Straight-Ticket Voting Is Not Safe

RECEIVED Wed., Oct. 29, 2008

Dear Editor,
    Lee Nichols wrote, “Voting straight-ticket is safe” [“Headlines,” News, Oct. 24]. Given the information available at the time, it made sense. New information just released proves otherwise. We are reporting to Chronicle readers that with e-vote machines, straight-ticket voting is not safe.
    Election integrity expert Bev Harris writes on her website www.blackboxvoting.org, “Never choose the straight party vote option, because it alerts the computer as to your party preference and allows software code to trigger whatever function the programmer has designed.”
    Indeed, already during early voting, reports have come in to www.voterescue.org and www.votersunite.org that voters choosing straight-party have seen their votes flip from Obama to McCain all over the country!
    Straight-party voting has been wrongly advocated by election officials and the Democratic Party.
    Amazingly, Democratic (Party) leaders continue to advise straight-party voting despite our experts’ warnings. It is not that difficult to select each individual candidate on the ballot. It is a simple precaution that voters can take. Whether or not you agree or disagree on this critical matter, we suggest you select each candidate individually to be on the safe side.
    Citizens can learn more about the risks of straight-ticket voting and also learn how to help monitor the Nov. 4 election in “Protect the Count” on www.blackboxvoting.org. Concerned voters in Texas can also contact www.voterescue.org about Election Day monitoring.
Jenny Clark, VoteRescue.org,
Abbe Waldman DeLozier, Election Defense Alliance.org
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