Monday, November 26, 2007

Press Release: VCC Gathers Support For Hand-Counting Ballots


CONTACT: Dave Berman
707-845-3749 or

Voter Confidence Committee Gathers Community Support For Hand-Counting Paper Ballots

Group To Participate in Local Broadcast of Peter B. Collins Radio Show

Syndicated talk radio host Peter B. Collins will be broadcasting his afternoon radio show on 1480AM KGOE live from the Eureka Theater on Friday November 30. Local election integrity group the Voter Confidence Committee (VCC) will be represented in the lobby promoting their recent Report on Election Conditions in Humboldt County, and collecting names from voters interested in and willing to hand-count paper ballots in place of the electronic voting machines currently used here.

"We want to provide the County with hundreds of names of voters who will do the work and help build a more involved electorate," said VCC co-founder Dave Berman. "Hand-counting provides transparent, secure and verifiably accurate election results that we just can't get with machines counting the votes in secret."

Collins' progressive talk show airs from 3-6pm weekdays in Humboldt and several other radio markets. Each Friday, Collins devotes the final hour of his program to the topic of election integrity.

"The integrity of our elections has declined sharply in recent years, partly due to exposure of the flawed processes in Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004," said Collins. "The switch to touch screen voting machines has made things worse, and each Friday at 5:00 pm we talk with Brad Friedman of about the full range of issues that lead to corruption and loss of voter confidence. I think it's really important."

VCC members are scheduled to appear between 5pm and 6pm during Collins' live local broadcast. For more information about Peter B. Collins, visit For more information about Humboldt County election reform efforts, visit or e-mail

Following the broadcast there will be a musical performance by political satirist Roy Zimmerman, who has been making funny songs for many years, previously as the founder of The Foreman. For more information see

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