Vote for Election Transparency by Midnight 12/31


Deadline Tonight Dec. 31st at Midnight Pacific Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern, 2:00 a.m. Central) Cast your votes NOW at for Election Integrity and Transparency. Complete Details Below.

Thousands of citizens inspired by the Obama presidency are submitting policy proposals to a contest called "Ideas for Change in America" sponsored at the website Voting in the first round closes TONIGHT Dec. 31st at midnight (Pacific time). That gives the eastern half of the country enough time to party in the New Year and still vote until 3:00 a.m. The top 3 proposals voted for in each category will advance to a final round of voting, from January 5 through January 15. The top 10 proposals to emerge from the final voting round will be presented to the Obama Administration on Inauguration Day as the "Top 10 Ideas for America." To read more below about "Ideas for Change in America" and the consortium of organizations sponsoring, see the bottom of this article, and visit this link: And while you're at the website, be sure to visit the EDA page: The page just went up, and could use some testimonials to fill it in. If you like what we do, please leave a good word for us. Thanks!

3 Election Integrity Proposals are in the Running -- But They Need Your Votes!

You can vote for all 3 EI proposals from this page, using the widgets below. The widgets will take you to the webpage for each proposal. You will see a Vote button on the page, and when you click it, you will be prompted to open an account. It only takes a minute; then you can vote. There are three different EI proposals in three different categories --but only one of them at the moment is in a position to get past this first elimination round. In the Technology Policy category, a proposal called "Move the country towards transparent election systems" is in 1st place with more than 700 votes and seems positioned to advance to the second voting round. This proposal, initiated by an Open Source voting proponent, and boosted with votes by Open Voting Consortium members, is very open and nonprescriptive in its language: Move the country towards transparent election systems The currently utilized intellectual property software based election systems have been proven deficient by government study ( CA Secretary of State Top to Bottom Review etc)- Transparency in government should start with elections- We must implement uniform, open source, paper ballot systems by immediately conducting feasibility studies. The Obama administration should consider candidates with open government understanding when interpreting EAC positions. -- Brent Turner (Election Reform Activists for Obama ), SF, CA Dec 13 This idea is currently in 1st Place in Technology Policy and is in position to make it into the second round. But no sense in being complacent. EDA recommends voting for this measure, since it is the ONLY election-integrity-related proposal that has a chance of advancing past this elimination round of voting. (EI advocates of all stripes can debate the message once this proposal makes it to the second round of voting). You can vote for this issue RIGHT NOW by clicking this widget. (Be sure to come back and vote for the 2 HCPB proposals too).

The HCPB Proposals

There are two HCPB (hand-counted paper ballot) proposals in two different categories. Clearly, EDA advocates HCPB solutions to the election crisis. But neither of the HCPB proposals have nearly enough votes to survive the elimination round. We recommend voting for them anyhow. There is no penalty for multiple voting, and every vote counts. Maybe the 1048 members of this EDA news alert list can do something to improve those numbers between now and midnight -- especially the 94 of you who have offered to forward EDA announcements on to your own e-mail lists! You can vote for each of the 3 EI proposals using the widgets embedded on this page. And, you can FORWARD this message right now by clicking the E-mail this article link at the foot of this page. In the Other category, a HCPB proposal called "Return to citizen-run, citizen-counted, citizen monitored elections" is currently in 57th Place in Other and needs 1858 more votes to make it into the second round. Here are the top 3 issues in the Other category: 3,310 votes, Appoint Secretary of Peace in Department of Peace and Non-Violence 1,989 votes, Repeal the Patriot Act 1,921 votes, End Corporate "Personhood" Return to citizen-run, citizen-counted, citizen monitored elections reads in part: Control of elections must be taken back from corporations, whose procedures right now and for the last several election cycles equate to secret vote counting (with secret software and non-transparent procedures -AND brought back into the hands of citizens through hand-counted paper ballot elections - WITH enhanced security procedures such as video cameras on the ballot box - WITH citizens monitoring all day - WITH ballot boxes never leaving the table until 7pm when the box seals are broken and multi-partisan teams of citizens count all the votes until they all agree on the totals...AND TOTALS are posted, as Tom said, AT THE PRECINCT LEVEL. In this way, ballot boxes are extremely difficult if not impossible to stuff; ballot boxes may end up in the river or in the trunk of someone's car, but only after all the votes are counted. If any other computerized counting device is used as a second count, the hand count MUST be the "count of record" or the real results can easily be subverted. For the full text, see: To vote for it now, click the widget:

Be sure to come back and vote for the other EI proposals too.

