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COMMON CAUSE LAUNCHES EFFORT TO STOP VOTER SUPPRESSION IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY

By Nadin Abbott

October 24, 2012 (San Diego)-- It is ironic. This morning ECM attended a press conference dealing with voting suppression, while nearby volunteers from both the Democratic and Republican Parties were getting ready to register newly minted citizens after their naturalization ceremonies.

The conference was called by State Senator Leeland Yee (D-8). He was joined by State Representative Marti Block (D-78- Assembly), as well as Simon Mayeski of the non partisan Common Cause and Phillip W. Liburd, Executive Board Member of the NAACP San Diego Branch.

VOTING RIGHTS UNDER ATTACK IN U.S. AND SAN DIEGO

Common Cause seeks volunteers to monitor polls on Election Day

October 24, 2012 (San Diego)--This past June, San Diego witnessed an unprecedented surge in voter intimidation during the primary. A nationally funded voter suppression effort is expected to employ even harsher bullying tactics on November 6th, when even more voters will be exercising their fundamental right to cast a ballot.

VOTERS' WATCHDOG: SAN DIEGO REDISTRICTING MEETINGS ANNOUNCED

By Miriam Raftery

 

April 2, 2011 (San Diego) -- Every 10 years, the City of San Diego Redistricting Commission redraws the political boundaries for City Council districts candidates. This is a once in a decade occasion. The County is also redistricting its Supervisorial seats.  Want to have a say in how your community gets represented for the next 10 years?

 

The best way to do this is to give public testimony during the early stages of the redistricting process.  You can testify or learn more at nine pre-map hearings set in locations throughout San Diego in April and early May, as well as at Redistricting Commission regular meetings downtown. Below are details on dates, times, and locations.

QUESTIONS FREQUENTLY ASKED BY VOTERS


Today is last day to request mail-in ballot

By Mary E. Paulet

 

October 26, 2010 (San Diego) -- Voters often have questions as Election Day draws near. Need help finding your polling place or an early voting location?  What if you didn't receive your mail-in ballot, or know a disabled voter who needs assistance?  Find answers to these and other concerns below.

MILITARY VOTING BY INTERNET BALLOTS CANCELLED AFTER HACK REVEALS SECURITY FLAWS

 

Update:  Chinese and Iraqi hackers also attempted to hack this election, a startling report today reveals.  
By Miriam Raftery

 

October 11, 2010 (San Diego's East County) -- The U.S. military has cancelled Internet voting for U.S. troops after hackers infiltrated an online election in Washington D.C., playing the University of Michigan “Fight” song on the voting system--and accessing the ability to change votes.

WILL YOUR VOTE BE COUNTED? PANEL ON MIDTERM ELECTION ISSUES JUNE 30

 

Since it is easier to rig an electronic voting system than it is to rig a Las Vegas slot machine, citizens are rightly concerned about who is counting the ballots and how we can be sure that the real winners are sworn in.” --Linda Poniktera, executive director, Psephos

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

June 29, 2010 (San Diego) - Psephos, a San Diego-based nonprofit dedicated to election integrity, is sponsoring an expert panel on the 2010 Midterm Elections with co-sponsors including 10 News, Common Cause of San Diego, Plan of Action in a Changing Era (P.A.C.E.) and the Peace and Democracy Action Group of the First Unitarian Universalist Church. The event, which is open to the public, will be held from 6-7 p.m. at the 10 News station, 4600 Air Way, San Diego.

VOTER'S WATCHDOG: TOP TEN PROBLEMS WITH EXPANDING ABSENTEE VOTING

Absentee voting has been expanded in 25 states. This reduces public controls and expands opportunity for election fraud.

By guest columnist Bev Harris, Founder

www.BlackBoxVoting.org

 

October 13, 2009 -- Risky electoral conditions are being introduced because someone says "Why don't we just mail ballots?" Election officials are pitching vote by mail as convenient and safe. Journalists don't always obtain an opposing point of view before publishing stories on this risky new trend. Half the USA has now shifted to no-fault absentee voting. Here is an opposing point of view, along with sources and citations for vote-by-mail incidents.

