TX DIGITAL EARTH DAY - FREE THE BALLOT ONLINE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact:
kat swift, Statewide Coordinator, cell 210-471-1791,
kat@txgreens.org

TX DIGITAL EARTH DAY - FREE THE BALLOT ONLINE

Houston, TX, April 22, 2010 - "Despite overly restrictive ballot access hurdles, the Green Party intends to be on the Texas General Election ballot this Fall," stated Statewide Coordinator kat swift. "In the face of these restrictions, the Green Party of Texas has launched a controversial digital petition drive to reach eligible voters and draw attention to the absurdity and unconstitutionality of these laws that restrict voter choice and reasonable access to the ballot," continued swift.

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ONLY A RETURN TO HAND-COUNTED PAPER BALLOTS WILL GUARANTEE FAIR ELECTIONS

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Only A Return To Hand-Counted Paper Ballots Will Guarantee Fair Elections Concludes The Travis County Election Study Group

Resolution Passed In Favor of Hand-Counted Paper Ballots by Texas Leauge of United Latin American Citizens (TLULAC)

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In April 2010, The Travis County Election Study Group released their Alternate Findings & Recommendations report & concluded that only a return to hand-counted paper ballots will guarantee fair elections.

They also concluded that the current County Clerk and her Election Divisions staff have deeply entrenched biases toward electronic voting systems. Read the full report at www.voterescue.org or open the attachment below.

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RESOLUTION
for
OPEN & HONEST PUBLIC ELECTIONS
with Hand-counted Paper Ballots
District XII Convention April 2, 2010

WHEREAS all legitimate government power comes only from We the People who have the right to alter and abolish our government via elections; and

WHEREAS our government is not derived from "trust" or maintaining "public confidence" in elections, it is instead based on distrust of the election process which can only be abated by continuous oversight and supervision by the people; and

WHEREAS unsupervised, i.e., secret, vote counting leaves We the People completely insecure in our right to remove incumbents, renders government accountability to the people impossible and permits the alteration of election results without detection; and

WHEREAS since the 2000 election and the passage of the Help America Vote Act of 2002, nearly all American votes are counted secretly by computerized voting machines, both screen and scanner types; and

WHEREAS it is commonly accepted by computer security experts that no computer or computer-based system can be made completely secure and numerous academic, governmental and institutional studies since 2000 have discovered that the security mechanisms and testing protocols for these voting systems are inadequate to ensure accuracy and integrity of the election results; and

WHEREAS voter verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) printers, which always fail to print every vote cast, random post-election precinct ballot counts (misleadingly called “audits”) and expensive recounts (which can be and have been found to be rigged) are all useless to detect stolen elections,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Texas League of United Latin Americans Citizens demands absolute and non-negotiable public oversight and supervision of all aspects of our elections, including, but not limited to election day voting, absentee voting, and post-election day vote counting.
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Texas League of United Latin Americans Citizens recognizes the following voting system as the only system that allows total oversight and supervision by We the People and demands the sole implementation in all our elections of:
(a) paper ballots that are voter-marked* and voter-cast into a secure ballot box that is always in public view,
(b) vote counting that uses both partisan and independent counters and observers checking and balancing each other with public supervision and video recording freely allowed,
(c) immediate and unencumbered access by the public to all information about precinct counts and results before the ballots and other election documents are removed from the precinct polling place,
(d) a secure, uninterrupted and publicly-observable chain of custody of all aspects of elections from the moment ballots are cast on Election Day to the public posting of the election results at the precinct polling place, and
(e) a guarantee of speedy and effective open investigations and remedies for any election-related irregularity reported by the people.

*In order for voters with a broad range of visual or dexterity impairments to mark a ballot privately and independently as required by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA), an electronic ballot-marking device, such as the Auto MARK or a non-electronic voting-assist device, such as the Vote-PAD (now discontinued), which allow the disabled voter’s ballot to be publicly hand counted could be used. Only one of these marking devices per polling place is required by HAVA.

Submitted by Fidel Acevedo LULAC Council 4860 District XII
Approved and pass at the Texas LULAC State Convention June 6, 2010

Travis County Green Party sends letter to U.S. Attorney re possible City of Austin criminal activity related to Federal Housing Funds

Press Release - for immediate release by Travis County Green Party: Letter to U.S. Attorney's Office, Request investigation: Possible criminal activity ref. Federal Housing Funds including forgery, fraud, waste, mismanagement

This letter was sent to the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Antonio - feel free to review the listed URLs at the end of the letter for background and related information.

