Secretly counting our votesSubmitted by mikeck44 on Sat, 01/26/2008 - 22:54
After Attorney Mark Adams found that the vote counting process in SC was unconstitutional, I decided to do some research here in Virginia...here is what I found:
"Secrecy in casting votes shall be maintained, except as provision may be made for assistance to handicapped voters, but the ballot box or voting machine shall be kept in public view and shall not be opened, nor the ballots canvassed nor the votes counted, in secret." - Constitution of Virginia, Section 3, Method of voting.
This means our election process is unconstitutional. It is impossible to have a public counting of the votes with the touchscreen voting machines used in my area and I suppose state-wide...maybe even nation-wide. Also, there is no paper trail to even assure accurate tabulation or do a recount.
This is so basic to a free society and was totally ignored until Mark found similar wording in the South Carolina Constitution earlier this month. Here is Mark's post regarding his findings in SC:
I suggest that anyone who cares about freedom and their vote do a quick search through their constitution...if that phrase isn't in your constitution, you might want to find out why...if it is, make them squirm. I will be contacting my reps to see what action they are going to take to assure that the law is complied with fully, i.e. count my vote in public.
Let the fun and squirming begin,