Wednesday, June 21, 2006

No Confidence Coast-To-Coast, BBV Hand Count Registry, Dobbs and More

BradBlog.com continues to lead the charge for the hand count in San Diego. Brad now reports that the list of people declaring No Confidence includes Kevin Zeese, candidate for U.S. Senate from Maryland; John Bonifaz, candidate for Massachusetts Secretary of State; and congressional candidate Jeeni Criscenzo (CA-49). The Election Defense Alliance is now on board, along with the California Election Protection Network. And Velvet Revolution, whose petition is here, also put out a press release through U.S. Newswire. This is just a partial list. It looks like we'll get a handle on just how big this response is within the next week when Brad and others convene "emergency town hall meetings" in Los Angeles and San Diego.

Meanwhile, BlackBoxVoting.org has set up a national hand count registry. If you are willing to hand count ballots in order to verify election results, click here to sign up.

Amazingly, CNN's Lou Dobbs continues to hammer the topic of election integrity. A transcript of Tuesday night's broadcast is here. He is having stellar guests from among the best activists and organizers, they are getting their say (and stating things damn well), and he is strongly reinforcing their (our) message.

And finally for tonight, the Arizona House and Senate have overwhelmingly passed SB1557 which now is likely to be signed by Governor Janet Napolitano. The bill deals with paper trails, mandatory manual audits and inspection of source code. I think it is hard to really get excited about something like this because of its potential to create a false sense of security. Still, election integrity advocates on the ground in AZ are getting things done and contributing to this overall momentum.

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Great work. I've been following this vote fraud issue for quite awhile now. By the way, a permalink on the left would be nice. I'm not Atrios, but I think you're right!

Philip Shropshire
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Posted by Blogger Philip Shropshire @ Jun 23, 2006, 3:31:00 PM
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