Ballot Initiatives?Submitted by Denise B on Wed, 06/06/2012 - 16:03
I wanted to throw an idea out there that I've been thinking about and get some input/ideas from the DP community. We all know that the probability that electronic vote fraud is occuring is very high. In addition, most of us realize that if we can not find a way to overcome this issue, it doesn't really matter what we do to try to get honest, liberty-minded candidates elected, because in the end, "It doesn't matter who votes, it only matters who counts the votes".
Knowing this, I was wondering if dealing with this through Ballot Initiatives might be possible and worth pursuing? Have an initiative written up that bans the use of the electronic voter machines and requires that only paper ballots be used, and that those ballots be counted in full view of the public. Maybe get a group of people together in each state to work on the initiative for their state (because each state has it's own rules and procedures) and maybe set up a centralized website to provide guidance and updates for each state's effort.
I think it would be too late in most, if not all state's, to get it on the ballot for November, but it could certainly be done for the next election cycle. You could have a pamphlet/brochure made up detailing all of the reasons why it is imperative that we secure the integrity of our voting system and hand them out while you are collecting signatures for it - which would help quite a bit to raise the public's awareness of this issue, and really, who is going to argue that this is not something that everyone needs to be concerned about?
The time to do something like this would have to be now while there are at least some states who haven't gone over to the diebold machines. Even if the first time around only a few states actually adopted it, it would be a good gauge to see how these states fair compared to the rest around election time again.
So what do you think? Could it be done? I think we all know that we need to do something to solve this problem and we should be putting our heads together to come up with a way to do it....