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Legislature Moving to Destroy Fair Elections TODAY!

(Alert for 8/18/04 Last updated on 8/28/04)

Update for 8/28/04: At the August 18 hearing, legislators did not end plans to purchase electronic voting machines fraught with fatal security problems. Another hearing will be held in the next 1-2 months.  We recommend that you continue to press your officials to take action stop this scam.

Summary: According to Utah Count Votes, despite warnings from many citizens and organizations, the legislature is planning to press forward and purchase electronic voting machines fraught with fatal security problems. Act now or surrender your hopes for a fair and verifiable election process.


1. Damn the Citizens: Full Speed Ahead!



1. Damn the Citizens: Full Speed Ahead!

Last year, Accountability Utah sent out a Fraud Advisory warning citizens against the coming siege to implement fraudulent electronic voting machines.  Citizens have increasingly voiced their objections to the complete lack of security inherent to current proposals.

Notwithstanding all this, Utah Count Votes reports in an e-mail alert that:

"Despite all our excellent testimony on 8/12, it seems that the cmte [committee] plans to go ahead and select voting equipment from among the two proprietary (if not paperless, then at least a completely inadequate paper ballot for storing or recounting) DRE voting machine  proposals of Diebold or ES&S.  (See http://votersunite.org Info page for partial lists of problems with these two DRE vendors' machines)."
Note: For an excellent piece on why current plans are unacceptable, see their piece, "Eight Reasons to Set Aside Utah's RFP".

The committee referred to is the Government Operations Interim Committee, and the meeting will take place TODAY, Wednesday, August 18, 2004, at 2:00 p.m. in Room W020 of the House Building.  See the agenda and committee membership.

This is par for the course.  As we mentioned in our Fraud Advisory, Gov. Walker has craftily opposed a true, verified paper trail all along.

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We strongly recommend the following actions:

1. Attend the hearing, witness their actions, and give officials a piece of your mind. 

2. Call (and, if possible, fax and email) the officials below:

  • Your own state representative and state senator
    For help finding your legislator, visit our elected official contact page.

  • Members of the Government Operations Interim Committee. Representatives: Jim Ferrin (Co Chair); Douglas Aagard; Ron Bigelow; Bud Bowman; Don Bush; Neal Hendrickson; Eric Hutchings; Rosalind McGee; Karen Morgan; Peggy Wallace. Senators: Bill Hickman (Co Chair); Ron Allen; Beverly Evans; Alma Mansell; Michael Waddoups.
    Again, see the house and senate general contact information at our elected official contact page.

  • Governor Olene Walker
    Phone: 801-538-1000
    Toll-free: 800-705-2464
    Fax: 801-538-1528
    E-mail (form):

For talking points, see our Fraud Advisory and Utah Vote Count's piece, "Eight Reasons to Set Aside Utah's RFP".  Please inform us of any responses you receive at info@accountabilityutah.org.

3. Forward this message to your family, friends, and any activists you know. Encourage them to voice their concerns and get involved.

4. Volunteer to participate with Accountability Utah's new "Election Integrity Task Force".  This may include fliering the districts of collaborating officials.

5. Monitor this site for new and updated information and join our alert list by e-mailing us at info@accountabilityutah.org.

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Accountability Utah recipe: Take our information and opinion, research their information and opinion (if it is available), and then examine the law and draw your own conclusions. For more information on similar issues, see the Voting/Elections section of our Issues & Alerts page.

If you have comments or suggestions, please email us at info@accountabilityutah.org.


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