The Right to Vote

Secretary of State’s FL-13 Audit Report Whitewashes Clear Evidence of Voting Machine Problems in Sarasota

Report fails to account for eyewitness testimony pointing to machine malfunction; flawed audit process may be responsible

TALLAHASSEE—An audit report released by the Florida Secretary of State’s office regarding Sarasota County’s November election debacle came under fire shortly after its release today.

Representative Rush Holt Introduces Election Reform Legislation

Rep. Holt’s bill requires the following for ALL federal elections starting in 2008:
• Paper Ballots—ALL voting machines must produce a paper ballot
• Audits—ALL voting machines must be auditable
• No Secret Source Code—ALL voting machine vendors MUST make the machines’ software available for inspection
• Ban on Wireless Devices—Prohibits wireless technology in voting machines

Obama Legislation Would Protect Voting Rights

Senator introduces proposal to ban 'deceptive practices'

Barack Obama

Barack Obama and Tanya Clay House

Ralph G. Neas

Statement on the Provisional Seating of Vern Buchanan

Court proceedings and congressional investiation must be complete and election problems remedied before anyone is seated permanently; Florida debacle a 'teachable moment' demonstrating need for national election reform

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In response to Congress' provisional seating of Vern Buchanan today to represent Florida's 13th District, People For the American Way Foundation President Ralph G.

Florida Elections Officials Attempt to Blame Voters for Mismanaged Election

Florida Elections Officials have sent interrogatory questions to Florida voters suing the state for a revote in the 13th congressional district election in Sarasota County. The questions ask the plaintiffs to reveal portions of their medical records, to state whether or not they drank on Election Day, and to list medications and other drugs they may have been taking.

50 Percent of New Yorkers Fail New 10-Question Naturalization Exam in Informal Survey

New questions to determine U.S. citizenship include highest mountain, longest river, Federalist Papers' writers, and Ben Franklin's business

More than 50 percent of New Yorkers failed a simulated 10-question naturalization exam composed of new questions recently released by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, according to an informal survey of 250 people held at City Hall Park over a three-day period. Respondents averaged 5.4 correct answers per exam.

Florida's 13th District Debacle Requires a Re-Vote in Sarasota Today and National Reform Tomorrow

To: Journalists
fr: Ralph G. Neas

With a new Congress set to convene in less than a month, it’s critical to solve the festering problem in Florida’s 13th congressional district by allowing the citizens of Sarasota County to make their voices heard in a re-vote. It’s the only fair solution to what was arguably the biggest foul-up among many in this year’s midterm elections—a congressional race where some 18,000 votes were not recorded.

Drury Comments Reveal Preexisting Bias, Cast Even More Doubt on Integrity of Audit Process

‘They’re not going to find anything,’ says state official overseeing audit before examination of voting machine programming code even begins

SARASOTA COUNTY—The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported today that David Drury, chief of the Florida Bureau of Voting Systems Certification and the state official in charge of the Sarasota voting machine audit, has prejudged an important part of the investigation before it even begins.

Audit an Exercise in Futility; Revote Only Remedy for Sarasota Voters, Mitchell Says

OTHER UPDATES: Sunday Revote Rally Planned in Sarasota, Voters’ Stories Now Available in Online Videos, Voter and Jennings Lawsuits Consolidated

SARASOTA—After the second day of the state’s audit of Sarasota County voting machines apparently failed to yield useful information, People For the American Way Foundation’s Florida Legal Counsel, Reggie Mitchell, issued the following statement:

“Another day of auditing, and we still don’t know anything more than when we started. No surprise there. This audit was doomed from the start.

Revote Rally in Sarasota

Concerned citizens of Sarasota County and voters from all over Florida will gather at a REVOTE RALLY Sunday, December 3, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. in Bayfront (Island) Park, Sarasota.

Sarasota Voters File Lawsuit for Revote in Congressional Race

Voters from Sarasota County today filed suit in state court in Tallahassee asking for a revote in Florida’s 13th congressional district. The suit alleges that thousands of citizens were disenfranchised when massive undervotes plagued the tight Congressional race between Democrat Christine Jennings and Republican Vern Buchanan.

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