Fight Privatized Vote

RECEIVED Wed., April 21, 2010

Dear Editor,
    Distill any issue down to where the authority is given to make the decisions that affect all of society: the election system. Presently your vote choices cannot be verified casting your vote for the candidates you want: The electronic box you vote on cannot produce a recount nor verify that voter X cast their ballot for candidates A, B, C for these offices.
    So on top of the recent Supreme Court 5-4 ruling allowing corporations unlimited spending in our elections, the election of candidates who set the priorities and spending decisions of everything you value in life is left to chance – education, environmental health, transportation, public safety, the works! People do not have a transparent, verifiable, and fair election system: You are privatized, and the system is “proprietary.”
    The present county clerk boasts about the physical security of the electronic boxes but skips how it has been demonstrated that the software is easily hackable – she wants a fast return on the “evening news” and talks around the fact that your intended votes cannot be verified. An alternative has been given by the women of VoteRescue – find it here at www.voterescue.org.
    Roger Baker wants to be a write-in candidate for Travis county clerk – he needs 500 signatures from registered voters that did not participate in a primary election.
    Recent letters to the editor have asked for a third party that would represent the needs of people, not corporations. Help Green Party candidates get on the ballot in November!
    You = the Green Party – no corporate cash accepted!
Peace,
Bill Stout
Travis County Green Party co-chair
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