Common Cause is starting a new Campaign for Voting System Integrity to guarantee every voting machine will keep paper records. MoveOn is urging members to help fund the new program.
In an email today, the Political Action group requested a $10 donation from 15,000 members. Sounds like a darn good price for what may be the biggest hurdle this country faces in turning disaster into relief. The problem stems from the need to keep the paper records to back up the unreliable, easily hacked, touch-screen machines.
Pamela wrote about this last month here.
MoveOn is working with Common Cause on two aspects of reform:
Touch-screen voting machines rely on computers to count votes, but there’s no hard copy backup in case of a crash and no way to detect tampering. From North Carolina to Ohio to Texas, votes have been lost or miscounted.
Common Cause’s new plan is an exciting development, but they need to raise a lot of money to make it happen. No matter where you live, this is something you can do for election reform. You can contribute to Common Cause directly at:
For over two years, MoveOn members have been fighting for a paper record of every vote. We’ve won this fight in more than 25 states, and MoveOn members have pressed for H.R. 550—the gold standard for federal paper record bills—at every key moment. …The plan will also get state election officials to pressure Congress directly to require paper records.
Common Cause will also be distributing a new documentary on voting machines to be shown at nationwide house parties.
Sounds like some good planning is going on. It’s worthy of all the support we can find–be sure to check for coins in the couch cushions, old purses, coat pockets…