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Amaryllis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 09:48 AM
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ACTION! Election officials for sale to the highest bidder. Speak out!
This is a very important action item. The incestuous nature of the relationship between vendors and election officials is outrageous.

http://www.votersunite.org/takeaction/alert061905.htm
From Voters Unite:

Ask your county election director a question -- will they be attending the Election Center's Annual National Conference?

This summer county, state, and national elections officials will be heading to Hollywood and Beverly Hills to enjoy four days of fun and sun sponsored, in part, by their friends at Diebold, Sequoia and ES&S. Yes, that's right. Diebold is co-sponsoring the "Welcome Reception"; ES&S is co-sponsoring the "Graduation Luncheon and Awards Ceremony" and Sequoia is co-sponsoring a Thursday evening dinner and dance.

This gathering is NOT a weekend or even a long weekend. This gathering is done during the work week while those officials are being paid by their counties or states, that is, the tax payer. So while they are on the clock, being paid by us, they will be enjoying the hospitality of the voting machine vendors who will be plying them with misinformation and free meals, snacks, and drink.

The list of speakers at this event is stunning in its absurdity. There is no one to speak the truth about voter verified paper ballots. Instead our elections officials who attend will get to hear from ousted Palm Beach Director of Elections Theresa LePore. Attendees will get to hear about "Challenged Elections and Recounts" from the King County, Washington Auditor whose county's elections were woefully mismanaged in November.

Many states have made it illegal for any elected official or employee to receive ANY gifts from vendors. Are any employees of your county elections office, or your county elections director, going to attend this corporate sponsored gathering? Send them an email asking. Let them know you think it's a conflict of interest. Include their bosses, county commissioners, and/or state elections directors, in the email so everyone knows what will be going on. Let the media know that this event is a potential ethics problem.

The schedule of events is below.

Thanks,
~ The VotersUnite.Org team
--------------------------------------------------

***Tentative SCHEDULE OF EVENTS***

Tuesday, August 9, 2005

8:00-9:00 Class Registration--(Separate Registration For Classes Required)

9:00-4:30 Class #11 History I Instructor: Steve Brown, Ph.D.
Class #12History II Instructor: Robert Montjoy, Ph.D.
Class #14Crisis Management in Voter Registration and Elections
Instructor: Keenan Grenell, Ph.D.
Class #18Conflict Management in Voter Registration and Elections
Instructor: Christa Slaton, Ph.D.

12:00-1:30Lunch (Students only)

Wednesday, August 10, 2005
8:00- 11:00 Courses #11, #12, #14 and #18 Continued
1:00-5:00 Committee Meetings Others TBA
1:00-5:00 Educational Exhibit Area Open
3:00-4:00 Elections Legislative Committee
4:00-8:00 Registration Desk Open
6:00-7:30 Welcome Reception
Co-Sponsored by: Diebold Election Systems

Thursday, August 11, 2005
8:00-5:00 Registration Desk Open
8:30-9:00 Continental Breakfast
8:00-5:00 Educational Exhibit Area Open

9:00-9:30 Welcome/Announcements
*Conny McCormack,
Los Angeles County Registrar-Clerk-Recorder
*Doug Lewis, CERA,
Executive Director, The Election Center
*Ernest Hawkins,
CERA, Program Chair, The Election Center

9:30-10:30 Help America Vote Act
Guidelines for Voting System Standards
*Commissioner Ray Martinez,
Election Assistance Commission (invited)
*Someone from NIST (TBA)

10:30-11:00 Educational Exhibits/Break

11:00-12:00 Election Assistance Commission
Discussion of Projects and Activities
*Commissioner Ray Martinez,
Election Assistance Commission (invited)

12:00-12:30National Voter Registration and Elections News
*Dick Smolka, Publisher, Election Administration Reports

12:30-2:00 No-host lunch

2:00-2:05 Ethical Dilemma Presentation
*Debra Blanton, CERA,
Chair Standards and Ethics, The Election Center

2:05-3:30 Professional Practices Presentations and the winner is
*Janis Womack, CERA,
Best Practices Chair, The Election Center

3:30-4:00 Educational Exhibits/Break

4:00-4:30 Voter Registration and Elections Legislation
*Beverly Kaufman, CERA
*Ron Chaney
Co Chairs, The Election Centers Legislative Committee

