performed this way for the test labs. This is a machine that has no business counting votes at all.And because the iVotronic voting systems are centrally programmed, and the programming defines how the machine counts its votes, this is a machine that has single-handedly cast doubt on every other iVotronic voting machine in Wharton County.

Thursday, November 1, 2012     

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Colorado Sets the Stage for a Bogus Election Colorado election integrity and transparency is now officially out the window, with a series of corruption protection rules and new laws that prevent the public from verifying the outcome. And then there is the matter of alleged Romney ties to the second-biggest voting machine manufacturer in America.

Friday, November 30, 2007 (6 comments)     

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Moonshine America? Collapse of the 'Trust Me' elections model From Kentucky to New York, from Mississippi to California, this article delves into the corruption of elections officials and the flawed model of American elections that has developed, and recommends specific changes to the system.

Friday, June 15, 2012 (2 comments)     

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Now 11,000 voter histories missing; Purge rates as high as 35% of wrong histories Two important new developments: An internal analysis conducted by the Tennessee Democratic Party has found that more than 11,000 voters statewide, who are still active on the voter file, have had parts of their voting history disappear; 2) BLACK BOX VOTING investigation reveals that up to 35% of wrongful "inactives" are actually purged

Wednesday, March 28, 2007 (1 comments)     

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Why Local Elections Matter and Why Curious Have to Watch Their Backs Citizen oversight and access to information is our best hope for long term integrity in elections. We proved our case about voting machines -- and Russell Simons/Simon Ardizzone memorialized that in "Hacking Democracy." Now let's walk the walk with citizen oversight. Every lead story at Black Box Voting for the rest of the year will feature CITIZENS on the front lines doing election oversight.

Hammer meet WinVote Saturday, May 12, 2007 (5 comments)     

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Voting machine rage: Uh-Oh -- Hammertime!

Thumbnail: Statewide Voter Registration Problems - 3 Tuesday, September 23, 2008 (1 comments)     

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Excruciating issues with voter list database The second half of the Help America Vote Act is just now kicking into play nationwide, and it involves nationwide implementation of mandated, centralized tamper-friendly voter list databases. The new statewide databases enable centralized access for tampering the whole state, and targeted populations. Few checks and balances have even been contemplated to prevent this.

Thursday, September 16, 2010 (5 comments)     

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SHELBY, TN: 3,221 PHANTOM VOTES FOUND; SAME LOCATIONS HAD UPLOADS DAY BEFORE ELECTION Shelby Cty admitted that they installed an invalid voter list in Election Day electronic poll books, altering WHO CAN VOTE.The list said 1000s of people could not vote because they had already voted,even though they had not voted.They withheld the list of WHO DID VOTE until ordered by the court to produce it.When consultants analyzed the list,they found names missing for 3,221 votes counted in the final certified results.

Saturday, October 28, 2006     

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Election Bulletin: Mail-in vote problems, what to do to safeguard your mail-in vote! Mail-in ballots are counted by voting machines. In some locations, they are actually entered into touch-screens! In most locations, they are counted by optical scan machines, and some of these (Diebold) have crucial checks and balances disabled. This article exposes several problems with mail-in voting, and tells you what you can do to protect your mail-in vote.

Monday, November 1, 2010     

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Straight scoop on tons of races up for grabs in Tuesday election Don't believe what you hear right now on who will control congress, because it is still very much up in the air. Not only do we not have any idea how the computer programming really affects vote counts with many different locations, vendors and IT guys, but going by the polls alone there are really a TON of very close races.

Thursday, March 19, 2009 (4 comments)     

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Let's Get Off the Hamster Wheel The media has given the impression that Germany banned e-voting due to bugs or security issues. Not so: The ban was based on human rights violations, which represents spectacular progress for the US voting rights groups who believe computerized, secret vote counting violates inalienable rights.

Friday, April 15, 2011     

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Colo. Election Clerks at War with the Public Colorado has some of the most shocking local election administrators in the nation. This long-standing problem is reaching broader public awareness through an unseemly situation in tiny Saguache County.

Thursday, October 16, 2008     

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New results middleman spotted - FL, KS, IL, CA, CO, NC, SC, NY, NM, TX New election results private middleman spotted for 25 counties in 10 states

Sunday, September 21, 2008 (1 comments)     

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Construction workers discover their secret ballot invaded A construction worker who lives in a small cabin in the woods discovered that his ballot, with his votes on it, is being tracked.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010     

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Two convicted felons involved with vote by mail The USA's vote by mail system is rapidly expanding, and as it expands, it automates and outsources. Two convicted felons have been heavily involved in the automation of absentee vote mailing and signature authentication processes used in current elections.

