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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Bruce Funk's hearing with the State Records Committee starts at 8:45 a.m. tomorrow and mine is scheduled right after his at 10:30. The hearings will be held at:
State Archives Building,
Training Room
346 S. Rio Grande (450 West)
Salt Lake City
In Funk vs. Emery, Bruce Funk is requesting copies of all digital and tape recordings of public and executive sessions of the Emery County Commission meetings of March 27, 2006 and March 31, 2006.
In Straight (Utah C.L.E.A.R.) vs Lt. Governor's Office, Joycelynn Straight is requesting a copy, at no charge, of the statewide voter registration database as it existed on April 14, 2006, or, at the very least, a reasonably priced copy of all data in that database that is public record.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Tonight! Election Integrity Discussion in Salt Lake City featuring Bruce Funk.

Joycelynn Straight, a Utah VOTE member, will accompany him.

Subject: Utah Election Integrity Issues

When: Thursday, 27 July 2006 at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Salt Lake Community College (SLCC), 4445 South Redwood Road (1700 West.)

Who: Bruce C. Funk, Emery County, Utah, Clerk/Auditor and Joycelynn Straight, co-founder of Utah CLEAR, a non-partisan government oversight and public advocacy project and a contributing member of Utah VOTE.

Why: Bruce discovered problems with the Diebold voting machines in Emery County, Utah that made national headlines. His subsequent experiences should have the attention of all Utah citizens.

Cost: Free (Donations would be appreciated to help defray Bruce Funk's travel costs.)

Bruce Funk, who served as Emery County Clerk for 23 years, will be appearing in his first public meeting in Utah to discuss the problems he discovered, and sought to resolve, with the Diebold voting machines in Emery County and his subsequent experiences arising from that. Bruce was locked out of his office this spring after action by county commissioners following an on-site intervention by State election officials accompanied by Diebold representatives.

His experiences have crucial relevance to the integrity of the entire voting process in Utah, as well as nationally, and should be known by all citizens who expect honesty, accountability, and justice from their government. Bruce has discussed this issue on both national and local radio programs and has been quoted frequently in the news.

Joycelynn Straight is an Election Integrity Advocate and a member of Utah VOTE. She has researched election integrity issues for a number of years and, since last October, has devoted her attention to it, full-time. Joycelynn was a featured speaker on election integrity issues at a recent meeting of the Agnes Kehoe Progressive Alliance in Washington State. Tonight, she will provide insight into various aspects of Utah's election processes, at both the state and county levels.

Bruce and Joycelynn will be speaking at 7:00 p.m., at the Salt Lake Community College, Redwood Campus (4600 South Redwood Road), Student Center in the 'Oak Room'. You are highly encouraged to attend.

This special appearance is sponsored by the Utah Eagle Forum Conservatives (a youth group) and by the Skousen Group (members of the late Dr. Skousen's seminars on the U.S. Constitution.)

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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

The House Science Committee that Congressman Matheson serves on will be holding hearings tomorrow in DC on the subject of the new voting machines, and he would like to hear from those with issues or concerns they would like to raise.

Rep. Matheson's contact info:


1222 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone - (202) 225-3011
Fax - (202) 225-5638

240 East Morris Avenue #235
South Salt Lake, UT 84115
Phone - (801) 486-1236
Fax - (801) 486-1417

321 North Mall Dr., #E101B
St. George, UT 84790
Phone - (435) 627-0880
Fax - (435) 627-1473

Carbon County Courthouse
120 East Main Street
Price, UT 84501
Phone - (435) 636-3722
Fax - (435) 613-1834

Toll-Free Number 1 (877) 677-9743

Wednesday July 19, 2006
Science Committee and House Administration Committee - Joint Hearing
Voting Machines: Will New Standards and Guidelines Prevent Future Problems?
2:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.
2318 Rayburn House Office Building (WEBCAST)
Contact: Republican Staff: Olwen Huxley, 225-8844
Democrat Staff: Mike Quear, 225-6375

Friday, July 07, 2006

Will your vote really be counted in Utah?