4:30-5:30 Educational Exhibits

7:00-10:00 Dinner/dance
Co-Sponsored by: Sequoia Voting Systems

Friday, August 12, 2005
8:00-3:00 Registration Desk Open
8:00-12:00Educational Exhibit Area Open
8:30-9:00 Continental Breakfast

9:00-10:15Concurrent Discussion Groups
Breakout #1Ethical Dilemma Discussion
*Debra Blanton, CERA, Chair Standards and Ethics,
The Election Center
Breakout #2Election Reform Task Report
*Kevin Kennedy, CERA, Executive Director,
Wisconsin Board of Elections
Breakout #3Vote Centers
*Scott Doyle, Larimer County Clerk and Recorder
Breakout #4Challenged Elections and Recounts
*Dean Logan, CERA, King County Elections Director

10:15-10:45Educational Exhibits/Break
10:45-12:30Concurrent Discussion Groups
Breakout #1State Certification Programs
*Tom Wilkey, Former Executive Director, New York State
Board of Elections
Breakout #2 Provisional Ballots
*Keith Cunningham, Allen County Director of Elections
Breakout #3Early (Advance) Voting
*Kathy Rogers, CERA, Georgia Director of Elections
Breakout #4 Outreach
*Theresa LePore, Former Palm Beach Supervisor of Elections

12:30-2:30 Graduation Luncheon and Awards Ceremony
Sponsored by: ES &S

2:30-4:45 Concurrent Discussion Groups
Breakout #1 Using Statewide Voter Data Bases
*Brian Mouty, Colorado HAVA Project Manager
Breakout #2 How to Become a Certified Elections
Registration Administrator (CERA)
*TBA
Breakout #3Voter Registration Bounty Hunters
*Patricia Hollarn,
CERA, Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections
Breakout #4 Providing for Independent Voting for Blind Voters
and those with Disabilities
*Jill Lavine, CERA, Sacramento County Registrar of Voters
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helderheid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 10:40 AM
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1. GOT IT - RECOMMENDED AND KICKED!!!
All y'all please recommend this one and kick the hell out of it!!!
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helderheid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 11:05 AM
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2. c'mon y'all
recommend and kick it
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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 11:05 AM
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3. Kick & Recommend -- WTF do these people think they're doing?
This is just enough to make me sick but I'll resist. These clowns do a very bad job, one that should be easy and then they go take a calculated pay-off by vendors. The best thing that could ever happen is a 'political graft' code that would bar any public servant from this sort of thing. The Feds have something like it for lunches but they can still take vendor sponsored trips to seminars (FCC does it ALL the time, millions). These election officials can probably be bought for a meal or a ticket to some stupid game or something. It just makes me sick.

I'm writing my county government to inquire as to their status on this boondoggle. Can't wait to her the arrogant answer back.

Great post!!!
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emlev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 11:30 AM
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4. Kick--recommended!
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Peace Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 11:57 AM
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5. Oh, boy! Time to get the picket signs out!
Thursday, August 11, 9:00 am: Connie McCormack!!!!!!!!

Friday, August 12, 10:45 am: Theresa La Pore!!!!!!!!!!!
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Helga Scow Stern Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 01:13 PM
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7. Sounds like a good idea! We can't let them get away with this....
Edited on Fri Jun-24-05 01:13 PM by Ojai Person
I haven't seen anything on CEPN yet. I guess they are still busy trying to save Shelley's protection of the voting system.


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Amaryllis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-05 01:00 PM
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6. Thanks, guys! Is this kind of graft just so common that people are getting
immune to it? I thought this thread would stir up more of a stink!
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LightningFlash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-25-05 01:27 AM
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8. Bringing this back up....
Fight and stop everyone from getting more Connie McCormicks...... :thumbsup:
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helderheid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-25-05 10:14 AM
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9. kickin
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Peace Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-25-05 02:04 PM
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10. Kick! Don't worry, Amaryllis, we've got a lot on our minds, now
having to refute the corrupt and collusive Democrats who wrote this piece of crap report on Ohio, and what-all. We'll keep kicking this. As I said, this is the heart of the Beast.
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Peace Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-25-05 02:21 PM
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11. This is rich...
Thursday, August 11:

7:00 to 10:00 pm
Dinner/dance
Sponsored by Sequoia Election Systems

oh, and...

Wednesday, August 10

6:00 to 7:30 pm
Welcome reception
Sponsored by Diebold Election Systems

and...

