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March 7, 2006

The People's Filibuster to Save the Vote Continues: Come Join Us!

By Coalition for Voting Integrity

CVI members and other concerned citizens have been gathering for an hour every weekday from noon to 1pm to remind passersby that we are coming up on another County Commissioners' meeting and that now is the time for our voices to be heard. We are continuing the filibuster until the Commissioners' meeting on Wednesday, 3/15.

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The People's Filibuster to Save the Vote Continues

We Are Raising Awareness at This Most Crucial Time to Save Our Vote!

The Bucks County Commissioners will be meeting again on Wednesday, March 15. There have been rumors that they will decide which voting system we will be voting on in 2006.

We have not given up! The People's Filibuster to Save the Vote is still going on in Doylestown in front of the courthouse. Map here.

CVI members and other concerned citizens have been gathering for an hour every weekday from noon to 1pm to remind passersby that we are coming up on another County Commissioners' meeting and that now is the time for our voices to be heard. We are continuing the filibuster until the Commissioners' meeting on Wednesday, 3/15.

Filibuster Schedule:

3/6 - 3/10: noon - 1pm

3/13, 3/14: noon - 5pm

3/15: 10am in the hour before the Commissioners' Meeting

What Can You Do?

1. Join the Filibuster: Please take some time to get to Doylestown during the scheduled times to join the filibuster effort. The bigger the crowd, the bigger the impact we make with passersby who have yet to take action. Plus it's fun to talk to people who are informed on the issue of eVoting. You aren't alone!

2. If you can't make it to the courthouse, then please write a letter to the editor of your local paper. Take a minute to educate your fellow citizens on the importance of a voter-verified paper ballot. Without one, we simply have no way of knowing if our vote was recorded properly.

You can read some previously published letters at the CVI site, here.

You can get addresses of your local media outlets here.

3. Please make a donation to CVI. We need funds to pursue our lawsuit against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The details of the suit are here, but one of the main arguments is that certification standards in PA are inconsistent and therefore invalid. This is the suit that the country has been waiting for. Please help us continue to pursue it. Make a donation here.

4. If you live in Bucks County, please call the Commissioners to let them know what you think. No Paper, No Proof, No Way!

Voter-verified paper ballots are coming. It is inevitable. It is fiscally irresponsible to decide to wait for the laws to pass and then spend good money re-fitting paperless machines. It is throwing money away not to choose a system that is already capable of providing a voter-verified paper ballot. Bucks County taxpayers do not have money they can throw away. Let the Commissioners know how you feel.

Contact information here.

Thank you for all you do!

Keep up the fight!

Coalition for Voting Integrity
Coalition for Voting Integrity
email: bucks.voter.verified.paper.ballots@gmail.com
web: http://coalitionforvotingintegrity.org

Submitter: Joan Brunwasser

Submitters Website: http://www.opednews.com/author/author79.html

Submitters Bio:

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 transparency and the ability to accurately check and authenticate the vote cast, these systems can alter election results and therefore are simply antithetical to democratic principles and functioning.


Since the pivotal 2004 Presidential election, Joan has come to see the connection between a broken election system, a dysfunctional, corporate media and a total lack of campaign finance reform. This has led her to enlarge the parameters of her writing to include interviews with whistle-blowers and articulate others who give a view quite different from that presented by the mainstream media. She also turns the spotlight on activists and ordinary folks who are striving to make a difference, to clean up and improve their corner of the world. By focusing on these intrepid individuals, she gives hope and inspiration to those who might otherwise be turned off and alienated. She also interviews people in the arts in all their variations - authors, journalists, filmmakers, actors, playwrights, and artists. Why? The bottom line: without art and inspiration, we lose one of the best parts of ourselves. And we're all in this together. If Joan can keep even one of her fellow citizens going another day, she considers her job well done.

When Joan hit one million page views, OEN Managing Editor, Meryl Ann Butler interviewed her, turning interviewer briefly into interviewee. Read the interview here.


While the news is often quite depressing, Joan nevertheless strives to maintain her mantra: "Grab life now in an exuberant embrace!"

Joan has been Election Integrity Editor for OpEdNews since December, 2005. Her articles also appear at Huffington Post, RepublicMedia.TV and Scoop.co.nz.

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