A safe way for disabled voters to cast ballots!

Yolo County, CA, makes the democratic choice! (No thanks to the Democratic Party.)


Contact: Ellen Theisen
President, Vote-PAD, Inc.

Yolo County, California Chooses the Vote-PAD

Port Ludlow, WA. Thursday, January 19, 2006. Vote-PAD, Inc. is proud to announce that it has reached an agreement to provide the Vote-PAD (Voting-on-Paper Assistive Device) to Yolo County, California to assist persons with disabilities in marking a paper ballot.

Ms. Freddie Oakley, Clerk-Recorder of Yolo County, said, “After an enormous amount of research, we in Yolo County feel lucky to have found this assistive device. My skepticism about computer-controlled voting is well-known, and so is my concern for poll workers. The Vote-PAD is so well thought out, it keeps control of the elections with the peopleís servants rather than surrendering it to big corporations. And at the same time it provides the most useful features for persons with a wide variety of disabilities of any assistive device weíve seen.”

The Vote-PAD is an inexpensive, non-computerized, voter-assist device that helps people with visual or dexterity impairments to vote independently and privately. The Vote-PAD was developed to help small jurisdictions, especially those using hand-counted paper ballots, comply with the accessibility requirement of the federal Help America Vote Act of 2002. It allows them to comply without changing their entire election process to accommodate computerized voting. Since its release, it has also gained interest from larger jurisdictions that use optical scanners to count ballots.

Ellen Theisen, President of Vote-PAD, Inc. and developer of the device, said, “We’re delighted to be able to offer jurisdictions like Ms. Oakley’s a product that makes sense. Towns and counties all across the country are struggling with how to meet federal requirements. The law requires each polling place to have a method by which individuals with disabilities can vote unassisted. The Vote-PAD offers a simple, affordable, reasonable solution.”

As evidence surfaces about the failures of computerized voting systems and the lack of accessibility on many of them, it is difficult for jurisdictions to know where to turn.

“The Vote-PAD provides the alternative they need,” Ms. Theisen says. “It is neither a computerized device, nor a voting system. With the Vote-PAD, assistance is simple and direct. It allow individuals to retain the dignity of marking a paper ballot the way other voters do.”

The Vote-PAD, developed in consultation with members of the disabilities community, has performed successfully for people with a wide range of disabilities including those with visual and dexterity impairments.

See http://www.vote-pad.us for more information about the device and how it used by people with disabilities.

This press release is posted at http://www.vote-pad.us/Media/YoloCountyPurchase.htm

See “Vote-PAD Rocks the Disabled Vote

Real conservatives bReal conservatives believe 2004 was stolenelieve 2004 was stolen

Lew Rockwell, whose Web site ran this piece today, is a conservative Republican. Paul Craig Roberts was Asst. Treasury Secretary under Ronald Reagan.

Hey, “liberal media”! Thanks for nothin’!

Evidence of a Stolen Election
by Paul Craig Roberts

As coincidence would have it, Mark Crispin Miller’s new book, Fooled Again (Basic Books), documenting the Republican theft of the 2004 presidential election, arrived in the same mail delivery with the January 12 edition of the Defuniak Springs Herald, the locally owned weekly newspaper in a Florida panhandle county seat.

The Florida panhandle is thorough-going Republican. Even Democrats run as Republicans. Nevertheless, the newspaper’s editor, Ron Kelley, believes that American political life is measured by something larger than party affiliation. In his editorial, “The shepherds and the sheep,” Kelley reports that two Florida counties have banned any further use of Diebold voting machines after witnessing a professional demonstration that the machines, contrary to Diebold’s claim, are easily hacked to record votes differently from the way in which they are cast by voters.

The pre-election statement by Diebold’s CEO that he would work to deliver the election to Bush was apparently no idle boast. In five states where the new “foolproof” electronic voting machines were used, the vote tallies differed substantially from the exit polls. Such a disparity is unusual. The chances of exit polls in five states being wrong are no more than one in one million.

Miller describes considerably more election fraud than voting machines programmed to count a proportion of Kerry votes as Bush votes. Voters were disenfranchised in a number of ways. Miller reports incidences of intimidation of, and reduced voting opportunities for, poorer voters who tend to vote Democrat.

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Bush wants Google search records!

Talk about imperial overreach!

Posted on Wed, Jan. 18, 2006
Feds want Google search records
By Howard Mintz
Mercury News

The Bush administration on Wednesday asked a federal judge to order Googleto turn over a broad range of material from its closely guarded databases.

The move is part of a government effort to revive an Internet child protection law struck down two years ago by the U.S. Supreme Court. The law was meant to punish online pornography sites that make their content accessible to minors. The government contends it needs the Google data to determine how often pornography shows up in online searches. ROFL!!

In court papers filed in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Justice Department lawyers revealed that Google has refused to comply with a subpoena issued last year for the records, which include a request for one million random Web addresses and records of all Google searches from any one-week period.

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Here's hoping for some blowback…

A great review–from Russia!

