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jen4clark Donating Member (812 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-27-05 08:34 AM
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Successful election campaigns are sated, squelched and nourished by grassroots efforts.

Grassroots are planted in and sprouted from the soil of election integrity.

The heartbeat of any election, or any election integrity issue, is vote tabulation THE COUNTINGand yet, it is curiously the most disregarded topic, virtually absent from todays legislative and public conversation on election reform. On the other hand, the CASTING of the vote has been addressed ad infinitum, and is covered in my study as well. But it is the COUNTING that all Americans need to be better informed about electronic vote tabulation is but one of the perpetrators quietly placing Americas representative democracy on the endangered species list...in peril of extinction.

Despite the fact that many states constitutions guarantee that vote counting be a transparent and publicly observable function, when HAVA ushered us into digital-invisible votes, many simply accepted that loss of transparency with an apathetic shrug. For the first time in history, the American electorate has lost the ability to observe the counting of the ballots...as in many cases there are no more ballots.

At times like these when voter confidence is eroding on a downslide scale parallel to George Bushs approval numbersthe vital question becomes;

Whos counting your vote, and how?

-snip-

For clarification, the website linked to this diary is the result of nearly one year of careful, painstaking research and compiling. Its no whimsical, baseless theorizing, but is instead an in-depth 16 Chapter overview of election integrity or lack thereof, present in our current election systems. And as such, is a non-partisan issue.

I am indeed shouting FIRE!! in the proverbial crowded theatre....but there is in fact smoke rising from the rafters and sparks spotted in the loges. So I cant be arrested. First Amendments spoiled brat exception to the rule. Proceed with caution--
Guaranteed; you will emerge from this read with your hair on fire.
Prepare the extinguishers.

Whats Inside:


There is detailed, backed up information within covering everything from the close-up profiles of nine prominent election systems corporations -- their Board members and affiliations -- to the technology of the tabulation systems, explained in a laymans non-geek fashion. There are chapters offering the many case examples of glitches from this past Presidential election and those prior; lists of Information Technology specialists on board to completely overhaul the systems as they exist; extensively chronicled Defense and Intelligence connections to elections over the yearsof particular interest given our involvement in multiple national wars; comparisons of election solutions employed by other countries; documented multi-pronged attempts at voter disenfranchisement; Congressional bills and arguments over paper trails; studies of polls and polling examined; and a look at the current search for solutions-- from the low-tech practical Parallel Elections, to promoting Open Source Code, to insisting on paper ballot random hand recounts, and more.

There is even an entire chapter devoted to the examination of Conspiracy Theorists over the ages, who they were and are, and how to separate the wheat from the chaff. There are stirring, juicy anecdotes, rivaling any good Sopranos episode, of corporate crime, murder, suicide and mayhem surrounding the players...The election business never being as benign or dull as it appears on its surface.

Raison Detre

My goal in writing this was first to comb through the archives of everything available on the subject, cull the most credible sources, and assemble it all into one user-friendly format so readers might draw their own conclusions.

My other goal was to embody the spirit of the Town Crier, minus the velvet knickers, and plunk myself onto this busy cyber street corner clang my virtual bell, crying out-- Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

Please refer this website link to anyone who may be interested in the subject. Or to anyone not interested. And to all those undecideds in between. In other words, grab your bell and join me in being the Town Crier.

Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! Whos counting your vote?



-Read the complete intro to Who's Counting at:

http://securingamerica.com/ccn/node/1172

-OR-

proceed directly to 'Who's Counting'
website at:
http://www.whoscounting.net /

Thanks to ms in la for putting her heart and soul into this project for the past 10 months.

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