September 21, 2007
WTP Initiates National
“Clean Elections” Lawsuit
Ten states are being sued to prevent the use of computerized
voting systems during the 2008 primary and general elections
and beyond. The lawsuit seeks to halt the use of
machine-based voting systems and vote counting procedures
that hide the ballots and the counting of votes from the
complaint challenges the constitutionality of current voting
procedures in the states, claiming that they “heighten the
possibility of confusion, deception, frustration, and
fraud.” It contends that the existing practices are
constitutionally deficient and prevent open, verifiable,
transparent voting, and that the use of discredited
electronic voting machines and flawed vote counting
procedures drastically increase the likelihood of error and
election fraud. The lawsuit calls for a visible chain of
ballot custody with paper ballots kept in full public view
throughout the voting, counting, and tallying process.
The lawsuit asks the Court to prohibit the states from
conducting elections that are not open, verifiable,
transparent and machine and computer free.
Supreme Court has declared the meaning of the Right to vote,
as guaranteed by the US Constitution. Individuals not only
have the Right to cast a vote, they have the Right to cast
an effective vote, meaning they have the Right to
have their vote counted accurately.
“We need to
bring transparency and accountability to the voting process
throughout the states,” said Bob Schulz, who wrote the brief
and is spearheading the nationwide effort. “We need to
reclaim our vote and ensure that our voices are heard and
that our votes are accurately counted. The only sure way to
do that is to have the People, in the light of day, observe,
verify, and secure the votes cast on paper ballots and to
count those ballots before the public by hand.”
states that have been sued thus far include New York, New
Hampshire, Illinois, South Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Iowa,
Texas, California and Oregon.
We are in the process of serving the Complaint on each
Click here to read the Complaint.
Surprising reaction by
Illinois officials to the "Clean Elections" lawsuit
and good news from developments this week at the Second
Circuit Court of Appeals…
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