Voter Registration Monday, November 7, 2011     

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15,000 Voters Left Off 2008 Voter List In Shelby Co. Tennessee 20% of All 18-year Olds Omitted -- Data Entry Failure for Last-Minute Registration Forms to Blame

Wednesday, January 6, 2010     

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Detroit - Criminal investigation requested for elections violations Black Box Voting calling for Detroit elections officials to be removed. Let's watch Detroit carefully, because today's request to prosecute election violations may help with a rotten elections culture elsewhere in the USA. Ex-candidate Tom Barrow has filed a formal request for investigation along with stunning documentation of chain of custody breach in the recent Detroit mayoral election.

Votes disappear - then reappear (some of them) Tuesday, November 25, 2008 (6 comments)     

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The mysterious disappearing candidate in Florida This article shows how to use "time slice" data to view vote information as it flows in during the election. One unusual set of time slices led to more questions, about a disappearing candidate.

Friday, May 7, 2010 (5 comments)     

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QUESTIONABLE LEADERSHIP ON WORLD DEMOCRACY - Does the US want a back door into other nation's elections? Tidier than involvement in a coup, and less expensive than investing in enough propaganda to thwart a democratic election, e-voting has now proven to provide the opportunity for a "Plan B." If desired. In case it's necessary.

Sunday, January 17, 2010     

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BBV 2010: WHAT TO DO ABOUT MASSACHUSETTS Here are suggestions for effective actions everyone can take, whether you live in Massachusetts or not, to help protect the truthfulness of Tuesday's Massachusetts senate special election.

Friday, January 18, 2008 (6 comments)     

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NH Recount Update: Ballot boxes found slit; NH stops putting ballots in vault BBV has been doing a chain of custody exam for the NH Primary's recount.On Wednesday night,EDA's Sally Castleman mentioned a troubling observation:After following the ballots back to the ballot vault following Wednesday's recount,she had the opportunity to enter the ballot vault,& noticed what looked like cuts,or slits,in the side of many ballot boxes.A significant departure from the normal chain of custody path occurred...

Thursday, April 28, 2011     

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THE INVISIBLE HAND: CASE STUDY IN STRIPPING AWAY ELECTION RIGHTS New questions on election transparency have surfaced in New Hampshire, where the powerful First-In-The-Nation presidential primary will take place in 2012. If New Hampshire is to have its thumb on the scale in presidential politics, transparency needs to be an absolute requirement. In a bizarre chain of events, nontransparency was entered surreptitiously into a New Hampshire statute in 2003.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 (1 comments)     

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Connecticut Election Audit: 'Ridiculous, Unacceptable, Unconscionable' Connecticut released an "audit" (not really an audit) on May 12, 2009 -- more than six months after the Nov. 2008 election, and long past any possibility of rectifying errors, if found. Yet even this belated "audit" was procedurally flawed, and even this flawed belated "audit" uncovered "ridiculous, unacceptable, unconscionable" problems.

Friday, January 9, 2009 (3 comments)     

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Black Box Voting: Santa Barbara lawsuit would set dangerous precedents An elections contest has been filed in Santa Barbara County (Calif) which -- if it succeeds -- would open the door for harassment, mass disenfranchisement, and election tampering using poison pills.

Friday, January 18, 2008 (16 comments)     

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On the ground in NH: Recount Update The upshot: The ballots we had videotaped in the van being transported, which arrived intact without slits, were not taken to the vault and were not kept in a location requiring keycard access last night (except that entering the building itself requires a keycard)

Monday, October 12, 2009 (1 comments)     

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Here's do-it-yourself letter & cautionary note re: Diebold/ES&S senate antitrust hearing Here is a copy of the letter BLACK BOX VOTING has sent to every senator on the committee, and a downloadable do-it-yourself letter in Word format so you can edit and customize to your own liking and send your own, plus all the addresses, fax numbers and phone numbers.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009 (2 comments)     

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BREAKING: Front lines report from AZ election fraud investigation Update on a live investigation into possible election tampering on a $2 billion transportation bond ballot issue in Pima County, Arizona, by Jim March as he views the hand count investigation.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009 (2 comments)     

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Aspen's Slippery Slopes: Constitutional rights violation, denial of crucial public records During post-election jockeying between mayor-elect Ireland and former candidate Marilyn Marks, a voting rights conflict of national importance was exposed. When the City chose to deny a crucial open records request by Marks, she filed a lawsuit to compel compliance with Colorado Open Records Laws.

hacking democracy producers Tuesday, July 17, 2007 (2 comments)     

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HBO film on secret vote counting gets Emmy nomination

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 (1 comments)     

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Vote by mail is HIGH RISK Vote by mail conceals who actually voted and hides chain of custody. It is a way of transferring power from the many to the few, a centralization and consolidation of power. And claims cited by its supporters are untrue; it does not increase turnout. Don't fall for the absentee voting craze.