FIXING WHAT’S BROKEN: CALL BROADENS TO HOLD A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION IN CALIFORNIA

 

By Miriam Raftery,, Voter's Watchdog columnist

August 4, 2009 (San Diego) – An overflow crowd packed the Mission Valley Library on Saturday, August 1st,  when Common Cause hosted a town hall meeting to discuss overhauling the state’s constitution. The government reform group is hosting a series of townhalls throughout California, joining a diverse coalition calling for change in our legislative process. One business-led group revealed plans to put initiatives on next year’s ballot to convene a state Constitutional Convention and rewrite the rules on how we make our laws.

 

“We believe California’s system of government is fundamentally broken,” Jim Wunderman, president and CEO of the Bay Area Council, said in a statement published the group’s website. The Council represents 275 of the Bay Area’s largest employers ranging from Google to major oil companies, foundations and educational institutions.

VOTER’S WATCHDOG: ELECTION OFFICIALS ARRESTED FOR RIGGING ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES; PLUS DIEBOLD ATM MACHINES FOUND TO CONTAIN SECRET ID-STEALING SOFTWARE

By Miriam Raftery

April 1, 2009 (La Mesa)—The prospect of election-rigging via electronic vote machines is no longer a theory. In Kentucky, election officials have been arrested for reportedly buying and selling votes—and manipulating votes using electronic voting machines without the knowledge of voters. Officials arrested and charged under Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) laws normally reserved for organized crime included a circuit court judge, the county clerk, a school superintendent and other members of the Clay County elections board, Brad Friedman reported in an article titled “Kentucky Fried Clickin’” at Bradblog.com. According to the indictment, the officials’ alleged criminal actions affected outcomes of federal, local and state primary and general elections in 2002, 2004 and 2006.

VOTER’S WATCHDOG: CIA WARNS E-VOTING NOT SECURE; PROOF EMERGES THAT CA'S DIEBOLD VOTING MACHINES DROP VOTES & AUDIT LOGS ALLOW DELETION OF VOTING RECORDS

By Miriam Raftery

March
28, 2009 (San Diego’s East County)—In testimony before the U.S.
Election Assistance Commission in Florida, CIA cyber security expert Steven
Stigall said that voting equipment connected to the Internet could be hacked
and that even machines not connected could be hacked with wireless devices. Stigall
warned that foreign governments could potentially alter outcomes of U.S. elections,
noting that “wherever the vote becomes an electron and touches a computer,
that’s an opportunity for a malicious actor to…make bad things
happen.”

VOTER'S WATCHDOG - Be a Good Citizen: Vote!

VOTER’S WATCHDOG - Be a Good Citizen: Vote!

By Penelope Young Andrade, LCSW, guest columnist

Are you ready to be a good citizen? Like many of us, you may have some trouble
naming your Congressperson, or knowing the number of your Congressional district.
No blame. It’s easy to get caught in demands at home or work and forget
that one of your most important relationships is with your government – community,
city, state, and national.

VOTER'S WATCHDOG: WILL YOUR VOTE COUNT?

SAElogo.jpgThis
information is important for everyone, but especially for newly registered
voters.  Please forward, post or printout this information.  Avoid
confusion on Election Day and make sure everyone gets to the correct polling
place to avoid use of Provisional Ballots.

VOTER'S WATCHDOG: PROTECTING YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE

Why you should vote—and how to be a smart voter

By Miriam Raftery

October
1, 2008 (San Diego’s East County)
--  Your
vote does count!

John F. Kennedy was elected president of the United States by just one vote
per precinct nationwide.  Some local races have been decided by just a
handful of votes.

Decisions made in the November 4 election will impact the future of us all.

Voter's Watchdog - Protecting Your Right to Vote

By Miriam Raftery

“We know where the fix is in this year.  If I were in San
Diego, I’d be afraid. I’d be very afraid.” – Bob
Fitrakis, national election integrity expert

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