MAXINE WATERS SENDS LETTER WITH JOHN CONYERS TO COLLEAGUES URGING THEM TO SUPPORT VELVET REVOLUTION'S "DIVESTITURE FOR DEMOCRACY" VOTING MACHINE COMPANY RECOMMENDATIONS!
State "very strong position" that companies must adopt standards or be denied HAVA Government Funding!Support for VR's Campaign Gains Increasing Support from Politicians!
UPDATE 3/21/05: Twenty U.S. House Members Sign on to letter!Details and complete signed letter here...
Last week, in his endorsement of Velvet Revolution's "Divestiture for Democracy" Campaign, Congressman John Conyers, the ranking minority member of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, said: "I applaud Velvet Revolution's actions and recommendations with regard to election machinery firms. I believe it is critical that we take every action we can to encourage these companies to help us restore our people's trust in our elections. I look forward to working with Velvet Revolution on this effort."
Today, Mr. Conyers kept his promise by joining with Congresswoman Maxine Waters in sending a letter to their congressional colleagues asking them to sign onto a letter to all nine of America's Voting Machine companies urging them to immediately implement the recommendations made by VR in our February 21, 2005 letter to the companies.
Their letter to the companies restates the position that no government funding should be given to companies which do not voluntarily implement these standards!
Here is the text of the letter sent by Ms. Waters and Mr. Conyers this afternoon:
JOIN SIGN ON LETTER TO ASK VOTING MACHINES COMPANIES TO VOLUNTARILY ADOPT STANDARDS TO COUNT EVERY VOTE
March 16, 2005
As a result of HAVA, many states replaced their paper ballots with electronic voting machines. However, during the November 2004 Presidential election, there were a number of incidents that raised concerns about the performance, reliability and security of the voting machines.
The voting machine problems have spurred many members of Congress to take action and introduce legislation to enhance integrity of our electoral process.% (Velvet Revolution 3-16-05)