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masmdu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 12:20 PM
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Just Voted ..."Under Protest" ...Easy to do, You should to
I just voted "under protest" in our local elections (greensboro, NC) as our voting is done on computer voting machines without a voter-verifiable voter trail.

When you check-in to vote tell the clerk that you want to vote "under protest" and they will give you a special form to fill out to explain why. This in turn will be presented to the election board.

On my form I commented on the John Hopkins/Rice studies about the vunerabilities of computer only voting systems and refered them to Russ Holt's House Resolution 2239 (making paper trails mandatory) for additional information.

If everybody who votes were to do this it would in effect be a non-ballot referendum on the voting systems used....

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LuminousX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 12:22 PM
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1. I didn't know you could do that
That is awesome. Everyone should do this. If enough people do it, then it turns into a vote of no confidence in the election system.
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masmdu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 12:43 PM
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7. Exactly!!
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rucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 12:23 PM
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2. Very Cool
didn't know you could do that.

Please post on www.bbvreport.org California voters should know this option.
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masmdu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 12:41 PM
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5. Im heading out to work....feel free to repost this over there.
Edited on Tue Oct-07-03 12:42 PM by masmdu
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 12:23 PM
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3. Thank you! At least we can do that. I hope it leads somewhere!
:toast:
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candy331 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 12:36 PM
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4. Thanks!
I will spread this to all I can.
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wabeewoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 12:42 PM
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6. Question
Is there anyone doing exit polling??
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masmdu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 12:43 PM
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8. Nope...not at my polling place
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 12:50 PM
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9. Great idea
kick
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qb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 12:56 PM
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10. My suggestion: When making the request, speak loudly
and explain exactly why you are voting under protest (for the benefit of the other voters in line).
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ElsewheresDaughter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 01:00 PM
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11. when you vote "under protest"..your vote is put in a special envelope and
Edited on Tue Oct-07-03 01:01 PM by ElsewheresDaughter
NOT counted unless the election is close or tied....that's how it is in NY anyway
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rucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 01:07 PM
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12. Crikey! I guess we should all check...
our local election laws first.
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qb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 01:12 PM
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13. How conveeeenient . For 2004 we should push absentee ballots.
It should publicized in touch screen precincts that the only way your vote can be securely recorded is on an absentee ballot. If they are inundated with absentee ballots, that will send a huge message about how much people trust paperless systems.
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