Debate with an empty chair Friday, June 29, 2007     

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Debate with a Chair: Part II - Is a flawed bill better than no bill? Is a flawed bill better than no bill? The "chair" is the faceless voice of quotes from high profile leaders in the election reform movement who have refused to publicly debate the sweeping changes in democracy that they are seeking in public. There are two bills currently being pushed through the US Congress that will change the way elections are run in America. The voting rights community is split. Here's what they say:

Saturday, May 8, 2010 (1 comments)     

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Does the US want a back door into other nation's elections? While citizens easily grasp the idea that you don't have a democracy without public elections -- the key word being PUBLIC -- and that you don't have public elections when government insiders control essential processes in concealment, many national leaders pretend not to understand these fundamental concepts. They continue to claim that the machines are "tamperproof", "safe", and deserving of "confidence."

PHOTO: Pima County Polling Place, Moments after polls close on Mar. 10, 2009 Wednesday, March 11, 2009 (1 comments)     

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Counting votes in secret - PHOTO - 'Let there be consequences' The photo says it all: Vote-counting in Pima County performed in secret, hidden even from official party observers and a member of the Pima County Election Integrity Commission. Please help. This is against the law, but without a demand for consequences, kiss your democracy good-bye.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008 (1 comments)     

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About those so-called "Election Audits" - Missing Info NEW ENGLAND - Voting machines in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine are programmed by a single firm, LHS Associates. Connecticut report of Feb. 2008 audit results is MISSING, Univ. Connecticut discovered unchecked "duplicate memory cards" but has been unable to examine all of them, 30% of 2007 audit data missing or unusable. And the other four LHS-programmed states aren't even checking any of this.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009     

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"Where the hell are our ballots?" Ballots in an apparently rigged election are scheduled to be recounted; they were secretly moved to a new location by the Arizona Attorney General, but no one seems to be able to find out where, or learn anything about the chain of custody.

Friday, May 1, 2009 (2 comments)     

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Blackbox BLOG-O-LECTION Clips Quick updates on voting rights and election integrity, from Black Box Voting - Tennessee going nuts installing partisan election officials; King County withheld records showing wrongfully counted votes; New Hampshire legislation blocking freedom of information is in play right now...

Thursday, October 8, 2009 (1 comments)     

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Black Box Voting to Wash. DC Council re: Proposed Election Reforms Black Box Voting letter to Washington D.C. Council: REQUEST TO HOLD OFF ON NO-FAULT VOTE-BY-MAIL, Checks and Balances need to be articulated for Same-Day Registration, Public rights in public elections

Wednesday, September 10, 2008 (3 comments)     

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The new Diebold 2-minute deadline: Welcome to SPEED VOTING Diebold/Premier says it's too late to fix a new voting machine time-out feature - 2-min. delay kicks voters off to provisional ballots. Report says 1,700 locations, 34 states affected.

Monday, January 22, 2007 (1 comments)     

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VT Board spurns voting scanner, wants to stick with hand counts BBV perspective on this article: Note the difference in tone in this hand count paper ballot town. One might almost call it "The Joy of Voting". It's refreshing, and calls to mind the great American spirit. Note also that the price quote for the Diebold AccuVote Scanner here is $4500, which is $2000 less than the quote for the same machine in Londonderry (NH) and Marlborough (MA).

Friday, June 6, 2008 (7 comments)     

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Utter failure of election transparency in Monterey County Monterey County violated citizen oversight rights in a big way, hiding portable memory sticks, threatening to arrest citizens trying to document what they were seeing, and operating vote tabulators containing prohibited software. Jim March reports a hair-raising election oversight experience.

Nancy Worley Wednesday, October 3, 2007     

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Pork Spending of Help America Vote Act Funds The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) doled out billions in funds to buy voting machines that we never asked for and are now trying to get rid of, but the wasteful spending didn't stop there. The "education" funding is oinking loudly as well. Alabama's HAVA financial reports, for example, show hundreds of thousands in disbursements to people listed by first name only, or first name and initial, like "Brenda K"...

Monday, April 14, 2008 (6 comments)     

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Pennsylvania: The Worst Place to Vote in America PA's worse than FL because FL has GREAT public records laws,which have an important feature,they explictly put ballots under public records laws.PA's worse than TX(a close second!)because it's got a more pervasive history of organized crime and TX has overly expensive,but semi-decent freedom of information laws.PA's worse than OH because OH has good, reasonably priced public records accessible to anyone &require paper ballots.

