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Democracy For The Southern Adirondack/Tricounty Area
Friday, April 25, 2008
Hello Everyone;

In This Reminder Update:

1. Vigil For Peace & To Bring Troops Home Saturday 11am
2. Congressional Blank Check On War?
2. Washington County Women's Luncheon
3. Total, Final Voting Machine Victory!

1. Vigil For Peace & To Bring Troops Home Saturday 11am

At our last meeting we agreed to resume our Saturday morning vigils for peace and to bring our troops home. Thanks to the generous coverage of WNYT-13, our vigil on the 12th was a tremendous success.

At that vigil we decided to hold another vigil this coming Saturday, April 26th, at 11am. Please come on down to the corner of Bay and Glen Streets by the Civil War monument in downtown Glens Falls. Bring a sign and a friend! With Iraq falling apart, it's time to start showing our opposition to that debacle again.

2. Congressional Blank Check On War?

There have been persistent news reports that Congressional leaders are preparing a massive, $172 Billion war funding bill for Iraq, which would fund that conflict for another year, that is, up until the war's sixth anniversary. Truthout has a pretty balanced summary:

However, one simply has to wonder if the Democratic has a death wish. How else can one describe telling the American people you agree with them you want the troops home and the war ended, and then vote to fund it?

Declaration Of is urging people to call Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi at (202) 225-0100 and John Murtha (Chair of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee) at (202) 225-2847 to tell them another blank check of $172 Billion for this war is unacceptable.

2. Washington County Women's Luncheon

A quick reminder from Washington County:

"YOU ARE INVITED TO: The Washington County Democratic Women’s Spring Luncheon
Tuesday, April 29, 2008, 12 noon - 2 pm
La Cocina Restaurant
122 Main Street, Hudson Falls, NY
$25 in advance; $30 at the door: Gourmet Buffet
Special Guest: NY State Demicratic Chair June O'Neill.
Only FIve Days To Get Your Checks in: Contact Ellen Faber at 518-677-8345 or
or send check to Ellen at 100 EAST MAIN STREET, CAMBRIDGE, NY 12816"

3. Total, Final Voting Machine Victory!

Great news this week from Bo Lipari of New Yorkers For Verified Voting"

"It is now official. Liberty Election Systems has withdrawn from the New
York market and has informed the State Board of Elections that they will not
fulfill the order for 11 LibertyMark DREs. LibertyVote was promoting the
Dutch Nedap DRE in New York State, but was required to post another $750,000
bond to cover the costs of ongoing certification testing as requires by the
State. Apparently LibertyVote and Nedap decided it was time to pull the

"The LibertyVote/Nedap DRE had been denied certification by the NYS Board
earlier this year, but the company sued the State and in a surprise ruling
by the State Supreme Court the DRE was ordered back on the list of machines
available for purchase. However, when the New York's 58 counties placed
machine orders several weeks later, only tiny Hamilton county placed an
order for 11 of the Dutch DREs."

"New York State now has no DREs of any type being purchased by any county, or
currently undergoing NYS certification testing for 2009 purchases. For the
vendors who for 6 years had told us "New York is a DRE state", we tell you
now as we told you then, "Wrong. New York is a paper ballot state."

So the great Voting Machine War is finally over, at least for NY State. We will be voting in the future on reliable, safe and recountable paper ballots, optically scanned.

For this great victory great credit must go to a real hero: Bo Lipari!

Thanks everyone!

Hope to see you all tomorrow downtown at 11am.


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