Volunteers are needed on the ground in states where there are recounts [MI, WI, PA and NV] AND for projects that can be done from anywhere, via the internet and phone.Most of us are missing work and dipping into savings in order to do what we believe needs to be done now. Donating what you can, to help us pay our experts for travel or lodgings, makes a real difference and expands our ability to oversee these crucial recounts.
Thank you for signing up to volunteer. Volunteers are needed on the ground in states where there are recounts AND for projects that can be done from anywhere, via the internet and phone.
If you want to be an observer for the presidential recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan, or Pennsylvania, the Stein campaign is organizing those observers. Please volunteer through them by going to one of these links:
For Michigan Volunteers
For Pennsylvania Volunteers
For Wisconsin Volunteer
On-the-ground volunteers will likely also be needed in Nevada and possibly other places as well. Please keep your eye on your email for updates.
If you'd like to volunteer in other ways from wherever you are, I'd love to get you connected to a project. But first ...
Will you tell us a little more about yourself:
What are your skills?
What are your interests?
How do you envision your interaction with this recount? For example, now much time do you have available to dedicate?
Please reply to this message with your answers. It will help me get you connected to a project that you can make the most difference with.
In 2004 I was an observer for the presidential recount here in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. There were lots of volunteers, the problem was that we were inexperienced and didn't know what to look for. It turns out that the recount here was fraudulent (there were trials and people were sentenced to prison). The precincts that we recounted not only were not randomly chosen--they were presorted ("recounted") before the recount ever started! The Board of Elections put on a good show, and we, in our ignorance, bought it.
RecountNow's goal is to make sure this doesn't happen again. We want to make sure each board of elections proceeds with the recounts accurately. We've had some setbacks in all three states, but there is still much that we can learn even in the counties that are recounting by machine.
Our primary focus at this time is to get experienced eyes on the ground in the recount states. We have a handful of people on the ground now and are mobilizing more. These are people who have been a part of the election integrity movement for years, have been through recounts before, have interacted with the companies that count our ballots, and know what to look out for. So fundraising is one of our greatest needs.
Right now, while you're waiting to be connected to a project, you can help out by sharing the link to our website (www.recountnow.org) with your friends, share us on social media (like us at facebook.com/recountnow and on follow us on Twitter @recountnow).
Also, I've started a Facebook Group just for Volunteers, it's a temporary way to get people connected to projects and urgent needs. Please send me a request here.
Please reply right away to this email with answers to the questions above, so we can welcome you into a project.
Finally, if you or someone you know, could help us financially it would help us the most right now. Most of us are missing work and dipping into savings in order to do what we believe needs to be done now. Donating whatever you can, to help us pay our experts for travel or lodgings, makes a real difference in our lives and expands our ability to oversee these crucial recounts.
Thank you again for your support and I look forward to hearing back from you,
for the RecountNow Steering Committee
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.