July 6, 2006

Following the recent primary election in Utah, some races were so close that under state law, a recount must be implemented. Because our local election officials and media have ignored the advice of an overwhelming number of Utah computer scientists in favor of a handful of national "experts" who seem to be more closely aligned with Diebold voting machine corporation then with the voters of Utah, the law passed this year in Utah is ambiguous as to whether the paper printouts produced on the machines used here can be referred to in such a recount.

As of this statement, Salt Lake County clerk Sherrie Swenson intends not to use the paper record as the official tally, and will instead, depend on the digital record produced by the machines.This statement by Governor Bill Richardson was delivered to the present Governor of Utah, the Lt. Governor, and his Chief of Staff months ago:
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To the State Officials of the 50 United States of America

Dear Colleagues,
The hallmark of American democracy is one person, one vote.

The reason refugees and immigrants, students and professionals from around the world continue to flock toward our shores is because we fundamentally believe in the worth of each person. We believe "all men and all women are created equal." We believe that regardless of gender, race, class or creed ? all voices deserve respect; all voices deserve to be heard. And when it comes to elections, all votes deserve to be counted.

But is our democracy, is our hallmark principle of one person, one vote, on solid ground?

Recent elections would suggest that democracy, the greatest system of government in the world, can be broken. As the world witnessed in 2000, the sanctity of the ballot box and the integrity of our government are vulnerable. The people of the United States lost faith in the electoral process, and the covenant between citizens and elected officials deteriorated. Those national officials scrambled to pass legislation to restore voter confidence, but in 2004, inaccurate exit polls raised further doubts about electronic voting machines without a verifiable paper record.

In New Mexico, a coalition of concerned citizens demanded action. Working together with these citizens and the state legislature, I signed several laws which guarantee that every ballot is counted. New Mexico improved and standardized training for poll workers. We established statewide standards for provisional ballots to ensure that voters in low-income areas will not disenfranchised. We made absentee voting fair, simple, and uniform.

And we took one more critical step to ensure one person, one vote.

On March 2, 2006, I will sign a bill that will transition New Mexico to an all paper-ballot system using optical scanners to count the vote. Paper ballots are the least expensive, most secure form of voting available. Having marked their votes with pen and paper, voters will walk out of the booth and know their voices have been heard. Optical scanners will quickly and accurately provide results, while in the event of a recount the ballots themselves will be a permanent, verifiable record of the people's directions to their government.

Some believe that computer touch screen machines are the future of electoral systems, but the technology simply fails to pass the test of reliability. As anyone who uses one can attest, computers break down, get viruses, lose information, and corrupt data. We know this to be the case, and so we back-up our files to ensure nothing important is lost. Paper ballots serve as the ultimate back-up for our elections, providing secure and permanent verification of the will of the people.

New Mexico has chosen paper ballots as the best system to secure our election process. With the new system in place, future elections will be secure, honest, and verifiable. Every vote will count and the citizens of our state will know that their government belongs to them.

One person, one vote is in jeopardy if we do not act boldly and immediately. American citizens once took for granted that every vote mattered, but no longer. It is time that we, the elected state officials, work to restore American's confidence in our electoral systems and undertake reform that moves to eliminate skepticism and uncertainty.

When a vote is cast, a vote should be counted. With paper ballots we will have a record. With paper ballots the fundamental principle of one person, one vote is safe.

Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Utah Voters for Open and Transparent Elections (U-VOTE) is a new organization formed specifically to address issues related to electronic voting machines and the threat they pose to the integrity of Utah elections. Historically, Utah has not experienced the well publicized problems we saw in Florida during the 2000 election or in Ohio in 2004. County clerks throughout Utah have done a masterful job of managing our elections with integrity, ensuring every vote is fairly and accurately counted and deserve the thanks of every citizen of Utah for their efforts.
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