Monday, July 30, 2012 (1 comments)     

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Georgia City Fighting Sunshine Laws - The city of Cumming, Georgia is litigating against public right to videotape open meetings, a move that could spill over into election monitoring. Videotaping in a freedom of information context is a crucial part of transparent elections because it lets citizens capture durable evidence in the election. Election processes are (or should be) subject to public observation, yet sometimes public officials try to block this.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008     

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Can NH recount chain of custody be rescued? VERDICT: New Hampshire is unable to document its chain of custody properly, lacks written procedures, its secretary of state has said he doesn't know where its memory cards are, and LHS has been encroaching on state elections with near-total control. I'll be preparing a Special Report when I return from New Hampshire with documents and video to support this assessment.

Sunday, September 30, 2007 (2 comments)     

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Dutch voting computers will be decertified shortly We do not trust voting computers' demanded that every single vote would be retained on its own piece of paper in the polling station.And that is what will happen from now on.The state secretary for the interior immediately announced that 'Regulation for approval of voting machines 1997' will be withdrawn. As a result all Dutch voting computers will be decertified.Elections will be held using paper ballots & red pencils...

Tuesday, September 11, 2007 (2 comments)     

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"Trust Me Elections" - computerized Voting in Bullitt Co. Kentucky A surprisingly large percentage of our national vote comes from rural locations,even in states like New York and California.In Kentucky, 09 out of 120 counties are rural;overall,60% of Kentucky's votes come in from rural election administrations.In swing states, small rural voting pockets can tip the state's electoral votes.In close elections, a single rural location can flip control of the U.S. congress.

Sunday, May 18, 2008     

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Voting Rights Advocate Susan Pynchon Honored by Florida ACLU Susan Pynchon is one of the truly brilliant researchers and voting rights advocates in America today. Black Box Voting has worked with Susan and her organization,the Florida Fair Elections Coalition,quite often since both our organizations were founded in 2004.Pynchon is recognizable to those who watched "Hacking Democracy" as "the woman who cries at the end."But she consistently picks herself up and comes back swinging.

Empty Chair for Democracy? Thursday, June 28, 2007 (2 comments)     

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"Debate with a Chair" - Part 1 - Do changes in democracy deserve public debate? Pending legislation will quietly lock in sweeping changes in our representative democracy. Doesn't democracy deserve a debate? A peek into the arguments among leaders in voting reform.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011     

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New Report on Key Public Safeguards -- Who Can Vote -- Who Did Vote Are there any problems with the software design in the ES&S/Diebold ExpressPoll system? (You betcha.) As they say, humans err but a computer can REALLY mess things up. In absentee voting locations -- and over 25 states now have no-fault absentee voting -- inaccurate "who voted" lists offer a direct connection to vote stuffing for insiders willing to exploit the lists.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009     

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Black Box Voting Blog-O-Lection 7/21: Burglars at the window Each of the four election issues described here have broad implications, not just for the location involved but for your state and county as well. At issue: ballot remakes, ballot privacy, Internet voting, forced mail-in voting

Thursday, July 30, 2009     

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Black Box Voting names Maine best in nation for voting rights Black Box Voting has been researching nitty-gritty election issues state by state, community by community. Maine, it turns out, is a standout. Overall, Maine's current processes are better than any other state in America. This article explains why Maine is ahead of the pack, and what new threats exist that might cause problems.

Thursday, February 8, 2007 (1 comments)     

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What's Wrong with Holt II (HR 811) You may have received one of the mass e-mails today from Common Cause or PFAW urging you to support hurried passage of the new Holt Bill. Below is a concise list of problems with the bill. And you should know that:

Wednesday, February 6, 2008 (3 comments)     

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CO: Shaken caucus official reports ballot stuffing I just interviewed a gentleman in Boulder,CO who provided a detailed report.He was a caucus official(chairman? captain?not sure of the lingo).They hand counted the ballots and the two elderly ladies counted them wrong. He corrected them. He carefully wrote down the correct information. While he was doing this,one of the elderly ladies was grabbing at the envelope;she ultimately did take the envelope and hurry away

Friday, January 25, 2008 (3 comments)     

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The New Hampshire "Shame of Custody" Decide for yourself what to make of this video of New Hampshire officials refusing to secure ballots in the ballot vault -- a deviation from their normal procedure. This video reveals the fraudulent "seals" that peel off and reaffix like high-priced Post-It notes.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012     

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Judge Threatens Gag Order on Lawsuit to Protect Ballot Privacy Don't be confused, and don't let anyone tell you that you shouldn't talk about this. To be clear, you have BOTH the right to inspect ballots and the right to a secret ballot. If you hear this: "It would violate the secrecy of the ballot to allow the public to examine ballots" it simply means "We can figure out how you voted and we don't want you to know that."

