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Action of the Day January 11th through 15th


Second, Final Round of Voting Underway for "Top 10 Ideas for Change"

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The election integrity proposal Move the Country Towards Transparent Elections at, won 1st place in the Technology Policy category, qualifying for a runoff contest to place among the "Top 10 ideas for change." Out of 88 finalist ideas, this proposal is the ONLY ONE addressing voting system integrity. The second and FINAL voting round is now underway. Voting ends at 5 pm (Eastern Time) on Thursday, Jan 15th. The top vote-getting proposals will be presented to the Obama administration with advocacy backing from the coalition of organizations (see below for more about the coalition). This election transparency proposal, currently with 1500 votes, is in 36th place out of 88 entries. Running in 1st place with 10,219 votes is a proposal to legalize marijuana, while a proposal to forgive student loans is in 10th place with 5061 votes. So, quite a few votes are needed to lift this election transparency proposal into the Top 10. Vote Here Now. The proposal calls for open source software election systems. Although we at EDA advocate HCPB (hand-counted paper ballots) as the most satisfactory solution for a number of practical and philosophical reasons, we can agree with open source advocates that private corporations have no business running elections, and that open source, nontabulating ballot scanners and printers can help overcome linguistic and physical access barriers to voting while screening for accidental overvotes and undervotes. There are many informed and stimulating comments in the discussion on this proposal which we recommend for your consideration. Additionally, there are many other important proposals on a wide range of policy topics, and you may vote for as many as you like. Whatever other issues you may wish to support, however, we urge everyone to cast a vote for election transparency. As we should all realize by now, without honest elections, no other aspirations for positive social change can be achieved. "Change" begins with ensuring that our votes count! Vote Here Now.

Here's How to Help:

1. Vote in the final round. Then help us GOTV (get-out-the-vote): 2. Link this page to your web or social networking site. (Use the "Bookmark/Share" tools in the top right column). 3. Forward this page using the "E-mail this page" link at the foot of this article. 3. Send e-mail blasts to your lists now through the 15th. Feel free to attach or link to this PDF flyer Dale Axelrod of the EDA Communications Working Group is mobilizing the GOTV effort behind this proposal. Contact Dale with your ideas and offers of assistance: E-mail Voice Mail (24 hrs): 415-824-1549 Mobile: 707-235-9089

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More Details about and the "Top 10 Ideas for Change"


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.