Friday, August 12

12:30 to 2:30
Graduation Luncheon and Awards Ceremony
Sponsored by ES&S

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graduation?
awards?
wtf?

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Somebody could have a lot of fun mocking these events.

-------

I'm thinking a parade of mockers and harlots and clowns and people in tophats with dollars stuffed in their pockets parading right down Sunset Blvd. (or wherever they're holding this pigsty event)...maybe rolling a 4-poster bed with them, in which our county election officials and Wally O'Dell are cavorting. This calls for MAJOR MOCKERY.
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Amaryllis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-25-05 03:33 PM
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14. You're right! It 's so outrageous, you'd hardly even have to exaggerate
to mock it. Just what exactly does one have to do to qualify for graduation?
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sidd Donating Member (13 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-18-05 07:07 PM
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41. WHA? Gotta buy my own lunch?
Oh life is so unfair!!

12:30-2:00 No-host lunch
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Peace Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-25-05 02:30 PM
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12. Looks like it might be taking place at the Beverly Hilton.
Check out

http://www.electioncenter.org /

Can anybody download the "Registration Form"? I'm having trouble with it.

The "Hotel Reservation Form" goes to the Beverly Hilton. (--"Only three blocks to Rodeo Drive and minutes from Century City Mall, Santa Monica and Hollywood.")

This is UNBELIEVABLY DISGUSTING!!!

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(I'll be offline until tomorrow. Will check back here.)
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Amaryllis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-25-05 03:44 PM
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16. They're having an ETHICAL DILEMNA discussion!!!
Friday, August 12, 2005
8:00-3:00 Registration Desk Open
8:00-12:00 Educational Exhibit Area Open
8:30-9:00 Continental Breakfast
9:00-10:15 Concurrent Discussion Groups
Breakout #1 Ethical Dilemma Discussion *Debra Blanton, CERA, Chair Standards and Ethics,
The Election Center
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sidd Donating Member (13 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-19-05 12:44 PM
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42. Re: "Looks like it might be taking place at the Beverly Hilton."
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jen4clark Donating Member (812 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-25-05 03:02 PM
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13. Link to find your County Election Director...

http://uscountvotes.org/index.php?option=com_weblinks&c...

Thank you Amaryllis - will pass this on to CCN.

I don't know how we're ever going to stop these crooks and thugs but I have a feeling it's going to come down to protests...

What is especially frightening is that so many Dems KNOW this stuff, but are so quiet about it. One has to believe they are somehow benefitting from rigged elections - but I don't get how...
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Amaryllis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-25-05 03:34 PM
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15. what is CCN?
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ken-in-seattle Donating Member (195 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-25-05 05:17 PM
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17. Clark Community Network
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jen4clark Donating Member (812 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-25-05 05:35 PM
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18. Oh, I see ken answered!
Edited on Sat Jun-25-05 05:35 PM by jen4clark
Sorry I got wrapped up in the link from your post:

http://www.electioncenter.org /

Check out the DRE's and the Election Process - word file...

Also, just to let you know, the blog at Clark Community Network (CCN) is under "Community" at the url ken posted below.
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Amaryllis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-25-05 06:11 PM
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19. OMG. this takes outrageous to a new level. I am running out of strong
Edited on Sat Jun-25-05 06:12 PM by Amaryllis
enough adjectives. I mean the word doc on DREs and the election process.
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jen4clark Donating Member (812 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-25-05 06:24 PM
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20. I KNOW!!
Edited on Sat Jun-25-05 06:24 PM by jen4clark
It about gagged me! We've got a brilliant little Clarkie at CCN who's writing a book on election fraud (ms in la). She's the one who alerted me to that file after I took your post to CCN and her blood is boiling! She said the "gathering" is minutes from where she lives and she's going!!