Monday, January 18, 2010 (1 comments)     

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SHINING A BRIGHT LIGHT ON AN UNDEMOCRATIC TACTIC If a media outlet calls the MA race based on verbal reports from names that are never disclosed,we need to call this what it is:Journalistic malpractice,and a danger to democracy.If what you see Tuesday night ain't right,be prepared to speak up.Or shout loudly.It's our duty."It does not take a majority to prevail...but rather an irate, tireless minority,keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men." Samuel Adams

Tuesday, August 4, 2009 (1 comments)     

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(WI) - 5-YEAR PLAN TOUTS FORCED MAIL-IN, INTERNET, SIGNATURE GAMES Wisconsin is set to ratify a '5-year plan' which will advocate looking into forced mail-in voting, Etch-a-Sketch-style electronic voter registration tablets which eliminate the physical signature, and Internet voting. The combination of mail-in voting and physical signature removal pulls the wheels right off of mail-in voting checks and balances -- and safeguards for mail-in voting are already inadequate.

Friday, May 15, 2009     

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BlackBox Blog-O-Lection May 15, 2009 New Jersey groups beginning to use voting rights frame for e-voting; Patronage massacre in Tennessee, Republicans have fired (so far) 28 Democratic election officials; Awesome potential for public interest software programming; Philadelphia citizens overcome refusal to publish election results; "Stealth election" in Alabama, and helpful election stats now available for Los Angeles.

Friday, November 6, 2009 (2 comments)     

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Tools to help examine Maine's controversial rollback of gay rights Maine rolled back gay marriage rights, just as California did last year with Prop 8. Here are some tools to help citizens investigate this election, and you don't need to live in Maine to help!

Election Storm Watchers Needed Tuesday, June 3, 2008 (1 comments)     

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Election Storm Watchers Needed - New Tech Tools! Three great new tools are now available for election protection, guaranteed to fascinate computer people numbers nerds. Automate the capture of data, spot anomalies instantly.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007 (2 comments)     

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Call to action: Kill the bill that federalizes secret vote counting We are asking you to take this next step and stand up once again against HR 811.Congress is trying to fast-track this dangerous bill to bring it to the floor for a vote as soon as the current recess is over. Please take the one action step below, and then forward the Action Alert to your lists. Thank you.Secret vote counting is antithetical to democracy and is absolutely unacceptable. Instructions and links included.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 (3 comments)     

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Oregon & Kentucky: Scribbled sigs & moonshine math In this article you will find tools to help you analyze the numbers as they come in from Kentucky and Oregon's May 20 primary elections. Kentucky is a big problem, Oregon is just plain strange. In Oregon, 100 percent of votes are absentee, or mail-in. In Kentucky, one firm programs 96 of the 120 counties, and the state has a spectacularly bad history of election fraud.

Sunday, November 2, 2008 (1 comments)     

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The Count starts in 48 hours: Instructions for Protect the Count The Black Box Voting Protect the Count series contains important information and several video clips never before made public.Please distribute immediately and as widely as you can. EASY INSTRUCTIONS: View the videos that best fit your location, find a buddy, pick an action, do it!

Monday, October 1, 2007     

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Hilarious but improper: video of Texas lawmakers cheat-voting This short video is not to be missed. Texas lawmakers are videotaped voting more than once and voting other people's votes for them. It becomes almost a melee as they rush to (improperly and against the rules) vote everyone else's ballots.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007     

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The Government and Some of its Vendors Can Now Access Your Secrets Some citizens think we should do away with the secret ballot.That's a radical idea and carries the risk of destabilizing the nation.But secret government-owned voter+votes databases are no one's cup of tea,unless you wish to live in a carceral state,which seeks to know all about its inhabitants while hiding information about itself.Even the most radical reformers don't want this evolutionary step towards a police state.

