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This is quite a stunner: Kucinich has just introduced legislation, HR 6200, to AMEND H.A.V.A and rid us of machines: mandated paper ballots only, hand counted and POSTED at the PRECINCT level, for one and all to see.

This is the whole enchilada for Election Reform, as far as we can tell.  It is as close to ideal as anything in our dearest dreams.  I had no idea this was being taken that seriously, this early, and this immediately put before Congress, but thought it was farther off on the horizon.  Even if the Republicans shoot it down in bogus fashion, it forces their hand, at a time when they are busy contending with their damage control, and puts this one and only true reform of voting on the map.  Apparently some of our reps have been listening to us. There are also some of the people in our voting groups in Ohio, elsewhere., not all, but we have been fighting a lot of the others for two and a half years now, to get this on the front burner. All Paper, all People counted, all Posted at the Precinct level, with full access to participation by public and neutral observers.

 exactly, point for point, what my article was about two months ago at .  In each key detail.  Of course, the writer ~ Mark Crispin Miller ~~ whose post was the object of my commentary, is at the Cleveland conference and a key speaker there this week, with several other allies of ours, and our people are taking this battle directly to them.   Kucinich attended it, at Tri-C College, near my Union HQ, since that is Dennis' district, and the email below reflects much of the excitement and encouragement after Kucinich's speech.  Following Lynn Landes' trailblazing work on this subject, and her unsuccessful but valiant court battle to ban machines, finally dismissed by the U.S. Supreme Court, we also have been carrying that torch, insisting this all Paper and People voting process is the ONLY way we can secure our election integrity, and that was after studying the way Canada has been doing it for quite some time, just like this, all the official Canadian documents, links, are posted  at, Landes' site of key research. (  Interesting too, when I spoke to Kucinich, tete-a-tete, three years ago at Laguna Woods Clubhouse 3, across the street from our family bungalow there, I pointedly asked him about voting fraud, and all he said was, "I'm supporting paper trails," and then kind of blew me off, capping an otherwise friendly five minute schmooze.  But now he's finally plugging, with John Conyers, McKinney, Maxine Waters, et al., the ONE thing we've been asking for, since then, these last two years, and more: All Paper and People Process, and this would solve our election problems, at least the voting integrity part of it. )  Fraud will always be an issue, in the ol' U.S. of A. ( or as Garrison Keillor called them recently, The United Corporations of America ) but this proposed legislation is the equivalent of Ivory Soap, at least as far as the visible process goes: 99.44% pure................

For all of us who have left our other lives years ago, to focus on this, this has to be hyper-ventilatingly exciting.  Yes, Virginia, I think, this time, I WILL....hold my breath!    ~JE

When convenient, please read this important info below:

Additional info, on co-sponsors of HR 6200 ( this is the original email Rady Ananda sent me: she's tops, and I've known her for over a year ~~ she was one person, besides my radio host friend, Jim Hogue most interested in my concept for a "People's Intelligence Agency" to deconstruct, de-centralize, Central Intelligence, globally, and said she shared it at the Oregon Conference last year ). In email below to our hand counted paper ballot group today, she shares her elation:


wow - this announcement at WeCount totally surprised and elated me.

A bunch of us gave Dennis hell, tho, about being a Democrat and he came back at us with panache - he said, I'm the exception that will prove the new rule.

Afterward, I handed him my Parallel Election manual and told him, until we get hand counted paper ballots, we're doing this in nine states so far.

Thanks, Paul, for providing this research - and it really was very nice to see you again.

~ Rady

On 9/30/06, Paul Lehto <.........> wrote:

  Cong. Kucinich wows Cleveland We Count conference with fantastic speech, introduces bill for Hand counted paper ballots with precinct posted results in presidential race, H.R. 6200. (basic info below).  From speech, text of bill sounds ideal.   Text of bill not available for a day or two.

  Additional discussion and coverage of Kucinich announcement and new bill HR 6200:

  Title: To amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to require States to conduct Presidential elections using paper ballots and to count those ballots by hand, and for other purposes.

  Sponsor: Rep Kucinich, Dennis J. [OH-10] (introduced 9/27/2006)       Cosponsors (19)

  Latest Major Action: 9/27/2006 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on House Administration, and in addition to the Committee on Government Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

  COSPONSORS(19), ALPHABETICAL [followed by Cosponsors withdrawn]:     (Sort: by date)
        Rep Brown, Corrine [FL-3] - 9/27/2006 Rep Clay, Wm. Lacy [MO-1] - 9/27/2006
        Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-14] - 9/27/2006 Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] - 9/27/2006
        Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ-7] - 9/27/2006 Rep Gutierrez, Luis V. [IL-4] - 9/27/2006
        Rep Hastings, Alcee L. [FL-23] - 9/27/2006 Rep Hinchey, Maurice D. [NY-22] - 9/27/2006
        Rep Jackson, Jesse L., Jr. [IL-2] - 9/27/2006 Rep Jackson-Lee, Sheila [TX-18] - 9/27/2006
        Rep Johnson, Eddie Bernice [TX-30] - 9/27/2006 Rep Kaptur, Marcy [OH-9] - 9/27/2006
        Rep Lee, Barbara [CA-9] - 9/27/2006 Rep Maloney, Carolyn B. [NY-14] - 9/27/2006
        Rep McDermott, Jim [WA-7] - 9/27/2006 Rep McKinney, Cynthia A. [GA-4] - 9/27/2006
        Rep Solis, Hilda L. [CA-32] - 9/27/2006 Rep Waters, Maxine [CA-35] - 9/27/2006
        Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. [CA-6] - 9/27/2006
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