We've sent excerpts of her book to General Clark to get him up to speed on election fraud. Once it's complete she'll be putting it online. I'll definitely bring the link over here. What I've seen so far is excellent!
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helderheid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-25-05 07:26 PM
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21. boot!
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Peace Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-26-05 11:05 AM
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22. Boot again! Got to get on this! n/t
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Peace Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-26-05 05:26 PM
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23. DUers in SoCal, would you PM me if you are interested in this
mind-boggling event?
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Amaryllis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-28-05 11:21 PM
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26. If I were in CA, I'd help with a mockery protest! Dress up like a harlot..
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-27-05 04:21 AM
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24. Kicking (while gagging at this outrage)
:kick:
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Peace Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-27-05 08:03 PM
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25. Kick at the Heart of the Beast! n/t
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Peace Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-29-05 07:09 AM
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27. Kick for action! Come on, SoCal DUers! n/t
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tommcintyre Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-29-05 07:19 AM
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28. Hmm... is this a clear case of conflict of interest, or what!?!? n/t
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Peace Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-29-05 10:31 AM
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29. It reeks! n/t
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Peace Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-30-05 11:26 AM
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30. Kick! n/t
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Nothing Without Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-30-05 11:36 AM
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31. Kick - this suggests some of the reason for the cover-up of
electronic election fraud in the DNC report on Ohio. For example:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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Amaryllis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-01-05 11:50 PM
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32. Hogfest, that's what Peace Patriot christened this event!
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Peace Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-04-05 02:57 PM
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33. Kick for action discussion re: August! n/t
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dchill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-05-05 02:34 PM
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34. Unbelievable -
kick
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WillYourVoteBCounted Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-05-05 06:59 PM
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35. NC Election Officials going to Hollywood
NC election officials going to Hollywood with Diebold, ES&S and Sequoia

*By the way, our legislators don't understand why citizens are disgusted by this - they think this is normal daily behavior*

List of NC Election Officials going to Hollywood so far:

Don Wright, General Counsel for the North Carolina State Board of Elections,
Sharon Everett - NC SBOE Elections Liaison,
Kathy Cooper, Director of Forsyth County BOE, Ms.
Janet Odell, Director of Rockingham County BOE,
Ms. Linda Grist, Director of Cabarrus County BOE

****NOT GOING _ Guilford County's election director is not going, and we applaud him***

Emails backing this up:

----- Original Message -----
From: Don Wright

Sent: 6/16/2005 3:35:55 PM
Subject: Election Center Annual Conference


Sharon Everett and myself will be attending the August Election Center Annual Conference. Neither of us are taking any CERA courses prior to the two day meeting on Thursday and Friday. At this point, I believe the directors of the Forsyth, Rockingham, Cabarrus County Boards of Elections are going and may be taking some CERA courses. It is not required for county election officials or staff to inform this office of attending professional meetings or CERA and other educational courses for election administrators.

Don Wright


***********************************************************************************************
NOTICE: E-mail correspondence to and from this address may be subject to the
North Carolina Public Records Law and may be disclosed to third parties by an
authorized state official.


----- Original Message -----
From: Cooper, Kathie C
Sent: 6/16/2005 3:52:18 PM
Subject: RE: please advise as to upcoming event


At the present time, I will be attending a professional education class with college level professors as well as the annual conference. 95% of The Election Center conference is educational. The remainder is interacting with persons from other states and EAC/federal election persons.

Kathie Chastain Cooper, MPA,CERA
Forsyth County Director of Elections
336 703-2800
cooperkc@forsyth.cc
http://www.co.forsyth.nc.us/elections /

To his credit, George Gilbert of Guilford County advises he will not be attending:
>
> From: George Gilbert <GGILBER@co.guilford.nc.us >
>
> Date: 6/16/2005 10:36:29 AM
> Subject: Re: will Guilford County BOE attend the Hollwood Conference?
>
> No
> --------------------------
> Sent from my BlackBerry Wireless Handheld
>
>
http://www.ncvoter.net/nchollywood.html


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Peace Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-05 01:37 PM
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36. This Diebold/ES&S/Sequoia hogfest at the Beverly Hilton is one of the
most important pieces of information any of us has yet uncovered about our election system and specifically about the bipartisan corruption that is making the task of reform so difficult. Thank you, Amaryllis! Voters and activists, take note. Every one of the election officials who attends this event should be removed from office.
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Amaryllis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-05 02:31 PM
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37. Are CA people coming up with an action plan for a protest?
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sidd Donating Member (13 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-18-05 11:31 AM
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38. Re: Are CA people coming up with an action plan for a protest?
Well??? :bounce:
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sidd Donating Member (13 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-18-05 06:48 PM
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40. Please California Mark Your Calendars!!
We are counting on you!!
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sidd Donating Member (13 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-18-05 11:38 AM
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39. Re: Are CA people coming up with an action plan for a protest?
WELL???
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wli Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-19-05 01:59 PM
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43. so much for hope
I'm rather discouraged to hear this. (something of an understatement)

How can we get an unrigged election?
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