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December 11, 2006

Fixing Tennessee's Voting Problems -- you can help

By Press Release

The following is an invitation to an important meeting to be held in Nashville tomorrow evening (Tuesday, December 12) regarding the integrity of our voting process and what we must do to protect and preserve it. Tennessee was in the national news this past election day for widespread voting problems, including long lines, lost registrations, voting machine "glitches" and many other problems.

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Fixing Tennessee's voting problems -- you can help > > The following is an invitation to an important meeting to be held in Nashville tomorrow evening regarding the integrity of our voting process and what we must do to protect and preserve it. Tennessee was in the national news this past election day for widespread voting problems, including long lines, lost registrations, voting machine "glitches" and many other problems. Two counties -- Hawkins and Greene -- had an almost universal failure of thier new voting equipment and, in Nashville, people had to wait as long as six hours to be able to vote because of the inefficiency and unreliability of the new voting equipment foisted on us by election officials who should know better (but strangely do not). > > On Tuesday, a meeting will be held in east Nashville (where the longest lines occurred) to discuss problems with our current voting systems, and what we can do to fix them. If you experienced problems and/or want to show your support for free, fair and verifiable elections, please attend the meeting. If you can't come but you want to weigh in with problems you experience or which were reported in your own area (even if you are not from Tennessee), please take a few minutes to write up your experience and email it to Holly Quick (hollyv7@juno.com) and Martha Wetteman (jpowers8916@charter.net). Your experiences will be read into the record at this important meeting. > > Hope to see you there!! Now here are the details about Tuesday's meeting: > ------- > Your Stories Needed - Election Day November 2006 > > Despite the tireless work of voting rights advocates and the good intentions > of local election officials, the November 7, 2006 election in Nashville had > many serious problems. Lines up to five hours long, voting locations being > changed, machines which broke down- Nashville and Tennessee can do much > better than this. And we need these problems FIXED before the next election. > > To help ensure our democratic rights, we invite all voters and election > officials who experienced any of these problems to come to the East Branch > of the Nashville Public Library on Tuesday, December 12 at 6:00 p.m. and > tell us about them. You may speak or write what happened on forms available > at the meeting. > > The information collected will be submitted to state and local officials > with the power to make changes for the better. Come tell us what happened > and what a great election should look like! > > Nashville November 2006- What Went Wrong? What Needs to be Fixed? > > Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2006 > Place: East Nashville Branch, Nashville Public Library > 206 Gallatin Road (across from East Literature Magnet > School) > 862-5807 > Time: 6:00 to 7:45 p.m. > Sponsors: Common Cause of Tennessee/ Gathering to Save our Democracy > > Space is limited, so come early. >

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