Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Tonight: Conference Call With Senator Debra Bowen on Voting Machines

In light of CA Secy of State McPherson's stealth and dishonest announcement certifying Diebold voting machines in California for upcoming elections, Senator Debra Bowen is holding a conference call tonight (Wednesday). Details below on participating.

The Brad Blog has a good write-up on McPherson's actions and what we as citizens can do about it. Senator Bowen (who's running to replace McPherson in 2006) will undoubtedly bring us up-to-the-minute news and action items.

Read the Senator's latest statement "Stop the Diebold Rush Job" at her blog.

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From the California For Democracy (CFD) and Democracy For America (DFA) invitation:

Chair of the Senate Elections, Reapportionment, and Constitutional Amendments Committee

WHEN: Weds. February 22, 7:30pm (We'll start the actual event at around 7:35pm)

Senator Bowen is a leading voice on election reform in California, and she plans to discuss the latest developments around the certification of Diebold electronic voting machines, as well as her work on restoring confidence in our elections system, reforming our initiative process, and her priorities as California's next Secretary of State.

Information will be sent to you upon receipt of your RSVP


The conference service will be available at 7:30pm, but we'll wait 5 minutes before starting the actual call. Please try and sign in between 7:25pm and 7:35pm. The line will be open to all b/w 7:25pm and 7:35pm so feel free to announce yourself and what group you are from. At 7:35pm, we'll change the call to presentation mode to eliminate the sounds of barking dogs, crying babies, fire engines, and other miscellaneous distractions ;-) and introduce Senator Bowen. Senator Bowen will start the discussion with brief opening remarks and then open it up for Q.

Since being elected to the Assembly in 1992, Senator Bowen has earned a reputation throughout California as an effective and independent voice for reform, open government and consumer advocacy. As Chair of the Senate Elections Committee, she has been at the forefront of efforts to ensure the accuracy and integrity of our voting process. She has taken strong reform-oriented stands in the areas of electoral systems, the initiative process, voter privacy, respecting voter intent, and in many other areas as well. Senator Bowen was one the first lawmakers to introduce a permanent absentee voting process. Senator Bowen's record on issues outside of the elections arena is as impressive as her record on election related topics, including her efforts to fight identity theft, and protect the environment. Finally, she has worked hard to make government more transparent and make important government information available to the public.

For more information about Senator Bowen and her campaign for Secretary of State, see:

We hope that you will join us for a great discussion with Senator Bowen on Wednesday night.

Yours for a better democracy,

California for Democracy Steering Committee
Tom Brown, Mal Burnstein, Vicki Cosgrove, Carolyn Curtis, Rob Dickinson, Michael Faulkner, Agi Kessler, Jo Olson

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