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The Count starts in 48 hours: Instructions for Protect the Count

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The Count starts in 48 hours: Instructions for Protect the Count

Posted by Bev Harris  on Sunday, November 2, 2008 - 3:14 pm:

Black Box Voting was asked by YouTube to prepare an easy to follow
public education program for Protecting the Count on ELECTION NIGHT
and the days that follow. We also collaborated with
and Election Defense Alliance. YouTube has created a Channel called
Video Your Vote. 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!

1. Protect the Count - most locations in America(4 min)
Takes 90 minutes on Election Night. You can even go out after polls
have closed. Please also view video # 3, because it shows what to look
for to identify tampered poll tapes and the kinds of small errors on
tapes that can appear with memory card tampering. Upload any video you
take to - Post link or comments for what
you found in the state and jurisdiction at

2. Protect the Count - Absentee / Central Count (8 min)
(Applies to 13 states with CENTRALLY COUNTED ballots and/or HEAVY
These are the most challenging Protect the Count locations.

3. Protect the Count - New England / New Hampshire(5 min)
If you live anywhere in New England and can drive to any voting
machine location in New Hampshire to observe and video poll closing,
please do so. If you live anywhere in America that has polling place
results tapes, please look at this video to see what tampered tapes
look like.
Contact Protect the Count - New Hampshire organizers at
You can view the list for which New Hampshire locations use voting
machines here:

4. Protect the Count - New York (9 min)
New Yorkers are probably in the best shape for Election 2008, but not
for long. This shows the details of how the counting of the lever
machines proceeds after polls close, and gives you the details of the
fight New Yorkers will have on your hands in 2009.

We're counting on you to be as proactive as possible to fight for your
voting rights. The actions in the Protect the Count series are
self-serve, simple to do, and designed for just grabbing a neighbor or
a buddy and taking action. Don't worry about blanketing every area or
organizing the whole state. Don't worry about redundant efforts -- the
more the merrier! Just pick a place and DO it. I guarantee it will be
a fascinating and important experience, and could provide THE crucial
evidence in the very undesirable event that the election turns out not
to be fair.

Bev Harris
Founder - Black Box Voting

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Bev Harris is executive director of Black Box Voting, Inc. an advocacy group committed to restoring citizen oversight to elections.
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