Sunday, March 27, 2005

Govenor's Election Reform Task Force: Public Comment Opportunity

FORCE will meet in Harrisburg to discuss the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and how its requirements are being implemented in Pennsylvania. This meeting is open to the public. Celeste Taylor of Project Vote, Larry Frankel, Legislative Director, ACLU-PA, Paul W. O'Hanlon, Disabilities Law Project and Bonita Hoke, Co-Chair of the PA Voters Coalition are all scheduled to speak, and the Agenda includes an opportunity for the public to be heard.

This is an excellent opportunity to let the Governor's Task Force know how you feel about voter-verified paper ballots and other elements of transparent, reliable, publicly verifiable elections. You may only have a few moments to speak, so prepare something very brief in advance.

Some good talking points:

a. Voter-verified paper ballots (VVPB) can help ensure our votes are counted as cast, and we deserve that much

b. E-voting systems without VVPB have irretrievably lost votes in other states; let's not make that costly mistake here

c. Nothing in HAVA prohibits VVPB; other states have used HAVA funds to pay for VVPB systems

d. We can achieve both accessibility and auditability by choosing wisely

e. The most reliable --and cost-effective-- option is precinct-based optical scan, made accessible with ballot-marking devices

f. Accessible VVPB systems build voter confidence and increase voter participation

North Office Building, Hearing Room #1, Ground Floor, Commonwealth Avenue, Harrisburg, PA

Thursday, March 31, 2005, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

With your help, we can make history in Pennsylvania and create meaningful election reform - this year! Please join us in Harrisburg on Thursday.

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