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Why I am for HCPB (hand counted paper ballots)

By Sheila Parks, Boston voting activist  Posted by Joan Brunwasser (about the submitter)       (Page 1 of 1 pages)   No comments
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Here are some of my problems with "mandatory random audits" of op scans (the Holt Bill) and why I am for hand counted paper ballots (HCPB):

- The audit would have to be 100% = and then, the machines and the HCPB would be audits for each other. And then why bother with the machines? They cost us so much money. They build the coffers of the Republicans. They are rigged. What is there good about them? Unless there was a 100% hand count, I would be opposed. And then we come full circle, again, why bother with the machines? To placate? I am not interested in placating these psychopathic, immoral, deranged criminals that are running and ruining this country and our beautiful planet Earth.

- I have a doctorate degree and I have been working against the e-voting machines for four years now at least, and I do not understand the percentages and how that will work. And if I don't, I don't thinkfeel any ordinary citizen, registered voter will either. Nor will the people who run the elections. And unless we send mathematicians and statisticians around the country explaining to everyone on election night how to do these audits - or even before election night - I don't see how they will get done in the first place. My most important point here being that I believe it is crucial that every plain Jane and plain John on the street understand perfectly, easily and effortlessly exactly what our voting process is. I don't think that is possible with the mandatory random audits, as I have tried to elaborate on above.

- Who will make sure they are random?

- How will random be defined?

- Since the elections are rigged on purpose, why would these audits be done? Certainly not because they are the law.

- I have had it explained to me, but I cannot duplicate it here, that rigging can get around any percentage of audits

- I totally trust what some election reform statisticians and mathematicians have said about the machines. And other computer techies I know who are not political activists have also spoken to me about the machines and the rigging. I think the audits give some semblance of credibility to the machines and I am totally opposed to that for every reason.

- The Harri Hursti and Hugh Thompson hacks put the op scans with audits to rest for me, in a very final way.(Not that I was not at that point anyhow; but they were the computer scientist experts and they hacked the machines and then said what they said. I do not understand what others think about what Hursti has said and still opt for these audits. This is a real question

- I do think they will give a false sense of security and even worse. Let's just say Holt gets out of committee. And they rig the elections and they do the audits in some rigged way and then WE complain, of course. And then they say - look at that, we give them what they want and they still are not happy. What poor losers they really are. What do we do then? Because that is the exact scenario I envision.

- The machines have at least two purposes as I see it: to rig the elections and to make the companies billions of dollars. Do you think they will give that up, still using the machines?

- Nothing I have read anywhere makes me thinkfeel there would be or could be an honest random audit that would really work

- I fear the Supreme Court will intervene again and name a person who was not elected to office to be the president

- I am a great believer in asking for what I want. I have learned both spiritually and emotionally, that is the only way I am going to get it. Therefore, I am asking for HCPB

- Finally, I really don't understand how these audits are going in the right direction.For me, it presupposes that we are working within an honest system with honest people who really want to make sure our elections are honest. When we start out with something that is rigged - the machines - and on purpose - how could the audits possibly be done in any good way?

Sheila Parks is a voting activist in Boston. She can be reached at Sheila.Parks@verizon.net.
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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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