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In Memoriam John Gideon (1947-2009) PDF  | Print |  Email
By Warren Stewart, Legislative Policy Director, Verified Voting   
April 28, 2009
The election reform community was shocked and saddened today by the news of John Gideon’s sudden and untimely passing. John was a mountain of a man and those of us who had the privilege of knowing him are stronger as a result.

John’s dedication to the cause of honest, fair, and transparent elections was unparalleled. When I first met John early in 2005, he had already been collecting his “Daily Voting News” for a couple years. This daily news clipping service that gathered voting related news stories from across the country was a labor of love and dedication that served as an essential tool in the struggle for election reform.

For those of us in the trenches fighting for election reform his daily entry in the inbox was both informative and reassuring. The archive of voting news stories at that resulted from this 365 days a year work is a unique resource – there is simply no other way of researching and reviewing the first draft reports of election incidents over the past half decade.

Retired from the Navy, John was dogged in his refusal of any compensation for his work. Throughout our work together in founding and sustaining VoteTrustUSA, John was steadfast in his support of local grassroots efforts and a consistent champion of integrity and transparency. A disabled Vietnam veteran, John was also deeply concerned about issued affecting his brothers and sisters in the armed services and brought the same passion and dedication to those issues that he did to preserving the integrity of elections.

Thomas Jefferson wrote “the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” No one better embodied these words than John Gideon. It was a privilege to know you John – you will be deeply missed but your dedication will continue to be an inspiration.
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