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Democracy For The Southern Adirondack/Tricounty Area
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Tricounty DFA: Voting Machine Forum For Wednesday
Hello Everyone;

I hope you all had a great and safe Thanksgiving!

In this update:

1. Voting Machine Forum For Wednesday: Can Our Votes and Our Elections Be Stolen?
2. Saratoga Democrats Victory Luncheon
3. Washington County Democrats Holiday Party
4. on Sweeney and Republicans
5. Help NARAL Stop Alito

1. Voting Machine Forum For WednesdayCan Our Votes and Our Elections Be Stolen?:

When the Great Presidential Vote Recount of 2000 misfired, millions of Americans became aware that there could be something wrong with the way their votes are counted. Many felt Election 2000 was stolen. If anything, over the last couple of years the issue has become even scarier, as companies and some politicians have united to force Touchscreen voting machines, technically known as DRE's on local communities across the country, usually to great outcry. Many strange results with these machines have lead many people to ask, are our votes and our elections being stolen yet again? Or are they simply being mishandled?

Accordingly, our open, non-partisan pubic forum on Voting Technology with Bo Lipari of New York Verified Voting ( ) could not possibly come at a better time. I've seen some of the materials Bo Lipari has prepared in the past. I promise you -- this will be an eye opener!

The forum will to be held in the public room downstairs at the Crandall Public Library in downtown Glens Falls at 7pm on November 30th, this Wednesday. For more information, go to:

Lipari will make a presentation explaining and evaluating the various types of voting machines. Lipari has spoken to large crowds all across New York State, and has been given credit for moving the legislature and a growing number of counties away from unreliable touch screen machines.

Space is limited at the Crandall Library meeting room. Accordingly, we are asking everyone to RSVP through DFA-Link; there's a page for the forum at: Just click on the link at the top of the page where it says RVP to this event. If you have not registered yet, please click this link and to register:

The purchase of new voting machines and operating them for years to come will be a potentially heavy financial burden for Tricounty Area counties, and a decision that also strikes to the heart of what a Democracy is all about. We hope you can attend.

Incidentally, we do need some additional financial support, unless someone knows a motel or hotel owner who would like to donate a room for Mr. Lipari for the night. Please let me know if you do!

2. Saratoga Democrats Luncheon With Hillary Clinton

The Saratoga County Democratic Committee will present a Victory 2005 Luncheon on Tuesday, December 6th at 1pm to honor the winning candidates in this year's election (This is a big win for Saratoga County Democrats!). The special guest of honor will be Senator HIllary Clinton.

The location is Longfellows Inn & Restaurant, 500 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY. The cost is $75 for the luncheon and $250 for a reception with Senator Clinton from 1pm - 2pm. Luncheon choices are salmon, a vegan plate and chicken.

Tickets will NOT be available at the door. You must RSVP by Dec. 3rd! Contact Pat Friesen at 542-9157 or 584-4983 or or Janine Stuchin at 301-0231 or

To sign up by mail, send your check payable to the Saratoga County Democratic Committee, 13 Moreau Drive, South Glens Falls, NY 12803.

3. Washington County Democrats Holiday Party

"Please join us at the 2nd Annual WCDC Holiday Party.
The party will be Dec. 9th at the Rice Mansion Inn from 7-9 PM. Andrew Cuomo is expected to attend. Spoonful will cater the party again this year.
Last year's party was a huge hit with all 135 people who attended and we hope this year's will be even better. The silent auction will include gift certificates, art, B & B overnights and more. We'll also have another super wine basket.
Space is limited and reservations are required by Dec. 2nd!
To reserve your seat today either:
- Send $25 per person payable to Washington County Democratic Committee to Lisa Manzi, 3547 State Route 29, Salem NY 12865.
- Or pay online with a credit card at: type in "Holiday Party" in the payment for section.
We look forward to seeing you soon!

4. on Sweeney and Republicans

There was an interesting piece recently on Bloomberg news service about disarray among Republicans and Rep. John Sweeney, the man George Bush calls "Congressman Kickass." (We like to say it's Congressman Kiss-ass!)

5. Help NARAL Stop Alito

Also; the National Abortion RIghts Action League needs our signatures on it's petition to stop Alito. It's a small thing, but your signature can help!

Thanks everyone! See you Wednesday!


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