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Glenview (IL) Town Hall Meeting: How to "Fix" Our Elections Friday 1/4/08

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Which of these issues do you have time to work on?
* The Iraq War.
* Ideological violence ("terrorism").
* Nuclear disarmament.
* Global warming.
* Gender equality.
* Immigration reform.
* Civil rights.
* Corporate crime.
* Public education.
* Public health.
* Disaster preparedness/relief.
* National debt.

The answer is: All of them.

Whichever of these issues are your top priorities, there's another, underlying issue that's essential to accomplishing them: fair elections.

So when you spend time helping to ensure that elections are fair, you are simultaneously working on all of the above issues.

Without elections that are fair, our representatives have no incentive to address any of the pressing needs of the average citizen, other than sheer survival--and sometimes not even that.

Without elections that are fair, we have not only "taxation without representation," but "government without accountability."

Elections have always been problematic, not only in third-world nations, but also in America.  But now that electronic voting machines have arrived on the scene, the deterioration of election security and integrity has only accelerated.

It's now become so bad that even federal legislators are going through the motions of addressing the problems.

Yet, the problems persist.

Why is that?

Because the process of fashioning, reviewing, and passing such legislation is itself flawed.

Like much federal legislation today, election legislation has been poorly thought out, and even corrupted for mercenary or partisan gain.

On Friday, January 4, we'll review one of the voting-machine features that have been exploited to skew the results of elections.  We'll then discuss the issues with two Illinois State representatives who are working to correct election abuses: Rep. Elaine Nekritz and Rep. Mike Boland.

Is true reform possible?  What would it look like?

Come find out.  And learn about the most powerful force for transforming our society: the will of the common citizen, expressed through free and fair elections.


WHAT:  Town Hall meeting on election-reform legislation.

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