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Prevent Election Fiascoes in Tennessee – Enact Paper Ballot Law Now


A perfect storm is brewing for Tennessee voters for the 2010 election.

Secretary of State Tre Hargett

Secretary of State Tre Hargett

Tennessee is set up for an election debacle, thanks to the states’ reliance on paperless electronic voting. Currently 93 out of 95 counties in Tennessee use these machines.

Unless the Secretary of State Hargett takes swift and certain prompt action, thousands of votes will be at risk in the 2010 election. Computer scientists agree that any electronic voting machine can fail without warning. SOS Hargett should pay attention to the lessons learned by other states.

North Carolina found out the hard way that paperless voting machines can lose thousands of votes. In the November 2004 Presidential Election, 4,400 votes were permanently lost by “state of the art” computerized voting machines. The AP described that election as “A Florida-style nightmare …with thousands of votes missing and the outcome of two statewide races still up in the air.” On top of that, the outcome of one statewide election contest was too close to call. There would have been a $3 million dollar “do-over” election if one of the candidates hadn’t voluntarily withdrawn. (See North Carolina Ballot Blues) «Read the rest of this article»

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Deadline nears to ensure verifiable vote


co-election-logo.JPGTomorrow 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. «Read the rest of this article»
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TACIR to act on verifiable votes


co-uncounter-touch-screen.JPG Yesterday’s New York Time’s Magazine cover story, “Can You Count on Voting Machines?,” offers valuable and in depth coverage of electronic voting machines and the threat they pose to the foundation of our democratic process – our right to vote in free and fair elections.

In Tennessee, 93 out of 95 counties use electronic voting machines with no voter verifiable paper trail. That means there is no way to be completely sure of an accurate tally or recount in the event one is needed.

This Thursday, January 10, the legislature’s Voter Confidence Act Legislative Study Committee will meet to discuss the findings of the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) report, “Trust But Verify,” which recommends that to improve election integrity in Tennessee we move away from electronic voting machines and replace them with paper-based optical scan machines. «Read the rest of this article»

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Why we really need voter verified paper ballots


A Microvote Infinity voting machineThis video says it all. Sure it shows a Diebold instead of a Microvote Infinity, but can we say something like this has not been created for other machines like the Microvote Infinity. Without a paper trail you CAN NOT detect vote manipulation on electronic machines. No matter what the Voting machine manufacturer told you.

It’s time to demand that electronic voting machines are not used in any US or Tennessee elections, until there is a voter verified paper trail, HAVA be damned! Contact your election officials: Vickie Koelman, Riley C. Darnell, Phil Bredesen

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