Challenge E-Voting

RECEIVED Thu., Sept. 2, 2010

Dear Editor,
    In a representative society, what public institution does the origin of all issues distill down to? Elections. Pick any topic, the decisions determining the outcome of an issue are by "elected" officials. In Travis County, your vote disappears because it cannot be verified and there is no possibility for a recount: 80% of our "votes" are counted in electronic voting boxes. We are told to “trust” the system, as if elections were not regularly rigged (see Supreme Court, Florida, 2000 and Ohio, 2004). The fraud of these machines is known internationally: The German High Court ruled that none would be used in elections in Germany.
    A solution to hold verifiable, transparent, fair, and anonymous elections exists: Hand-counted paper ballots can be recounted, and if fraud is found, it can be isolated to several hundred votes instead of the documented potential to flip thousands of votes invisibly electronically. I would rather make damn certain that the will of the people, not a corporate "person,” is respected as sacrosanct.
    Hold your officials accountable, protect everything you value for your children, tell the Travis County Commissioners Court you are against the county clerk’s recommendation to use unverifiable and expensive electronic voting boxes. You can read an alternative to the County Clerk’s report at www.voterescue.org.
    Challenge the county commissioners to question the continued use of electronic voting systems based on the compounding evidence of security breaches, and to investigate allegations of voting fraud under the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which carries enforcement subpoena powers under the federal U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (though still controlled by Bush appointees; strange that the Obama staff seem to still be hoping for change instead of making change happen).
Peace in justice,
Bill Stout
Travis County Green Party
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