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Call to action: Kill the bill that federalizes secret vote counting

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Dear Patriot,

As you'll remember, you signed a petition called the "Request by Voters" letter
last January2006 with other groups and individuals working to improve
Congressman Rush Holt's bill H.R. 811. Over 1,500 groups and individuals asked
for reasonable amendments, studies and modifications. We sent it to Congress;
they didn't listen.

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.

Thank you. Instructions and links for what to do next are below the signatures.

We the Patriots - an alliance of voting rights leaders opposed to counting votes
in secret.

- Black Box Voting
- NH Fair Elections Committee
- Tom Courbat - SAVE R VOTE,
- Judy Alter - Protect California Ballots
- Kat L'Estrange - Voting Rights Activist
- We Do Not Concede
- Abbe Waldman Delozier - Coordinators Council, Election Defense Alliance
- Vickie Karp Coalition for Visible Ballots
- Sally Castleman Election Defense Alliance
- Bruce O'Dell Election Defense Alliance

Call Congress for Open, Public Debate on HR 811
No secret vote counting, full public accountability
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
June 3, 2007
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Please take action once again. Send your Representative a fax or e-mail, then
follow up with a phone call. Then please click here to forward this action [
http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=nkagracab.0.itjksacab.oe9l9vbab.65&ts=S0254&p=http%3A%2F
%2Feaui.constantcontact.com%2Fsa%2Ffwtf.jsp%3Fm%3D1101317662862%26a%3D1101677134
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] on to others on your list(s). Thank you for speaking out for open debate, and open elections.

TO FIND CONTACT INFORMATION FOR YOUR OWN REPRESENTATIVE:

Open this link http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/ [
http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=nkagracab.0.akufracab.oe9l9vbab.65&ts=S0254&p=http%3A%2F
%2Fwww.congress.org%2Fcongressorg%2Fhome%2F
] enter your zipcode in the box that says "Write Your Officials," and click on your representative's name. Copy and paste the letter below, add your own words if you wish, enter your home city, sign your name, and send. Or, if you have a fax machine, FAXING a copy of your letter is even better!

Then, please follow your note with a phone call to your representative. For more
background on this bill's serious ills, and our alternative prescriptions for
electoral health, see the 811 Resource Page [
http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=nkagracab.0.mkufracab.oe9l9vbab.65&ts=S0254&p=http%3A%2F
%2Fwww.electiondefensealliance.org%2Fhr_811_holt_bill_resource_page
]
at Election Defense Alliance.

HERE IS A SAMPLE LETTER:

Dear Representative _____________:

We are contacting you because we do not want HR 811 to be fast-tracked. Our
voting system is too important an issue not to allow time for public debate. We are alarmed that this bill leaves far too many unacceptable vulnerabilities in our election process. We urge you NOT to support HR 811.

We must do better than HR 811.

This bill federalizes secret vote counting and invites -- rather than prevents
-- systemic corruption of our elections. We do not consent.

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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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