November 17, 2004
Sign the Voter Bill of Rights
Dear CODEPINK Activist,
In recent days, we've been heartened and buoyed by the activist community's resilience and determination for a just count of every vote. But this is not about Bush and Kerry; it's about saving our democracy and ensuring free and fair elections in the future.
With that in mind, we've written a Voter Bill of Rights, a list of 10 essential steps for improving our electoral system (please see below).
We know so many of you have been eager to turn your concerns into action. Here are three concrete steps you can take in the next week to move this electoral reform agenda forward:
1) SIGN and CIRCULATE the new Voter Bill of Rights. 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. For that, WE NEED YOUR HELP.
To sign, visit: http://www.codepinkalert.org/article.php?list=type&type=21
2) HOST OR ATTEND a house party this Sunday, November 21, along with MoveOn PAC, to discuss where we go from here. Download the Voter Bill of Rights to help facilitate the conversation and encourage local actions to address some of the flaws in our current system. For more details and to sign up to host a party go to: http://action.moveonpac.org/future/
Give us your feedback! CODEPINK wants to hear from you. Please fill out a brief questionnaire to help CODEPINK formulate a clear campaign for peace and social justice in the coming year.
3 ) CALL the Congressional Switchboard toll-free at 1.800.839.5276 and urge your Congressional representatives to sign on to Rep. John Conyers' letter and request to the General Accountability Office to undertake a full investigation of the efficacy of voting machines and new technologies used in the 2004 election, how election officials responded to difficulties they encountered and what we can do in the future to improve our election systems and administration. In addition, email and fax the Voter Bill of Rights to your representatives and ask them how they're working to ensure a more just and secure electoral system. Email it to everyone you know who want to make our electoral process fair and truly democratic.
Here's a link to the letter (pdf): www.house.gov/judiciary_democrats/gaoinvestvote2004ltr11804.pdf
Thank you all for your determination in the wake of this disastrous election to set things right in the future!