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Become familiar with the resources available on this web site, and the sites listed above.

Prepare now to observe elections, or work at the polls, or on Election Day be a poll watcher who will go to a polling place, monitor what happens there, educate voters about their rights, and observe handling of the ballots once cast.

Donate money to support the work of the activists who maintain the web sites above and work on election integrity.

If you talk with someone who doesn't know about this issue, ask them to visit this web site and try the Fraudulent Voting Machine. Then go to the other web sites listed above, get familiar with what is going on, and join in.

Find the organization in your state that is working on this, and give them your time, money, and connections.

If you are a member of a civil rights or good government organization that does not support verified elections and oppose electronic voting, please call them and ask them to inform themselves and take the right position on this issue. As time has passed, we have learned that all electronic voting systems are seriously flawed and unsuitable for use. Yet our older good government groups have lagged behind in dealing with this issue. This includes Leadership Council for Civil Rights, Common Cause, ACLU, People for the American Way, Center for American Progress, the National League of Women Voters, and most voter-access advocates who still don't know that electronic voting will give them access to a vote that may not be counted. Please try to inform them.

Stay informed. Alternative news sources include Center for American Progress , Think Progress , Crisis Papers , Wired.com , and many others. Introduction to E-Voting by Kim Zetter of Wired News provides an overview.

HAVA and Your State

HAVA must be implemented at the state level. Each state is dealing with HAVA requirements for voting machines in its own way.

1. What is your state doing?

2. What is the decision-making procedure?

3. Who will choose the voting machines? Is that person or group concerned with security? Are they informed about the problems with electronic voting machines?

4. Has the decision-making process been covered in your local news media?

5. Are local citizens involved?

6. Have the decisions already been made?

7. What voting machines will be used in next year's election?

To get answers, contact your local or state Board of Elections, your local or state elected officials (such as your state legislators), your Governor's office (they may refer you to the Secretary of State's office), or the League of Women Voters.

It may take two or three phone calls to get answers. The harder it is, the more important it is to call your local newspapers and other news media and ask them to cover the story.

When you speak with people, ask them how they are involved, and how you can get involved to make sure that the voting machines acquired for use in your state are secure and that appropriate security procedures will be used.

Local Level

The same local Board of Elections, elected officials, and League of Women Voters can tell you what is happening on the local level. Local governments can pass resolutions and lobby the state. An example is Resolution 1301 submitted by Council Member Bill Perkins on the last day of the 2005 City Council.

Inform local individuals and organizations and work with them to keep on raising this issue.

Personal Level

Only an informed, vocal public can make a difference! Inform yourself by reading . After you read, discuss the issue with others because discussion sharpens your thinking and informs others.

Many people still don't know about HAVA, the security problems with the electronic voting machines, or that the states have bought them, or are buying them now.

Computer security means more than safety from hackers. It means that the results of normal operation have been proven correct by independent audit. This simple concept is recognized by all computer systems in use today in commerce, industry, or government--except electronic voting machines!

This web site was created to warn people that inauditable or unaudited electronic voting systems are insecure. The danger is that these machines prevent people from detecting and correcting both innocent and intentional errors, as well as hacking attacks. As a result, voters are forced to accept election results for which there will always be doubt about the legitimacy of the final tallies.

In all other computer systems, independent audit must prove the accuracy of both:
--the recording of input data
--the processing results
In voting systems, this means the ballots cast and the final tallies.

Bring up this subject with your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, church, school, person sitting next to you on the bus, political club, teacher, good government organization, work-out partner at the gym, community board, school board, PTA, tenants organization, food coop, local bulletin board, librarian, book store, discussion group, yoga class, bartender, person behind you in line, dance class, hair dresser.

Lobby your governmental officials by calling on the telephone and sending letters, emails, and faxes. They run this country for you. Tell them about the issue, ask them what they can do to make sure that if your state uses electronic voting machines, the machines have voter-verifiable capability.


What can we do about our state's rush to buy voting machines that count the ballots in secret and prevent recounts, or which produce a paper audit trail that no board of elections intends to look at? Talk to everyone. Provide information. Express your opinion. Work with others.

Democracy is a form of government that requires citizens to participate - inform yourself, think for yourself, and voice your opinion. If you don't voice your opinion, someone else will claim to speak for you.

Voting is the ultimate way to voice your opinion, but it takes more than voting to maintain democracy.

Remember that if you don't participate in your own self-government, you will be subject to what your government does anyway. If laws are passed without your knowledge, you will be subject to their enforcement anyway.

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