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Limited seating for the FORUM - Voting Machines: A Threat To Democracy? Sunday Sept 7, 2-5 pm, Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square, in Philadelphia. Dr. Rebecca Mercuri, Marc Rotenberg, Ina Howard, Lynn Landes and others will discuss a wide range of controversial issues that surround the use of voting machines. The first hour of the program will be devoted to panelists' remarks. The remainder of the forum will be open to questions. Call Lynn at 215-629-3553 or email@example.com for reservations. For more information on panelists: see Press Release / Directions. A video of the forum will be available - please email Lynn if you would like a copy.
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Forum on Voting Machines to be held in Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA -- A forum on "Voting Machines: A Threat To Democracy?"
will be held Sunday, September 7, from 2-5 pm at the
Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenshouse, in Philadelphia, PA.
Voting machines and the private companies that sell and service them control
the casting and counting of votes in over 98% of all elections in the United
States, and in many countries around the world. Concerns about the security
and integrity of elections are mounting among computer experts, politicians,
and citizens. Most forums on this subject have concentrated on technical
issues only. The following distinguished panel of experts will address the
technical, constitutional, and political aspects of voting by machine.
Dr. Rebecca Mercuri is a leading expert in voting machine security and
standards. She is an independent consultant, expert witness, and the owner
of Notable Software, Inc. in Princeton, NJ. She is also affiliated with Bryn
Mawr College and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
Marc Rotenberg is Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Center (EPIC)
in Washington, DC. He filed an amicus brief in Greidinger v. Davis, one of
the leading cases on voting integrity and voter privacy. Marc teaches
information privacy law at Georgetown University Law Center and has
testified before Congress on many issues, including access to information,
encryption policy, computer security, and communications privacy.
Ina Howard is a producer, writer and researcher with Greg Palast, BBC
Newsnight reporter and author of "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy". Ina is
a former U.S. Director of Media Tenor International, a global media monitor
based in Germany. She has also worked with Fairness and Accuracy in
Reporting (FAIR), Mediachannel.org, the Global Information Network, and the
Disinformation Company. firstname.lastname@example.org
Lynn Landes is a freelance journalist who has specialized in voting issues
for the past year. Her articles appear in several online news outlets and in
print publications. Lynn has worked for the BBC, WDVR in New Jersey, and
DUTV in Philadelphia, PA. www.EcoTalk.org
* Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) has introduced legislation HR 2239 "The Voter
Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2003" to require all voting
machines to produce a voter-verified paper trail. Information about HR 2239
and a representative from Congressman Holt's Office will be on hand at the
For more information and reservations: Lynn Landes 215-629-3553 /
email@example.com / www.EcoTalk.org