Thursday, May 28, 2009 (1 comments)     

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BlackBox Blog-O-Lection -- IMPORTANT! -- Thurs. May 28, 2009 The genius of democracy is dispersal of power. Consolidation of control under the EAC and secret, centralized counting under an Internet voting system combine to remove the framework for democratic elections. Like rats following the piper, most mainstream press articles write glowingly over this new concept, as if it were a foregone conclusion that all of America will vote this way soon.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007     

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The road to Boondoggle was paved with good intentions If federal government is going to correct anything, it should start with enacting tougher standards to give citizens Freedom of Access to Elections Information -- mandating that the system actually PRODUCE the information needed for citizens to make sure the right candidate was place in office, in a TIMELY manner, that is COST EFFECTIVE and USABLE, prohibiting removal of the information through proprietary claims.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008     

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THE CAT THAT CONTROLS NEW HAMPSHIRE ELECTION PROGRAMMING We obtained footage of Silvestro grappling with Harri Hursti,the master hacker who had his way with the Diebold optical scans in Leon County,FL in the famous exploit that was showcased in the film Hacking Democracy.Video:Harri Hursti testifying on 9/19 before the NH legislature,explaining significant vulnerabilities requiring urgent mitigations ; throughout his testimony,Silvestro with his own comments,opinions,misstatements..

Friday, April 25, 2008 (10 comments)     

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FINALLY: Someone is telling the U.S. Gov't where to put its e-voting Black Box Voting was invited to submit comments into the record for the United States Election Assistance Commission's Round Table, which featured and agenda entirely devoted to a what is basically a celebration of computerized vote-counting. We took this opportunity to tell it like it is.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007 (1 comments)     

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Fewer places to vote (the Real cost of voting machines) The truth about HAVA is that it has caused millions of voters to lose their right to have to travel farther to polling places, millions more to lose access to polling place voting altogether, and now more than 100 million voters have their votes counted in secret.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008 (6 comments)     

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New video - unspinnable details: Breach of NH chain of custody BALLOTS WERE NOT SECURED FOR THE NEW HAMPSHIRE RECOUNT. Both candidates' money should be returned because the state of New Hampshire failed to secure the recount ballots. The above video shows state officials' responses when asked who is responsible for the chain of custody breakdown, and shows specific wards and towns with ballot box chain of custody breaches.

Thursday, January 3, 2008     

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What to do! Iowa Caucus instructions for everyone You don't live in Iowa? Doesn't matter. Pitch in! Here's what you can do...

Tuesday, June 10, 2008     

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North Dakota, South Carolina, Virginia, Maine election watch The following states go to the polls today: Maine, North Dakota, South Carolina, and Virginia. Statistical information, results analysis tools, problem reports and voting machine issues summarized here.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007 (1 comments)     

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HAVA- The road to the boondoggle was paved with good intentions Question: What happens if you lobby a lawmaker for $4 billion in expenditures for touch-screen (DRE) voting machines and go back to that same lawmaker two years later asking to dump DREs? Answer: You lose credibility. It might be hard to lobby for other things. It's politically embarrassing. And your members, or funders, might have a few questions to ask about the prudence of your lobbying expenditures.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008     

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Pennsylvania: Worst Place to Vote in America - And What We Can Do About It Black Box Voting will be trying to carve a few crumbs of information out of a state that treats elections like the personal and secret property of its government employees, and to do that we need the help of some dedicated Pennsylvania citizens.

Thursday, June 28, 2007 (1 comments)     

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How can voters deal with lazy media coverage on voting matters? KPBS "Full Focus" aired an interview with an elections official (and former Diebold salesperson), asked no meaningful followup questions, and permitted no input from those with an opposing point of view. The result? The public was misinformed by the media. What can we do about it, after the fact?

Saturday, February 25, 2012     

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"Dirtiest politician" hired for Nevada caucus? It turns out that at least three of the top guns hired to oversee Republican caucuses had been involved in the campaign of a single top candidate, and then went on to run the (botched, but beneficially so) caucuses.

Thursday, July 3, 2008 (3 comments)     

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Flooded machines: Now who do you trust? This Indiana county may be headed for a wild ride -- certainly an expensive one! -- because its voting machines were destroyed in the June floods. Mystery firms bid for the contract.

Thursday, March 20, 2008     

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Tightening the Net: An indictment of Sequoia voting system security & legality Jim March,John Brakey & Michael Shelby have pulled a coup in AZ.They have studied & reported on the presidential primary election in the largest county in that state,Maricopa,with 56% of the AZ vote.The report sets new ground in how to monitor the security and sanity of an election.Taking advantage of material that wasn't available to CA SoS Bowen's top-to-bottom review team,Sequoia now considered least secure/most illegal

Sunday, February 18, 2007 (7 comments)     

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Response to Avi Rubin's Support for Holt HR 811 I was very surprised to see that you were involved in writing this bill, since the absolute prohibition against any undisclosed firmware, and the resulting unlegislatable complications due to such firmware being owned by foreign companies, certainly IS in your area of expertise.

