Submit written testimony about election integrity before Thursday, Oct 25—right away—and get your friends and local group to do the same! After the invited testimony, oral testimony will be taken from any member of the public who is present and signs up, so if you can make it that day, please come! The hearing starts at 10.
Informational Hearing of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Elections, and the UW System. They will be taking oral and written testimony on allegations/refutations of voter fraud and on issues surrounding electronic counting of the votes.
My urgent message with this email is to ask you to submit written testimony yourself, and to get this word out to your local grassroots group and friends, and get as many citizens as you can to submit letters of written testimony in support of: 1) voter-marked paper ballots and 2) effective post-election audits of the counts before results are certified. (We’re okay with optical scanners providing a quick, initial count on Election Night—as long as the results of each machine-count are audited against the actual ballots before election results are certified.)
I’ve attached a pdf flyer urging individuals and groups to submit written testimony for a hearing on elections practices and procedures scheduled for next Thursday, Oct. 25. Senator Kathleen Vinehout has called an Informational Hearing of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Elections, and the UW System. They will be taking oral and written testimony on allegations/refutations of voter fraud and on issues surrounding electronic counting of the votes.
Vinehout’s staff told us last Friday that WGN is invited to give oral testimony, which Gary, Nate, Jim, and I have already started to plan, with the same basic message I just asked you to convey. A major theme of our testimony will that the VOTERS DOUBT election results. The more written testimony we get to back that up, the stronger our point will be. We’re going to make two more specific recommendations, too: That the Legislature needs to tell GAB that local elected officials should be able to hand-count votes on election night to check the optical scanner’s accuracy; and that the Legislature needs to direct the Legislative Audit Bureau to review the adequacy of current election-integrity practices and make recommendations for their improvement.
This flyer will be going out to people on WGN’s contacts data base, but I wanted the workgroup members to get it first, so you can get it to your local grassroots groups for sure.
The following information is in the flyer, but here it is for easier copy-and-paste:
Senate Committee on Agriculture, Elections, and UW System
Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, Chair
Sen. Jon Erpenbach, Vice chair
P.O. Box 7882
Madison, WI 53707
Please accept the following as written testimony for the informational hearing on election practices and procedures scheduled for October 25, 2012.
[Write your testimony. It doesn’t have to be long; just weigh in. We want a blizzard of written testimony.]
(Individual or group)
Send your testimony via US mail to the address on the letter, and/or email it to the Committee:
Alert your local newspapers to this hearing, too!
For more information about election integrity and WGN activities, visit www.wisconsingrassroots.net, click on “Issues” and then “Election Integrity,”
2 E main St
madison, WI 53702
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