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What are you willing to do to save the last transparent voting system in the US?

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Dear friends,

The fight to save the Last Transparent Electoral System in America is really heating up now. Various factions across the state are coming together to stand up and say NO to replacing our reliable transparent lever voting system with a concealed software-based system that denies our constitutional right to a secure vote and will cost us millions over and above the money the federal government has allotted. At a time of economic crisis, when the State’s finances are frozen, the counties – which means the citizens- should not be told to come up with additional millions to pay for a voting system we don’t want and don’t need.

As things heat up, the work load increases and we need more of you to help. I heard this quote as part of the Obama festivities and it says what I’m trying to say now:

“A nation is formed by the willingness of each of us to share in the responsibility for upholding the common good. A government is invigorated when each one of us is willing to participate in shaping the future of this nation. … Let each person do his or her part. If one citizen is unwilling to participate, all of us are going to suffer. For the American idea, though it is shared by all of us, is realized in each one of us.” --Barbara Jordan 1976 Keynote Address

I wrote this article to demonstrate what a transparent, theft-deterring voting system looks like. It’s what we’ve had in New York for centuries and what we’re about to lose unless we all band together. We can save New York and lift the rest of the nation. See We can’t rely on landslides to win elections (you really think he won by only 53% of the vote? and how would you know if the count was invisible?).



Re-Media Election Transparency Coalition,


1) We need to start raising money. Litigation & organizing a State is expensive. Please go to and donate.

2) Get Resolutions Passed by Your County Legislature or City Council. Go to our blog for a letter to copy and paste with contact information. Then follow up with phone calls. Make it happen in your county!

3) Circulate the Petition more widely than you have before.

4) Volunteer! Contact Joanne Lukacher at to do one of the following:

A) Work on creating a list of media contacts (just some time on the computer).

B) Fundraising- there’s a variety of tasks one could take on here. Start by directing people to our blog.

C) Distributing information to media, blogs, press releases.

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