The Right to Vote

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.

PFAW Foundation Urges Sarasota County Not to Certify Results of Disputed Race in Florida's 13th Congressional District

The nonpartisan People For the American Way Foundation (PFAWF) has urged Sarasota County Elections Supervisor Kathy Dent not to certify the results of the race for Florida's 13th congressional district. The massive under vote in the congressional race, combined with new reports and information from voters and poll workers, indicate that approximately one-sixth of those voting were disenfranchised in that race -- voters who either cast votes that were not counted, or who missed the opportunity to vote due to a faulty ballot display on new electronic equipment.

Election Protection Launches National Voter Assistance Hotline

Service Offers Live Aid to Voters, Database to Track Problems and Trends, Poll Monitors and Legal Vounteers to be Mobilized in 16 Key States

As the November elections approach, the nonpartisan Election Protection coalition is launching its national 1-866-OUR VOTE voter assistance hotline and the poll location web site 1-866-OUR-VOTE is the only national voter assistance hotline staffed by live call center operators trained to provide state specific assistance to all voters.

People For the American Way Foundation to McPherson: Tell Naturalized Immigrants Their Votes Count

Amid the mounting scandal surrounding intimidation letters to registered voters with Spanish surnames in Orange County, People For the American Way Foundation is asking Secretary of State Bruce McPherson to further reassure all naturalized citizens in California that their votes will count.

Democracia USA Registers More Than 105,000 New Hispanic Voters in 4 States

Democracia U.S.A. (DUSA), a national non-partisan Hispanic civic engagement program, announced today that it has registered over 105,342 new Hispanic voters from Arizona, Florida, New Jersey and Pennsylvania—creating a 27 percent increase in the number of registered Hispanic voters in Pennsylvania alone. DUSA, a project of People For the American Way Foundation, has active operations throughout Hispanic neighborhoods in each of these states.

Missouri Supreme Court Latest to Strike Down Modern Day Poll Tax

Today, the Missouri Supreme Court struck down the state’s burdensome voter identification law that would have required all Missourians to show a government-issued photo ID, a modern-day poll tax that was also struck down in Georgia and Arizona, both with similar voter ID bills.

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