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Thursday, February 10, 2005

Touch screens in Allegheny County on Feb 27, 2005

Touch screen voting is coming to Allegheny county. Machines are stopping by for a visit this month.

The local elections department has pushed for years, in good faith, to get e-voting. It's hard for them to pull back, especially when they have to meet the HAVA requirements by '06. (For a historical view of the progression and a sense of the money involved, see first (1999) then 2001 and 2003
All e-voting is not equally bad. Let's do all we can to stave off the worst choices.

The Allegheny County Democratic endorsement vote on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005 is going to use the machines. The vote is where the Dem committee folks decide which candidates will be the "officially endorsed" Democrats, and which will either drop out of the race or run as unendorsed candidates. This is part sales event and function, to convince the Democrats to support buying the machines in question.

Go with a balanced, intelligent information on touch-screen voting (in particular, calling for an auditable paper trail and a "this is your vote" receipt).

Location/Date: 10 amd to 5 pm, IBEW Hall, on Hot Metal Street, between Carson St.
and the Mon river.

If you have concise information that would make a good touch-screen voting information sheet (or if you have such a sheet already prepped) please put it in
and announce it
to the group.

Ideal: One-page (or front & back), self-contained (not dependent on URL's), large-type, includes checklist of what good machines must provide. (Note that "stay with what we have" is probably illegal as of 2006 under HAVA.)

(Content reposted and edited slightly from another source.)


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