Please forward this urgent appeal to your lists. We have a deadline to meet.
We're drawing A Line in the Sand in San Diego. And we need YOUR help, to keep the tide from washing it away.
You've likely heard by now that our country's most hackable electronic voting machines were sent home with volunteer pollworkers in the days and weeks leading to San Diego County's June 6 Congressional runoff election. Although the machines became immediately uncertified, therefore illegal for use in the election, voting took place as planned.
San Diego County Registrar Mikel Haas disregarded new State and Federal emergency security mitigation requirements put in place by the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) Voting System Board and Bruce McPherson, California's Secretary of State.
Despite there being no way to determine who actually won the election, short of counting the paper ballots and paper trails, Brian Bilbray (R) was declared the winner and sworn into office.
Remember: San Diego was and remains a test case for the November elections. If we allow fatal compromise of the laws protecting our elections to go unchallenged, we can count on seeing more of it-multiplied thousandfold-in every state come November. Momentum is building to toss out the electronic voting machines. Government officials are our employees, not our bosses. Arise and Supervise!
Timelines are very tight for the few legal methods of calling elections into question. We need to raise money for legal fees. Specifically, we need $10,000 by Monday July 10 to retain our attorney.
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Those of us who are working long hours without pay to drag our democracy up the beach and attempt to revive it depend on occasional support like this. Please, let us know you're there and you care!
The CA-50 Committee
Statements of No Confidence have been issued in the San Diego Busby/Bilbray election by BradBlog, Progressive Democrats of America, California Election Protection Network, Velvet Revolution, Commonweal and the Election Defense Alliance and other groups. Lou Dobbs and conservative talk show host Roger Hitchcock have added their voices, as have Jeeni Crescenzo, John Bonifaz, Clint Curtis and more. (You can read them all here.) All are calling for a hand count of the paper ballots and paper trails.