Action Alert

June 22, 2004

An Action Alert on Verifiable Voting from our friends at Common Cause:

Protect Our Votes!  Rally June 22 for Paper Trails!

This afternoon Common Cause and other election reform advocates are holding a rally in Washington, DC to support voter-verified paper trails to provide a reliable method to count and recount votes cast on computerized voting machines.  Common Cause President Chellie Pingree will speak at the event and will be joined by representatives from our partner organizations such as True Majority, Verified Voting, and Rock the Vote.

While you might not be in DC tomorrow to join us, you can still help!

Call your Representative in Congress and let him or her know you support a voter-verified paper ballot so that we can make sure every vote is counted as cast this November.   Tell them to support (HR 2239), the Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2003, and allow this bill to come up for a vote!

Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to speak to your Representative.

This important bill already has 141 co-sponsors, but it is being held up in committee, so we need to keep the pressure on.  The decisions Congress makes in the next month could determine what voting methods many Americans will use this November and for years to come.  Millions of Americans should not have to vote on electronic terminals that are vulnerable to hacking and malfunction.  Click here to visit the Common Cause statement on voting machines.

In case you are in the DC area and would like to join us, the information for the rally is below.

When:  Tuesday, June 22, 11:45 to 1:00 p.m.

Where:  Cannon Terrace, just south of the U.S. Capitol, between the Cannon and Longworth House Office Buildings (at the corner of New Jersey and Independence Avenues) Metro Station:  Capitol South, blue and orange metro lines.

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Easy Web Actions you can take to help Protect Our Votes:

Both and former Presidential candidate Howard Dean's organization, Democracy for America have online petitions urging Congress and the states to require that any electronic voting machine used in the November election be required to produce a paper trail that allows voters to verify their choices and officials to conduct recounts. 

To sign the petition(s) visit:  and

Upcoming events related to this issue: 

WV-CAG has been working closely with WV Citizens for HAVA (short for Help America Vote Act), a grassroots group of concerned citizens founded by Charleston anesthesiologist and CAG member Hedda Haning.   Last week Hedda spoke before the legislative interim committee that is considering whether to require a voter verifiable paper ballot on electronic voting machines used in West Virginia.  This Thursday, June 24 Hedda will be speaking to the Kanawha County Commission.  The Commission will meet at 5pm at in the Commissioners Courtroom on the 1st Floor of the Kanawha County Courthouse.  Hedda is very knowledgeable on this issue.  Please come out if you want to learn more and support our efforts to protect the vote here in West Virginia.


On Monday, July 12 at 7pm at Cabell County Downtown Library, the Huntington League of Women Voters has scheduled a meeting for League members and the public on the security of electronic voting. The League has invited Karen Cole, Cabell County Clerk; Mike McCarthy of Marshall University; and a representative of the Secretary of State's office to speak at the meeting, and take questions from the audience.

The Charleston League of Women Voters will be holding a similar meeting on Tuesday, September 28 at 7pm at the Baptist Temple at the corner of Morris and Quarrier Steets in Charleston.  Hedda will be speaking at this event. 

We hope to have a page devoted to this issue up at our website soon which will highlight actions you can take to help protect the vote here in West Virginia.  In the meantime if you would like more information please e-mail