Sunday, July 13, 2008     

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Former voting machine exec looking to become America's next Vice President? Hagel did not disclose his ownership in the voting machine company.He did not disclose that he had been CEO of the voting machine company, even though that was clearly required. He was required to list every position held during the past two years; he listed a volunteer position with the Red Cross, but failed to mention that he was CEO of the voting machine company that counted his votes.

Monday, January 21, 2008 (5 comments)     

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At the NH Recount: Holes Hidden In Plain Sight The "seals" are not seals. The "chain of custody" is not a chain of custody. Ballots being transported by the "state police" are actually transported by Butch and Hoppy, who are not employed by the state police. Butch and Hoppy's real names are not really Butch and Hoppy. In New Hampshire, it's all hidden in plain sight.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007 (2 comments)     

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Another public official steps up to the plate! Bev Harris adds Dennis Kucinich to the sadly short Honor Roll of public officials working to protect the integrity of our elections. How can you help your local reps sign on?

Friday, January 25, 2008 (3 comments)     

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Hot on the trail of Democracy: NH recount video evidence This video - culled from twenty hours of material,broken up into installments and organized to make it easier to watch -will tell much of the story of the NH recount. They show employees for the state of New Hampshire breaking the law, and also will show you tips for how to investigate chain of custody yourselves. Check back often over the next three days for new video installments.

Sunday, June 10, 2007 (2 comments)     

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Kucinich announces he's revoking support for Holt Bill HR 811 News bulletin - Rep. Kucinich pulls support from controversial election reform bill

Tuesday, December 5, 2006     

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Election Forum: the Vote Counters vs. "We the People" First,they threw away the citizens' fundamental civil right to oversee elections properly.Then,they strong-armed reluctant local elections officials into buying insecure and unauditable voting machines,at staggering cost to the taxpayers.Now that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has blasted the DRE technology, they say it will be too costly to rectify the situation. Who is 'they"?

Thursday, January 4, 2007 (10 comments)     

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"Request by Voters" Campaign for Election Reform Catches Fire Since launching our "Request by Voters" campaign three days ago, we have already received affirmations of support from more than 1,000 individual and group signers. Here is the online petition. Jump aboard!

Sunday, September 23, 2007 (1 comments)     

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Gird for massive new voting machine purchases Not so great if you think the White House shouldn't be designing our voting technologies.Also not so great if you look at the design itself.It's not about election system integrity,not in the sense of citizen oversight and democracy,that is.The WH designs are all about exceedingly complex and expensive high tech configurations.The EAC's voting system"guidelines"(sic)&certification programs are not about election integrity.

Thursday, March 20, 2008 (4 comments)     

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BlackBoxVoting EXCLUSIVE - Massive ballot-rigging technique? Our discovery- of a potentially devastating method of rigging MAIL IN VOTES,AUDITS and RECOUNTS.We believe it is possible to undetectably alter thousands--possibly tens of thousands--of paper ballots, using a technique known as "check washing." What you will see in THESE videos is the backstory that helped us figure out the mechanics of how a massive ballot-tampering operation could be accomplished with just a few key people.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006     

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Dear Black Box Voting: Why are you against advanced technology? Inside access to handcounted paper ballot systems,if the systems lack certain simple checks&balances, allows tampering through approximately half a dozen attack points on a small-scale basis.Inside access to electronic voting systems,if ALL procedures aren't followed to the letter,& I guarantee you they are NOT followed at all consistently, allows wholesale access to as many as 1,000,000 votes at a time by a single person.

Thursday, October 11, 2007     

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A funeral for a presidential election What is going on in OH is absolutely amazing, inspiring & in fact the hard core research done by Phillips and Shaffer humbles me.Phillips wrote a book appropriately titled "Witness to a Crime,"in which he details and provides photocopies of evidence of the vote fraud in OH,for the most part,perpetrated by insiders.Most of these insiders still hold office.There is no will among those who hold power to hold them accountable.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007     

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EAC Panel Faces Partisan Allegations Many of the election activists,and unfortunately Lofgren as well,seem to be under the impression that the purpose of reform is to get "good people" in place.A more accurate framework for what we are supposed to be doing with reform is to get "sound structures" in place-and the EAC is about as top-heavy a structure as you can get,unless you are trying to design a structure that will produce fascism or corrupt governance.

Sunday, April 6, 2008 (1 comments)     

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New Hampshire to make recounts more difficult New Hampshire is about to make recounts more difficult. That does not serve the voters well, regardless of how it is 'spun'. Read the article, Bev Harris's rebuttal and go online to comment. Can't hurt; we need to show the media that we know what's going on and they can't make a sow's ear into a silk purse and think we won't notice!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008 (1 comments)     

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Update from the trenches: Can NH recount chain of custody be rescued? We are finding in New Hampshire:the best of the best in MOST situations,but considerable naivete & in some areas,an alarming and willfull negligence.The upshot will be that New Hampshire could be the role model for the nation,but not until they purge themselves of a limited number of very significant problems.The problem with chain of custody:You can have a strong,beautiful,stainless steel chain but if one link is broken...

