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Why We Should Get Behind LAVA, the Emergency Paper Ballot Act

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I'm surprised at the reluctance of some to endorse LAVA

(the "Let America Vote Act," aka "the Emergency Paper Ballot Act." Officially, it's the "Confidence in Voting Act of 2006," an amendment to HAVA.)

To review:

There will be massive breakdowns in DRE equipment.

That will disenfranchise voters unless there is a paper alternative in the polls.

Objection: Those paper ballots will be counted on scanners

Answer: They will be anyhow. Repeat: 95% of paper ballots will be counted on scanners, with or without a LAVA bill.

Would you rather the votes be counted on a permanent record that is available for recount -- or not cast at all?

THAT is the immediate question.

Objection: Isn't LAVA just another example of placebo voting like Holt paper trails?

Answer: NO it isn't -- for all the reasons that a paper ballot is different than a paper trail, (and the electronic ballot it may or may not represent).

We can educate from now on that op scans are not a suitable answer. But they are better than no vote at all. People will only get 1 chance to vote on Nov. 7 2006.

We KNOW there is going to massive deliberate disenfranchisement aimed at all classes of voters who oppose Unitary Executive government.

We need as many of their votes as possible.

Remember, the fewer votes that are cast, the easier it is to rig an election. Why? Fewer votes to have to switch. Switching leaves patterns analytics can pick up.

The easiest of all ways to rig an election is to prevent the opposition from voting at all. Trainwrecks accomplish that.

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