Thursday, October 12, 2006

PRESS RELEASE: VCC Presents Peter B. Collins at Dell'Arte 10/18

Wednesday, October 11, 2006


Contact: Dave Berman

Voter Confidence Committee Presents Peter B. Collins
Live Broadcast and Media Roundtable Set For Oct. 18 at Dell'Arte

The Voter Confidence Committee of Humboldt County (VCC), in cooperation with KGOE (1480 AM) and Veterans for Peace Chapter 56, presents a rare Humboldt appearance by radio talk show host Peter B. Collins on Wednesday, October 18. Collins will broadcast his regular 3-6pm program before a live audience at Dell'Arte in Blue Lake. Audience participation will be encouraged.

Collins intends to devote his entire show this day to election issues and to restoring election integrity. He will be joined by Eureka resident Dave Berman, author of We Do Not Consent, and, via telephone, by investigative reporter Brad Friedman of Friedman is credited with breaking countless stories about election problems, particularly related to Diebold, maker of Humboldt's voting equipment. Other nationally known election experts are also expected to call in to the show.

"Many reasonable people of almost every political stripe have serious concerns about election machines and processes that have cast doubt on the legitimacy of many important elections over the past few years," Collins said. "We'll talk about the key problems--and some simple solutions that can help restore integrity and confidence in our elections. Please join us!"

The broadcast will be followed at 6:30 by a roundtable discussion involving representatives from local media. Again, the public will be encouraged to question the panelists.

"Media makers have a unique responsibility in reporting election results," said Berman, who co-founded the VCC in March 2005. "There is a peculiar secrecy about current vote counting methods," Berman continued, "and so the VCC is leading a community challenge for the media not to report what cannot be proven or independently verified."

Humboldt voters mark paper ballots that are inserted into optical scanners containing proprietary computer programming designed to translate ballot information into Diebold's "trade secret" language. Once in this form, the vote data cannot be read by the public, the media or even government elections officials.

The VCC recommends the paper ballots be counted by hand in the precincts with media documenting the process. Such transparency would be a basis for voter confidence as well as grounds for media reports to be considered credible.
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