People For the American Way (PFAW) President Ralph G. Neas today commended the introduction of the “Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act” by Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, saying the measure deserves immediate attention from members in both chambers of Congress. Representatives Rahm Emanuel, Rush Holt, Xavier Becerra, Mike Honda, and Keith Ellison are the principal cosponsors of the legislation. Senators Barack Obama and Charles Schumer introduced the Senate version of the bill in January, along with a strong list of original cosponsors.
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.
|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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.