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Invisible Ballots and Help America Vote... on paper!

Wednesday, May 17, 2006
8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
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Humanist Hall
390 27th Street
midtown Oakland, between Telegraph and Broadway, below Pill Hill

Presented by Gypsy


This film by William Gazeck covers the subject of voting and what goes wrong with it. It illustrates the history of voting systems, the Help America Vote Act, problems with electronic voting, errors and glitches in real elections, fraud and tampering, conflicts of interest, and the voter-verified paper ballot.. It raises the question: should voting be privatized? Featured experts in the film include: Dr. David Dill, Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University; Dr. Rebecca Mercuri, Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government; Beverly Harris, independent investigator and author of Black Box Voting; and Dr. Avi Rubin, technical director of the Information Security Institute at Johns Hopkins University.


This short film by Ecological Options Network finds that much of the uncertainty and ongoing controversy surrounding past elections is rooted in the sheer number of lost votes, flipped votes, failed audits, and plain old breakdowns occurring on the growing number of electronic voting machines used throughout America. Under the guise of mandating accessibility for disabled voters, the 2002 Help America Vote Act (HAVA) is forcing a wholesale shift in how our votes are cast and counted -- just in time for the 2006 elections. Vendors are leveraging HAVA’s disability requirements to sell the exorbitantly expensive, less secure, and unreliable touchscreen DREs (Direct Record Electronic machines) to county elections officials around the country, when there are better options already in use and available. You will see government reports, experts, and governors on both sides of the aisle condemning touchscreen DREs. They join a growing number of citizens who are demanding paper ballots, optically scanned or hand counted, as the only way to allow for meaningful audits and recounts. This film highlights the successes in the history of voting rights movements and lays out the next steps for those inspired to join the new movement now underway to restore basic accountability and integrity to American elections. This film features: Cynthia McKinney, Stephanie Tubb-Jones, Lynn Woolsey, Dolores Huerta, Bob Ehrlich, Bill Richardson, and Lowell Finley, Election Law Attorney.

Before and after the film, everyone’s invited to indulge in our Humanist Coffee House

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