This is a long email - but very important. We have tried to make it
easy for you to contact the members of two groups that will be meeting
this week and next. The members of these groups need to hear from
thousands of voters across Tennessee so our call for secure elections in
Tennessee cannot be ignored. Both of these groups will have a strong
influence on whether legislation is passed early in 2008 mandating
voter-verifiable paper ballots and random mandatory recounts - in time
for the November 2008 presidential election.
Tennessee is one of the last states that allows electronic voting on
machines with NO paper ballot. Without paper ballots that have been
marked by the voter (to be counted in a mandatory audit) there is no way
to know that the electronic voting machine recorded your vote accurately.
*First, TACIR, the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental
Relations, is meeting this Wednesday, December 12, in Room 29 of
Legislative Plaza. *
*Secondly, a group of legislators, the **Study Committee on Voter
Confidence, is meeting on December 18, also in Room 29, Legislative
Plaza*. Based on the report and recommendation they receive from
TACIR, this Study Committee will voice their own recommendation about
the Voter Confidence Act, legislation we support that would require
voter-verifiable paper ballots and random audits.
**CALL* **members of _TACIR_* *before* *they meet on December 12*.
Click here for the
phone numbers and email addresses.
If you cannot call, send an email but do it soon!
*EMAIL **members of the _Legislative Study Committee_ *before* they meet
December 18.* Click here for the names and email addresses for these
*Tell the members of both groups that we need voter-verifiable paper
ballots and mandatory random audits for the November 2008 election. *
/I urge you to recommend legislation that will mandate that all voting
equipment used in TN provides a voter-verifiable paper ballot and post
election audits. Only if these two measures are enacted can the
integrity of our franchise be secured. The time for a decision is now if
we are to protect our votes before November, 2008. I urge you to do the
/1) Accept the TACIR staff report, "Trust But Verify" that outlines the
compelling problems with paperless voting, and offers strong
recommendations that would correct these problems./