MoveOn blows it

From Paul Lehto:
MoveOn strikes a devastating blow against its own credibility as an activist organization with this strong support for Holt’s HR 811 “paper trail and audit” “solution”. They specifically reference the last minute strong opposition which was activists burning up the fax lines of Congress, with a little help from some elected officials opposing unfunded mandates. Word on the street was that this committee of Congress had never seen such a response to oppose legislation, yet here MoveOn attempts to commit the activists who aren’t keeping close tabs on this into fighting with the other activists! We can have legitimate disagreements and oppose each other, but for MoveOn not to even identify the issues correctly is truly abysmal.
For starters, how does Moveon Justify continued use of touch screen DREs and continued secret vote counting on the first counts with both optical scans and touch screens? These issues are far more fundamental and important than the band-aid talking points Moveon cites below. There will likely be a version of this coming out later today that contains links for more balanced information on Holt (in light of that contained below).
For me personally, I am finished with MoveOn. We can differ on any number of political issues, but if they can not find the democratic will to count the vote openly and honestly, together with the intellectual honesty to realize that DREs and secret counting opscans DO NOT MEET even the most minimal standards, they’ve not done their homework sufficiently to deserve the leadership position that they enjoy. (they don’t even have a rationale for their lack of concern, they just rally “the troops.” — inexcusable for not even engaging the public debate or what Jefferson called “the bar of public reason”).

Paul R Lehto, Juris Doctor
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We’re closer than ever to a ban on paperless voting machines. But lobbyists for election officials are trying to weaken the Holt bill’s crucial deadline of paper voting before the 2008 election.
Congressman Rick Larsen is a co-sponsor of the Holt paper voting bill (H.R. 811). Can you say thanks and ask him to defend the bill’s 2008 deadline?
Congressman Rick Larsen
District Offices:
Bellingham: 360-733-4500
Everett: 800-562-1385

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Dear MoveOn member,
The House will soon vote on Representative Rush Holt’s paperless voting machine ban. But last-minute opposition is trying to do away with the crucial deadline of paper voting in time for the 2008 presidential election.
Years of grassroots pressure have advanced the fight for secure, verified elections to this point. Now we need to put it over the top. Your representative is home on recess, so it’s a perfect time to call his local office.
Congressman Rick Larsen is a co-sponsor of the Holt paper voting bill (H.R. 811). Can you say thanks and ask him to defend the bill’s 2008 deadline?
Congressman Rick Larsen
District Offices:
Bellingham: 360-733-4500
Everett: 800-562-1385
Help track our impact by letting us know you called. Click here:
The effort to undermine the Holt bill’s 2008 deadline is coming from a lobbying group of county election officials. For years, they’ve refused to replace paperless electronic voting machines. Now they want to loosen the requirement of paper voting in time for the 2008 election.

But we can’t afford another election without the security and verification guaranteed by paper ballots. The Holt bill requires a voter-verified paper ballot for every vote in the country as well as these key reforms:
  • Make the paper ballot the ballot of record in the event of any recount or audit
  • Guarantee the vote count is accurate by auditing electronic tallies with a hand count of paper ballots in a random sampling of precincts
  • Eliminate flimsy thermal paper tape rolls and replace them with durable paper ballots
  • Require every voting place immediately offer voters emergency paper ballots if voting machines break down
  • Make elections more transparent by requiring public disclosure of voting system software
  • Prohibit wireless communication devices in voting systems
  • Require documentation of a secure chain of custody for voting systems and software
  • Prohibit conflicts of interest involving vendors and testing labs
  • Enhance the accessibility of elections for voters with disabilities1
You can remind Rep. Larsen of the bill’s support from the editorial pages of the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Roll Call.2 The bill is co-sponsored by 200 members of Congress—Democrats and Republicans. 3
Congressman Rick Larsen is a co-sponsor of the Holt paper voting bill (H.R. 811). Please thank him and ask him to defend the bill’s 2008 deadline.

Congressman Rick Larsen
District Offices:
Bellingham: 360-733-4500
Everett: 800-562-1385
Then, please report your call by clicking here:
Thanks for all you do.
–Noah, Marika, Joan, Eli, and the Political Action Team
Wednesday, April 4th, 2007
1. “Holt Reintroduces Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act,” VoteTrust USA, February 6, 2007
2. “An Important Election Safeguard,” New York Times, June 10, 2005
“A Vote We Can Believe In,” Washington Post, October 10, 2006
“A Warning in Florida,” Roll Call, December 6, 2006
3. “Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2007,” Library of Congress, March 26, 2007
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0 replies on “MoveOn blows it”

I hope you don’t mind an off-topic comment, but this is important: There is a great post on The Carpetbagger Report from a few days ago about the mainstream media’s (specifically Time magazine’s) ignoring the prosecutor purge scandal.

What explains the failure of the mainstream media to cover the purge scandal for so long, and so many other scandals? Do you think somebody just set up newspaper editors to cheat on their wives, and threatened to tell if the editors wouldn’t play ball when they come back some day and ask for something?

It wouldn’t be that hard to do, when you think about it. People wouldn’t talk about it.

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