Saturday, March 13, 2004

In Response to Major Fax Campaign by,
Three More States Protect Voters from Pitfalls of Computer Voting

Americans in seven states - up from three states less than a month ago - can now be assured that their votes will not be lost by unreliable computer voting machines.

That's because the secretaries of state of Vermont, Missouri, and West Virginia - in response to's "Computer Ate My Vote" campaign - recently pledged to require all computer voting machines in their states to produce a voter-verified paper ballot trail. Those states join California, Nevada, New Hampshire, and Oregon, which already require a paper trail.

The Computer Ate My Vote campaign is urging secretaries of state nationwide to safeguard democracy as a growing number of their colleagues are doing.

In the past three weeks, our campaign has

- staged a national press event in Washington, D.C., that generated coverage on National Public Radio, on CNN, in Wired magazine, and by local outlets across the country;
- helped 35,577 TrueMajority members send faxes to their secretaries of state;
- held news conferences addressing secretaries of state in Colorado and Florida, with Pennsylvania scheduled this week and others soon thereafter;
- promoted a Super Tuesday protest at polling places in Maryland, and
- testified against paperless voting at a hearing held by Pennsylvania legislators.

Letters to the editor, op-eds, and paid advertising will follow in succession to generate sustained pressure.

Check out the Computer Ate My Vote campaign materials at

For more detailed information about computer voting, visit or

We'll keep you posted.

Yours in Stopping Computers from Eating Our Votes,

Ben Cohen


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