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News :: Politics
Voter Bill of Rights
19 Nov 2004
Dear Friend,

In recent days, we've been heartened by the activist community's
refusal to concede our democracy and determination to fix our
electoral system. When one voter is denied, democracy is in trouble,
when tens of thousands are suppressed, democracy has failed. We call
on you to take action to help save our democracy and ensure free and
fair elections in the future.

Please SIGN and CIRCULATE the Voter Bill of Rights (see link below),
a list of 10 essential steps for improving our electoral system. Our
goal is to get 25,000 people to sign the Voter Bill of Rights by
November 30, and then send the bill to all members of congress. We
also plan to use this as an organizing tool to educate and mobilize
people in our struggle for electoral reform.

To sign and download the Voter Bill of Rights visit:


From unreliable electronic voting machines and millions of uncounted
ballots to partisan secretaries of state and 10-hour waits at the
polls, it is clear that our electoral system is in dire need of an

To build a more just, secure and robust democracy, I support the
following 10-point Voter Bill of Rights:

* Provide a Paper Trail for Touch-Screen Voting Machines
* Create Independent, Non-Partisan and Transparent Oversight
* Celebrate Our Democracy: Election Day as a National Holiday!
* Maximize Voter Access
* Count Every Vote
* Re-enfranchise Ex-Felons
* Implement Instant Runoff Voting (IRV)
* Provide Public Financing for Elections and Equal Air-Time
* Ensure Third Party Candidates Easier Access to the Ballot and Debates
* Abolish the Electoral College

Thank you all for your determination in the wake of this disastrous
election to set things right in the future!

With appreciation and in solidarity,

Medea Benjamin and Chris Michael
On behalf of Global Exchange and CodePink
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