Please also see Morgan Elliot's excellent article on the issue here: The Loan That Never Was

The Travis County Green Party has repeatedly requested an investigation by the Austin City Manager, City Council, Travis County District Attorney's Office:

Despite Federal law, Title 18 U.S. Code, requiring public officials to respond to such information when provided by citizens, and despite repeated requests by TCGP for a response prior to the May 9, 2009 City Election, we have not received any reply or even an acknowledgment from the DA's office.

Feel free to contact the U.S. Attorney's office, or any of the local offices listed above, to ask when an investigation will be initiated!

--
Bill Stout
Green Party of Texas Legislative Liaison
Co-Chair of the Travis County Green Party
billstout@txgreens.org

Travis County Green Party sends letter to Travis County District Attorney re possible City of Austin criminal activity related to Federal Housing Funds

Press Release - for immediate release by Travis County Green Party:

On December 17, 2008 the Travis County Green Party (TCGP), working in conjunction with Austinites Lobbying for Municipal Accountability and Gray Panthers of Austin, presented to the office of the Travis County District Attorney Ms. Rosemary Lehmberg, this letter expressing our concerns regarding possible criminal misconduct on the part of City of Austin public officials in connection with missing federal housing funds.

Despite Federal law, Title 18 U.S. Code, requiring public officials to respond to such information when provided by citizens, and despite repeated requests by TCGP for a responce prior to the May 9, 2009 City Election, we have not as of May 13, 2009 received any reply or even an acknowledgment from the DA's office.

Contact Information:

Bill Stout
589-8048
Green Party of Texas Legislative Liason
billstout@txgreens.org

Travis County Green Party & Gray Panthers join Austinites Lobbying for Municipal Accountability in probe of possible City of Austin criminal activity related to Federal Housing Funds

February 12, 2009; updated March 2, 2009

The Travis County Green Party released the following Public Statement, regarding the task that Bill Holloway, our late co-chair, was working on at the time of his death. In fact, 3 weeks before his death, he gave the documents cited in the Statement to the Travis County District Attorney. Here is the Statement:

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The Green Party, and the Citizens of Texas, trust that decisions made by Public Officials about expenditure(s) of tax dollars represent a sacred agreement: Public expectation that our elected and appointed 'public servants' will honor that trust with honesty, integrity and accountability!

It is with that overall understanding and expectation that the Travis County Green Party referred thisletter - which raises questions in connection with failure and/or refusal by officials of the City of Austin to comply with the mandates of Title 18 US Code requiring action on violations of criminal statutes - to the Travis County District Attorney's office on 17 December 2008. The attached document requested inquiry and appropriate action(s)!

It is with some degree of concern therefore that, as of this date, we find ourselves in the situation of not having received a written response - not even a written acknowledgment - from Travis County District Attorney's office to the attached document requesting an inquiry into the specifics.

Finally, we request - given the serious questions concerning violations of civil and criminal statutes reflected in the accompanying letter (and the voluminous well-documented attachments) - the Travis County District Attorney to provide (1) a written acknowledgment of receipt of this request for an in-depth investigation, including (2) a target date for a comprehensive Report to the Citizens of Austin/Travis County - and well prior to our May 2009 City of Austin elections!

Charles Wukasch
Co-Chair
Travis County Green Party

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The failure and/or refusal of City and County officials to respond - as required by law - to the questions and issues raised by the Travis County Green Party and the Gray Panthers with regard to possible criminal conduct in connection with the disposition of Federal funds and bond money (specifically, $55,000,000 in housing bonds) poses three further questions:

(1) What are they hiding?

(2) Why and to what extent should the public place confidence in the proper use of Federal stimulus funds placed at the disposal of these same "public servants"?

(3) Shouldn't these still-unresolved questions concerning possible abuse (more properly termed "corruption", perhaps?) be a major focus of the upcoming May 2009 municipal election?

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The complete documentation package is available for public examination.

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On March 1, 2009, Allissa Chambers, the owner of the house in question, sent a message to City Manager Mark Ott, several council members, and several Austin staff members. That message contained these documents (which you may view by clicking their names below):

    * Letter from Allissa Chambers to Mark Ott

    * The six attachments cited in the letter, collected into one document

Then on March 2, Ms. Chambers sent this second message to City Manager Ott, containing additional information.

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