“This second heist of the White House is one of the great untold stories of our time – even though it was largely carried out in plain sight. Miller performs the simple but increasingly rare act of journalism and gathers a mountain of overwhelming evidence from publicly available material. This is no “conspiracy theory” stitched together from anonymous sources, strained inferences and dark innuendo, but a solid case based on official records, sworn testimony, eyewitness accounts, news reports – and the Bushists’ own words.”

Loot the Vote: The Bush Faction’s Future Victories are Already in the Bag

Feinstein needs to get religion!

so to speak….

California Activists!

Sen. Feinstein needs to hear from us on Alito On Sunday’s Face the Nation, Sen. Feinstein stated, “I don’t see those kinds of egregious things emerging that would justify a filibuster” of Alito’s nomination, despite her belief that the justice he would most resemble if confirmed is Antonin Scalia. Pick up the phone right away and ask Sen. Feinstein to stop making statements that take off the table any options for stopping this tragic nomination.

Call Senator Dianne Feinstein Today!
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Let Sen. Feinstein know that you expect her to do whatever it takes to stop the Alito nomination.

Alito’s record is clear: he will likely condone the abuse of power by the president, vote to overturn Roe v. Wade , and help curtail Congress’ ability to protect the health, safety and welfare of the American people. Tell Sen. Feinstein that Alito’s record alone is “egregious,” and you’re counting on her to do whatever it takes to stop his confirmation.

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From Andy Ostroy and Brian DeLaite:

Hello everyone:

Please tune in to this week’s The Ostroy/DeLaite Report…Where Democrats Play Rough, as we’ll be joined by Mark Crispin Miller, author of The Bush Dyslexicon: Observations on a National Disorder; Cruel and Unusual: Bush/Cheney’s New World Order; Fooled Again: On the 2004 Election. We’ll take both a serious and humorous look at the scandal-plagued Bush administration and Republican Party.

Mark’s writings on film, television, propaganda, advertising, and the culture industries have appeared in numerous journals and newspapers, including The Nation and the New York Times. A frequent commentator on TV, radio, and the Internet, Mark has appeared on “Frontline,” “The PBS Newshour,” “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Washington Journal,” and Bill Moyers’s “The Public Mind.” He is also a regular commentator on Air America, appearing often on “Morning Sedition” and “The Al Franken Show.” Mark is also a professor of Media Studies at New York University.

The Ostroy/DeLaite Report…Where Democrats Play Rough, is a weekly political call-in talk show that tackles the Right Wing spin machine head on. We cover the ever-changing political landscape with guests that include The Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel, WABC Radio’s Ron Kuby, Marc Maron, BuzzFlash.com’s Mark Karlin and others. We’re on every Wednesday at 6:30PM in NYC on Time Warner channel 67. And don’t forget that out-of towners can watch us live on the internet at MNN.org. Just follow the steps to “watch MNN” and then click channel 67.

So, watch us, call us, and tell us what you think… (212-757-2076). Thanks for the support as always……

And catch us next week as we welcome Nationally-syndicated talk show host Stephanie Miller.

Andy & Brian

There are no more DREs in Washington!

The heroic Paul Lehto, who has been fighting to get touch-screen voting machines OUT of Washington state, has some great news:

Unless a minor county snuck in with DREs that I didn’t hear about, Washington state is now completely free of DREs (and BLUE!)!!! The county I sued shifted the balance of power to Democrats on the county council and the Dems just canned the Sequoia DREs effective September 2005 in favor of an Oregon vote by mail type system (or vote by dropoff at a regional drop off facility).

If you’re interested in verifying that angle that there are no longer any DREs in use in POLLING PLACES as opposed to for legitimately disabled voters, jgideon@votersunite.org would know for sure.

Here’s the DU post as well as a link there to the local press.


A senator whose time has gone

If any of you has connections with Lamont, please let me know!

CT-Sen: Lieberman freaking out about Lamont
by kos
Tue Jan 17, 2006 at 02:03:01 PM PDT
Lamont is not a fringe candidate, and this isn’t a hopeless battle. Uphill, yeah. Improbable, yup. But not hopeless. And given that he’s promised to spend 7-figures of his own money, as well as possible support from DfA and MoveOn, and we’ve got ourselves quite an epic showdown brewing. Old world politics versus new. Insurance and corporate interests versus people-power. A Fox News Democrat versus a real one.
From the Q&A:

I believe that we as the Democratic party should and I as a senator would push back against some terrible policies, starting with the wrong headed invasion of Iraq and ill-advised tax cuts, and stand up forcefully for a Democratic agenda, which includes healthcare reform, education reform, and energy conservation. The Senator can speak for himself; I would oppose the nomination of Judge Alito since he jeopardizes a woman’s right to choose, I would oppose education vouchers since they undermine our commitment to our public school system, I would have strongly opposed federal intervention in the Terri Shiavo case, I would have pushed for energy conservation and bio fuels as a better alternative than the liquefied natural gas plant in LI Sound; I would oppose diverting social security taxes into private accounts, and I would replace American troops on the front lines in Iraq with Iraqi troops as the first step towards bringing our troops home.

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