Media Alert

Nationwide Grassroots Campaign Challenging E-Voting Kicks Off In Eighteen States

Project Myth Breaker delivers facts on E-voting to local election officials

WHO: Former Executive Director of VerifiedVoting.org and founder of non-partisan voter awareness organization VotersUnite!, with groups of grassroots activists in California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

WHAT: A simultaneous delivery of "Myth Breakers for Election Officials," a 57-page research document detailing little-known e-voting facts including:

- HAVA misunderstandings
- recent election disasters
- price comparisons of e-voting systems
- hidden costs of DREs
- election complexities of DREs
- alternative HAVA-compliant voting systems

WHERE: County election official's offices in 29 counties in 18 different states. The locations are listed at (http://www.votersunite.org/takeaction/kickoff-participants.htm).

WHEN: Tuesday, April 20, at 1:00 pm ET

Background Brief

"Myth Breakers for Election Officials," was compiled through extensive research by Ellen Theisen, co-founder of VotersUnite! and former Executive Director of VerifiedVoting.org.

"Election officials are in a real bind," says Ms. Theisen. "They are under pressure to make decisions quickly about a complex machine that carries out the most important function in our democracy. In most cases they rely on the vendors, and that isn't always the best source of objective information."

"Even the local media is sometimes sidetracked by the enormous amount of misinformation being distributed. We’re here to help them separate fact from myth."

Individual activists and members of grassroots organizations, united in this campaign, will download "Myth Breakers for Election Officials,” at (www.votersunite.org) and distribute the document until each of over 3000 local election officials across the United States has received a copy.

Members of the press are also invited to download their copies at (www.votersunite.org/takeaction/mythbreakers.pdf)

Contact:
      Ellen Theisen
      360-437-9922
      ellen at votersunite.org