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America First Party
1630 A 30th Street #111
Boulder, Colorado 80301
Wednesday, June 23, 2004
Count Every Vote ... By Hand
Boulder, CO -- As the 2004 general election draws near, the America First Party renews its call for secure and verifiable elections. We call upon Congress and the governments of the various states to swiftly enact legislation, regulations and procedures to ensure this year's elections are conducted using hand-marked and hand-counted paper ballots.
National Chairman Dan Charles stated, "Since the party's founding, we have called for a return to the hand-marked hand-counted paper ballot. Voters can easily understand and use such ballots and they provide a verifiable and easily secured record. Moreover, studies have shown human counts of paper ballots to be less error prone than computer counts."
Mr. Charles continued, "However, Congress and the states chose to fund expensive, confusing, insecure, error-prone, and unverifiable touch-screen black-box computer voting systems. Now, after wasting hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars, they have concerns. With more than 4 months to go before the election, we call upon these institutions to act quickly to ensure that every vote is counted. Do what is prudent. Do what is necessary. Provide every voter with a secure, cost efficient, verifiable paper ballot. Vote fraud can do more damage to our system than any terrorist could ever dream of doing."
America First Party of Idaho State Chair Tim Lohrmann stated, "The 2000 election reminded us of the potential chaos created by complex and unverifiable elections. The variety of computer and mechanical voting systems, and the errors they made, led many to doubt the results and turned the election into a battle of legal arguments. Anyone who knows anything about computers knows there is no such thing as a secure computer and no such thing as zero-defect software. Paper ballots counted by people worked well in this nation for years and continue to work around the world."
National Press Secretary Romelle Winters added, "Honest voting is the bedrock of our Republic. Without the assurance that we can have confidence in that process, our country is no longer in the hands of the people. Let's leave people in charge, and not the nameless, faceless, foreign corporations who would supply us with black-box computer voting."
The America First Party endorses a return to the paper ballot placed in a transparent box. The votes must be counted and verified at the precinct, where the people can ensure reliable results. Our system of government can only succeed with honest elections.
Dan Charles, National Chairman, 1-866-SOS-USA1, ext. 4
Romelle Winters, Press Secretary, 1-866-SOS-USA1, ext. 2