The other HCPB proposal, in the Government Reform category, is called Hand Counted Paper Ballots (NOW), and reads as follows: Hand Counted Paper Ballots (NOW) The most single urgent issue confronting this country, preceding in importance all others, simply because it presupposes all other change in government, is emergent need for the return to observable voting process; and the only way to do that securely, and with voter confidence worthy of the name, is through the casting and counting of hard copy (i.e., paper) ballots, and posted at the precinct level, so as to secure the chain of custody for citizens. We have seen our democracy hijacked, de facto, by privatized voting interests, counting our votes in secret, an event that is absolute anathema to any believer in democracy, and prohibited by the U.S. Constitution, which mandates that one person shall cast a vote. Not a machine. The only way to return citizen confidence to voting, crucial to a credible and legitimate democracy, is to cast observable, palpable, ballots without the mediation of machines (or private voting criminals, ah, companies) and to have those ballots counted by fellow citizens as may be drafted at random, such as we do juries. If we do not resolve these chain of custody issues, we will not be secure in the results of our elections, nor even know who it is that controls and calculates them. We the People...must know; or change will be stillborn, void, and meaningless. -- John Ervin, Balboa, CA Dec 27 This idea is currently in 46th Place in Government Reform and needs 1427 more votes to make it into the second round.

Pull Out the Stops "til Midnight, Then Plan for Round 2

Dale Axelrod, a member of the EDA Communications Working Group, is taking the lead promoting the EI vote in the "Ideas for Change" contest. Dale writes: ". . . we need to make an diligent effort to maintain our 1st place position through tomorrow night. It looks like it's going to be neck and neck with the hardcore, internet savvy, 3rd-place proponents from now 'til midnight on the 31st. Can you email any of your private lists to vote today? (I can send you a sample email message if you'll email me directly.) Also we want to get organized now so we'll be ready when the 2nd round begins on Monday, January 5. Each qualifying idea will compete against the qualifying ideas from all other categories. The voting will end on Thursday, January 15. We need to be smart about our cyber-GOTV effort. Can you help with a second e-mail blast to your lists when the time comes, or do you have any other connections (i.e., social networking), or other ideas? Please reply via e-mail directly to me ( ASAP so we can get setup and ready to roll on January 5th. Thanks, Dale Sonoma County Democratic Central Committee, Alternate, District 2 Communications Working Group ------------------ Dale Axelrod ------- Petaluma CA 94952-3212 Phones (California, USA): ----- SF Voice Mail (24 hrs): 415-824-1549 -------------------------- Mobile: 707-235-9089 Web sites ----------- ------------------------- ------------------------- Email ----------------


What is Ideas for Change in America?

Ideas for Change in America is a citizen-driven project that aims to identify and create momentum around the best ideas for how the Obama Administration and 111th Congress can turn the broad call for "change" across the country into specific policies. The project is nonpartisan, and invites all political points of view. It is not connected to the Obama campaign or the Obama Administration.

How does it work?

Anyone can submit an idea and comment and vote on others. The top 10 rated ideas will be presented to the Obama Administration on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009 as the "Top 10 Ideas for America." We will then launch a national campaign behind each idea and mobilize the collective energy of the millions of members of, MySpace, and partner organizations to ensure that each winning idea gets the full consideration of the Obama Administration and Members of Congress.

How are the top ideas determined?

The "Top 10 Ideas for America" will be determined through two rounds of voting. In the first round, ideas will compete against other ideas in the same issue category. The first round will end on December 31, 2008, and the top 3 rated ideas from each category will make it into the second round. The second round of voting will begin on Monday, January 5, and each qualifying idea will compete against the qualifying ideas from all other categories. Second round voting will end on Thursday, January 15.