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The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.


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How did this stuff get into these bills?

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I've been thinking about this awhile now. We need complete and total transparency in our voting process. Here's my suggestion:


1. Paper and pen is the obvious choice for casting ballots.

2. Instead of having appointed people, there should be a pool of all registered voters, that are picked AT RANDOM, much like the way jurors are picked. (Perhaps BOE officials should be elected, too!)

3. Add to this that companies MUST give employees PAID days off for training and working Election Day. It's OUR Republic and OUR democracy! Let the voters run their own elections! Tell me, what red-blooded, patriotic American wouldn't take two PAID days off work to ensure their democracy is working? Give the voters OWNERSHIP of the PROCESS! Power to the People!

4. This would also include no funny black boxes counting votes: Paper and pen and hand counting. This is how they STILL do it in Canada! No more republican-backed companies (ES&S, Diebold, Sequoia, TRIAD, et. al.) getting a WAD of OUR TAX $$$ on bogus, insecure machines and stealing our elections! Use Web-Cams to monitor the voting and counting, too.

5. Each precinct can use a simple adding machine with a triplicate paper tape. They FAX their results to the BOE of their county. The same process is repeated for counties to report totals to the state BOE. Instant Paper Trail! I'd add that IF we MUST use ANY electronic tabulation, that it be OPEN-SOURCE code, available to the General Public for review. (Australia uses this now. See "Aussies do it right" at WIRED) Hardware would also have to be scrutinized, since WiFi can easily be incorporated in any electronic device - takes about three chips. BUT Paper Pen and People should be the way of the day! Any electronic machine (especially the central tabulators) can break down or be hacked, no matter how secure! Also, the paper ballots could use any number of security devices, similar to how money and checks are printed (microprint, bar codes, security threads and so forth) to prevent ballot duplication.

Lastly, Election Day should be a NATIONAL HOLIDAY. Many democracies around the world give everybody a day off to vote. Ditto that for the primaries. No more IA & NH picking candidates. The demographics of these two states do not represent an accurate cross-section of America. Dump tradition and let's move on to a better, fairer system of regional or same-day primaries.


"To amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to require States to conduct Presidential elections using paper ballots and to count those ballots by hand, and for other purposes."

Dennis Kucinich at We Count 2006 Announcing H.R. 6200

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From Democracy for New Hampshire...

We're counting the votes--and you can too!

The DFNH Fair Elections Committee is proud to release the September 2006 edition of "We're Counting the Votes: An Election Preparedness Kit for…New Hampshire Citizens, Candidates, and Campaigns and for…All the Good and Honest Election Officials, Election Workers, and Poll Workers of New Hampshire."

This version has been updated to include additional information about, and instructions for, hand counting and election night count reconciliation procedures, updated election laws, additional election laws pertaining to citizen election inspectors, plus information about national voter attitudes towards observability and transparency in vote counting.

Please download your copy, read it, and share it with ALL your local, statewide and federal elected officials! Let's begin laying the groundwork to make Hand Counted Paper Ballots a reality!

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