OK, imagine an issue where this site closely aligned with a Daily Kos diary.
Right now, if you live in California, there’s something you need to do. Here’s what’s on Kos:
The Plan: CALL 5 SENATORS on CA Senate Rules Committee (see #s below)
You will be requesting Subpoenas on KEY WITNESSES — on election industry and certification insiders who did not come forth on the 16th to testify under oath.
The Goal: Subpoena-induced sworn testimony from voting machine vendors and errant testing labs, voting machine examiners.
THIS IS EASY. YOU CAN DO IT. YOU MUST DO IT.
Here is your contact list for the Rules Committee, you need not be Californian: Urge support for subpoenas of election industry and certification insiders who didn’t testify on the 16th.
IT’S ONLY 5 CALLS/ EMAILS
Senator Don Perata (Chair) D
District office (510) 286-1333
Senator Jim Battin (Vice-Chair) R
Senator Roy Ashburn R
Senator Debra Bowen D
EMAIL ONLY Debra@debrabowen.com – (Ms. Bowen is mounting this case and will be busy preparing, emails are welcomed– See below*)
Senator Gilbert Cedillo D
SECOND- What to say:
Be concise, be polite, be professional. Here’s your message: ask for “Rules Committee support for subpoenas of election industry and certification insiders who won’t otherwise inform the Elections Committee as to what’s going on”.
The key people: Diebold head programmers, federal testing labs (Ciber, Wyle) that repeatedly certified these flawed systems, voting system examiners who took taxpayer money, spent hours on so-called “security exams” on systems your 12-year old sister can hack, then repeatedly recommended for certification.
This is about volume of calls logged, emails sent. Not only should YOU make calls, but this needs to go out to your list.
Polite, professional, short clear message, FIRM is what works. Your passion and conviction will speak volumes.
Once subpoenas go out, that will have nationwide impact. Never before have the key witnesses had to answer questions under oath in public. That will unravel the garment, and we are so close. Demonstrate that the citizenry of America wants those guys compelled to testify, with subpoena power, under oath. Per Bev Harris…”Perjury will follow”. It’s our best shot that is achievable before the critical Nov. elections.
THIRD – if you want to do more:
Suggestions from Bev Harris of BlackBoxVoting.org-
Next comes gathering evidence in the form of public records. I’ll work with any who volunteer to send customized public records request letters, will help
you learn the ropes, will suggest some really juicy stuff to ask for. This year, it is all about mentoring individuals to regain their power as citizens. Just one
person can make a difference.
But you need evidence, and records requests are the best way to get it. For the power of a single records request by a single individual, look at what Joan Quinn achieved in the article called “Voting machine examiners chickening out” on our home page, I think it’s the third article down on www.blackboxvoting.org.
* UPDATE: State Senator Debra Bowen, working feverishly on the forefront of election integrity, wrote me last night to request that we email her offices rather than call. Her words:
“Email is great because it is easy for us to log and report — and we can actually prove how many emails we’ve received!”
“We are going to need an enormous amount of people power in the next couple of weeks. Together we can change this whole pathetic mess. Let’s stand up for our democracy RIGHT NOW.”
“Please email me in support of issuing subpoenas rather than calling — you will save my staff a great deal of time logging calls, and you know what kind work we have
to do right now. You can always call and fax later!”
Use this address:
“Anyone cross-posting, please include the contact info — www.debrabowen.com and the email address. My team will strategize
about this in the next 24 hours. There is so much happening at once.”
“I have a stack of documents to read, so I’m going to log off. We’ll get our contact plan out before offices open on Tuesday, but email doesn’t have to wait for the end of a holiday weekend.”
THANKS EVERYONE, IN ADVANCE, FOR MAKING FIVE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT PHONE CALLS FOR DEMOCRACY.
For more information on election issues, see my website: Who’s Counting? Recommend the Chapters on “Technology” and “The Companies” as a Primer.