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Due Today: My Indignant, Open Letter to House Committee Regarding HR 811

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I understand that the public is being put through yet more hoops to make our
voices heard. I wrote an OpEd piece at OpEdNews Wednesday telling everyone to let Congress know that we do not want more legislation that does not deal sufficiently with the mess made by HAVA. Thousands of people complied. Now, it turns out that it will not be put in the record unless we all take yet another step. Is this simply an unwieldy bureaucracy at work?

Study after study has shown that there are serious flaws with electronic voting.
The companies themselves have deceived the public and the certification system
is way below par. Making the EAC, which has done nothing productive thus far,
permanent is dangerous. Four presidential appointees in an administration
marred by the very partisan nature of every appointment? I don't think so.
Even if it were a more even-handed administration, it would still be a bad idea.
Originally, the EAC was supposed to sunset by now. What happened? Are we
rewarding them for the spectacularly bad job they've done? "Heck of a job, EAC!"

If you choose to ignore the actions of all of those people who took the time to
notify you yesterday about our concern, let it be on all of your heads. We will
all pay the price in even lower voter confidence and more questionable
elections. Do you want yet another disputed Presidential race? Our country
can't afford it.

There are numerous serious problems with HR 811: the unfunded mandate for
technology which does not yet exist, the refusal to ban DREs and insufficient
audits are a few. Whyever would you all be in a hurry to compound past mistakes
with new ones? We definitely need election reform, but not ANY election reform.
That's what HAVA was supposed to do and look where it got us.

I understand that anyone not emailing you (janelle.hu@mail.house.gov) by end of
business today will be rendered mute. That is a great pity. Please enter my email (and everyone else's messages whether faxed, emailed or phoned in) to let Congress know what the public really thinks about this important legislation.

Joan Brunwasser, voting integrity editor, OpEdNews

In my fax, I included two articles: "Elections ex-officials get 18-month senteces - convicted of rigging '04 county recount' by James F. McCarty, Plain Dealer Reporter, March 14, 2007 and a BradBlog article from March 24, 2007: Breaking FL-13: New undisclosed letter of agreement from ES&S to State unearthed! Terms of "independent" State Run Audit, Source Code Review dictated by voting machine company to Florida State Election Director prior to tests of failed touch-screen voting systems from contested Jennings/Buchanan

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Joan Brunwasser is a co-founder of Citizens for Election Reform (CER) which since 2005 existed for the sole purpose of raising the public awareness of the critical need for election reform. Our goal: to restore fair, accurate, transparent, secure elections where votes are cast in private and counted in public. Because the problems with electronic (computerized) voting systems include a lack of (more...)

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