to non-partisan, state and local election integrity groups
Last year, the hard work of the grassroots e-voting movement across the country prevented many states and counties from ordering unauditable, unreliable and insecure electronic voting and vote counting systems before the November elections.
Now, states are lining up to order new voting systems with their HAVA funds. Many are still preparing to order paperless electronic voting systems. The combined skill, courage, and resolve of local and state-based activist groups like yours will determine whether we, as a nation, can avert the threat of electronic vote rigging, hacking, the accidental loss or misallocation of electronically recorded and reported votes, and the ultimate impact on the integrity of America's elections.
Activists in almost every state are pushing back against the decision-makers' move toward e-voting, but without a solid national support network to share resources, information, and strategies, it can be very difficult to make the headway that is needed in time to make the difference - and as we all know, the time to make the difference is now.
That's what the leaders of four of the most experienced organizations, National Ballot Integrity Project, TrueVoteMD, CASE Ohio, and VotersUnite.org, have joined forces to establish. You probably know some of us already. We've been part of the movement from its inception. Like you, we've participated in original research, created many of the key information resources, testified before committees, lobbied the US Congress and state legislators, been interviewed on television and radio, spoken at the National Press Club, litigated for Voter Verified Paper Ballots, and prevented Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell from installing Diebold paperless touch-screen machines in every Ohio County in 2004. We're in the trenches with you, and we know how hard you've been working, and how isolated and frustrating the effort can be.
We want you to be part of our alliance. Our purpose is to take the anti-e-voting elections integrity movement to the next level by:
We want to make sure that we concentrate on the most pressing needs of the e-voting elections integrity community and hope you'll take a few minutes to answer the questions on the attached one-page questionnaire to let us know what you're working on and what you need.