Tuesday, November 07, 2006  

Rock the Vote


Get out and vote!

This is probably one of the few elections since the Civil Rights Era when African Americans had such difficulties exercising their right to vote, when the act of voting counts so much. A democracy is only as healthy as its voting practices, and right now, we are lurching towards critical with the voting improprieties, probelms with absentee ballots, etc. And in a country with such a long history of actually voting, this is inexcusable.

This year, there are several citizen movements keeping an eye on things, intiating actions that you, too, can join, if you are concerned about the integrety of the vote.

You might consider doing the following:

* ask for a paper copy of your voting record
* bring your digital camera, especially if it has video, to videotape yourself voting with a clear picture of the results
* go back later and observe the polling place- it's your right as a citizen
* if an electronic voting machine goes down, ask that it be taken out of service, and a paper ballot provided.
* stick around later to make sure the pollworkers deliver the voting machines properly and don't leave them unattended at the registrar's office at the end of the night.

If you do have trouble voting. contact the group below:

Department of Justice's Voting Rights Section at 1-800-253-3931

Chances are nothing will happen; however, things have happened in the past and we need to make sure this election is clean.

Some reading you might find interesing:

Days before the election, state officials have learned that California's most widely used electronic voting machines feature a button in back that can allow someone to vote multiple times.

Several computer scientists said Wednesday that the vulnerability found in all touch-screen machines sold by Oakland-based Sequoia Voting Systems was not especially great because using the yellow button for vote fraud would require reaching far behind the voting machine twice and triggering two beeps.
Hacking Democracy"

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