Tuesday, February 13, 2007     

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A Point by Point Look at the Increase in Election Executive Branch Influence under Holt Elections are the mechanism through which the citizenry conveys its instructions to the government, and therefore, elections must provide full freedom of access to information to all citizens, which includes access to the information needed to validate and audit the election. Without this, it is only a matter of time before our system of government crumbles.

Sunday, July 15, 2007     

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Riverside CA proud to be dropped from "Two Worst Places to Vote" A hand-picked Blue Ribbon Panel in Riverside County,CA issued a report yesterday advising county supervisors to move "as quickly as possible" away from DREs (touch-screens) and over to voter-marked paper ballots and optical scan machines.While this will still have votes being counted in secret,on machines that government insiders ultimately control,it is a positive step.Riverside citizens pioneered e-voting litigation.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 (2 comments)     

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Bev Harris on Voice of the Voters May 28th, 8PM ET Raising the bar on election protection vs. "Oops!" Why has a culture of "OOPS" permeated and been tolerated in the election industry, when it would not be acceptable for minimum wage workers in corporate America? It's as if our elections are now a game of limbo---"how low can we go?"

Wednesday, February 7, 2007     

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More from Ohio: The Vu Memos - Cuyahoga Elections Director conversations with the prosecutor The allegations that the recount of Cuyahoga County's presidential vote was conducted in violation of the spirit and letter of Ohio law are serious. When precincts are pre-counted, and discarded by election officials in violation of State law, the Secretary of State's directive, and theBoard's own Standard Procedures, the integrity of the entire process is called into question.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007     

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Let's Hear it for Freedom of Information Requests! Black Box Voting is involved in a sweeping nationwide set of Freedom of Information requests designed to shed more light on the business relationships between voting machine vendors and the elections officials using the equipment. The records are beginning to pour in. Here are two sets of records we thought you might be interested in, in Ohio and New Hampshire:

Wednesday, February 14, 2007     

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At Least Do No Harm The objective is to get real election integrity, which means focusing on getting the person installed in office that the voters actually voted for (as well as making sure eligible people can vote).

Tuesday, May 6, 2008     

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Cancelled or changed, there's a whole lotta shuffling going on in W. Indiana database Because IN is implementing an ID requirement,& this requires that voters' name and address match when the voter registration database is compared with their ID,an unscrupulous data entry person would no longer need to PURGE registrations in order to knock people off the voting rolls.All that's required is CHANGING the registration slightly,to introduce typos.Alter Bev Harris to Ben Harris and change 973 to 793.Gone.Poof.

Thursday, September 20, 2007     

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Black Box Voting to be in NY, CT, NJ September 22-27! I will be in NY, CT, NJ from Sept 22-27 for work on the "Godfather Elections" investigative series, so if you have questions or closeup info on election problems, now is the time to email Bev: bev@blackboxvoting.org -- AND -- On Thurs. Sept. 27 Harris will be speaking, it's a public event, please come if you can! 7:30 pm Temple New Tamid,936 Broad St, Bloomfield NJ 07003

Friday, April 13, 2007     

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Why HR 811's permanent funding of EAC is a giant "no-no" The truth: It won't matter if we get paper if white house appointees are put in charge. They can end run it any time they want, in any number of ways.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006 (2 comments)     

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Dear Black Box Voting: Letter from a concerned voter in Florida "My primary question is what are we going to do with all of this information that we are gathering?Do we have a legal strategy or plan?"

Monday, August 14, 2006     

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What YOU can do for election reform NOW Citizens are concerned. They want to know what they can do. Here's your chance to get started on meaningful elections reform action that will make a real difference in November.

Thursday, March 15, 2007     

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Riverside Rides Again... Tom Courbat is an ordinary guy who consistently commits extraodinary acts of citizenship along with several other salt-of-the-earth types who assemble in Riverside County, CA under the name "SAV R VOTE." They are part of a growing number of American citizens who have discovered that a handful of common-sense individuals can literally move mounains to improve election integrity.

Thursday, October 12, 2006     

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Dear Black Box Voting: How about these ideas for citizen actions? Re: parallel elections Being 100-200 feet from an elections office and taking the time to fill out the parallel election ballot and notarize it with the notes of why you weren't allowed to vote should represent great evidence for charges of voter disenfranchisement. It is no longer hearsay or a generality without specifices anymore.

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