Tomorrow the House State and Local Government Committee meets in Room 16, Legislative Plaza to consider the Tennessee Voter Confidence Act (HB 1256), a critical measure that could mandate voter-verified paper ballots in Tennessee will be in place for the November 2008 election.
VoteSafeTN and Gathering to Save Our Democracy are making a final push to support this measure, and are encouraging Tennessee voters to the same by doing the following:
- Email members of the House and Senate State and Local Government committees. Tell them we still have the time to make the changes necessary to scrap unsafe, unverifiable, insecure and problem-prone DREs in Tennessee for opscan voting systems or hand-counted ballots in time for the November 2008 election.
- Email or call your own state House and Senate representatives, even if they are not on the above committees. Tell them to support HB 1256 to take effect for November 2008. Let them know that you strongly support paper ballots that can be hand-counted or read electronically and then manually audited or recounted. Ask them to speak up for free, fair and verifiable elections – to let our votes count in ‘08.
- Email, or call our Governor, as well as House and Senate leaders. Tell them that securing our elections by November 2008 is something that must be done. Governor Bredesen, House Speaker Naifeh and Senate Speaker Ramsey need to know that 35 other states have already figured out – voting on insecure equipment is no longer acceptable. Ask them to please use their power and influence to help us make the necessary change away from paperless DREs and to opscans or hand-counted ballots. Tell them we have the time. All we need is the will.
- Email or call our Secretary of State Riley Darnell and State Election Coordinator Brook Thompson. These are our two public officials directly responsible for implementing this critical change from paperless, unverifiable, insecure elections, to optical scan paper ballots. Let them know that as a voter, this upcoming national election in November 2008 is too important to leave to chance… Or worse. They claim they can’t fix this problem until 2010. Let them know that this is not acceptable.
This grassroots movement calling for verifiable ballots has made important strides recently but needs to keep the momentum building through Tuesday’s vote. It is certainly not too late to restore election integrity in Tennessee.
We can’t afford another insecure election in our state. Not when the solution is achievable NOW.
Editor’s Note: This notice was submitted by Thelma Kidd of VoteSafeTN, an activist group working to ensure the implementation of verifiable voting records in the state of Tennessee.