"Are We A Democracy? " -- 2/17/07, Oakland CA

On or After Feb. 14, 2007

Contacts: Dan Ashby 510.233.2144 Dan[at]electiondefensealliance[dot]org

Jim Soper 510.258.4857 SomeThoughts[at]Aol[dot]com

Are We a Democracy? Vote Counting in the United States

Election Researchers Make Case for Mass Fraud in Recent U.S. Elections

 Five nationally recognized election investigators will present evidence of "mass scale election fraud in recent U.S. federal elections" at a free public event Saturday,
February 17,  from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Rockridge Library in Oakland, sponsored by Election Defense Alliance.

This rare combination of speakers is possible because four Ph.D scientists on the panel are in San Francisco this week presenting their election research papers to the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Joining them will be election attorney Paul Lehto, a litigator in three landmark election contest lawsuits.

The program lineup includes:

* Dr. Steven Freeman, co-author of "Was the 2004 Presidential Election Stolen?"

* Dr. David Griscom, co-investigator of a fraud that falsified optical-scan ballot counts in Arizona

* Dr. Joshua Mitteldorf, analyst, examines 2006 election exit poll divergence from election returns

* Dr. Stephanie Singer, data consultant, on public access to election data and verification of results

* Election attorney Paul Lehto, speaking on legal and political standards necessary for democracy

In recent years, major changes have occurred in the way U.S. votes are cast and counted.
The federal Help America Vote Act of 2002 spurred states and counties into a $3.8 billion rush to near-universal computerized voting.
With hundreds of thousands of electronic voting machines running secret software that few understand and none can examine,
what confidence can voters have that their votes are recorded and counted honestly --
considering that it's the control of the U.S. government that's at stake?

The voters themselves are systematically exluded from direct oversight of the electronic and heavily privatized election systems we now have.
What kinds of reforms can citizens realistically expect to achieve, against the resistance of e-voting vendors, election adminstrators, and the major political parties?
These and other questions will be addressed in the speaker's presentations, and in the audience question and answer period to follow.

This event is sponsored by Election Defense Alliance, a national coordinating body for electoral integrity groups and individual citizens
working at the county, state, and national levels to establish an electoral system that is fully in the public domain, transparent and secure,
subject to manual audit verification, with citizen oversight and participation at every phase of the electoral process.

WHEN: Saturday, February 17, 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: Rockridge Library, 5366 College Avenue (at Manila) in Oakland, CA 94618