Voting (for ATTICUS FINCH) is the best revenge.

Shockingly, 52 architects of the impotent PA Voter ID law are running unopposed Nov 6. That means no matter how the district voters feel about them, they will be re-elected! This is outrageous!

This year, after working against the ineptly written voter ID law, I discovered that 47 of the 104 state representatives and five of the senators who voted for this law are running unopposed in the November election. 

The fact is, that no matter how voters in these districts feel about these politicians, they will be re-elected! This is outrageous! And five of them are right here in Butler County.

It is why a write-in campaign for ATTICUS FINCH was started against Daryl Metcalfe, the architect of the law, and the other 51 members of the PA Assembly who are running unopposed.

We are asking voters who live in these districts to write-in ATTICUS FINCH, the hero of Harper Lee’s Civil Rights masterpiece To Kill a Mockingbird.

Atticus is a figure who truly stands for the idea that Civil Rights, including the right to vote, come first and that our elections should include everyone—not just those who can jump through the hoops to get a state-approved photo ID with an expiration date.

A message that messing with our right to vote is not acceptable needs to be sent, especially because the law as written does NOT prevent any fraud. There are three representatives and two senators running unopposed in Butler County, more than any other county in the state. 

I am also hoping that if a fictional character makes a showing in November, it will give someone who lives these districts the courage to run against them in 2014.

To find your representative and if they are running unopposed check out the website http://voteatticusfinch.wikispaces.com/

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Erin Conners October 20, 2012 at 06:27 PM
As an inspector of elections I am wondering how you feel about electronic voting machines. I was doing some reading today that said Tagg Romney is invested is Hart Intercivic, the company providing the machines for Ohio (of course it has to be Ohio). I do not know how credible this whole story is, but it inspired a little reading on the machines themselves which make me very uneasy. Ive read the results from the machines used in the republican primary were contradictory to the pattern of past elections in some counties. Typically the percentages vary until I think it is 40% after which they plateau. this was not the case in the republican primaries where in quite a few counties Romney votes were seen to rise dramatically towards the end. Also, the results are not verifiable, and the machines are easily tampered with. I don't know how much of the material out there on electronic voting machines could be chalked up to conspiracy theory, but in the most basic argument against them they seem to be easily manipulated. I guess I tend to be much more worried about the kind of voter fraud that comes from the politicians themselves rather than a few statistically ineffectual double vote scams that photo identification would not resolve..
Adrian Seltzer October 21, 2012 at 02:23 PM
I read about the tagg Romney purchase and sent it in to politifact to check. The electronic voting machines can be tampered with. If programming is involved programming can be written to give whatever result is wanted. I suppose if the printed ballot was reversed than everyone who thought they were voting for one candidate, would actually be voting for the other, but that would have to be done at the county level and would involve more than one person. I would be worried if there was some type of communication available with the machine, that one person could tamper with. When I go to training later this month, I am going to question them more about this. It did make me uneasy when we got them, because I had heard stories, but the machines appear to be working fine.
Adrian Seltzer October 21, 2012 at 02:27 PM
I have also heard from a few people about how write ins can freak out the machines, causing them to stop working, which is something I am investigating now. I heard this in both bucks & Chester counties.
Erin Conners October 21, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Oh, nice. I will keep an eye on politifact this week. I am sure they will cover the whole Tagg Romney issue. The story has become more widespread since I wrote that comment (at least from my perspective). I was not even considering the write-ins! That does seem like an obvious spot for trouble. I am sure a lot of us would enjoy a blog article about your experience with the new electronic voting machines, and really the whole experience altogether after Nov 7th. :)
Sue T October 22, 2012 at 08:06 PM
From waht I have read, Tagg Romney is not invested in Hart Intercivic (who owns the macines) Hart Intercivic is partially owned by HIG Capital, an investment company that has business ties to Solamere Capital, Tagg Romney’s equity firm. I've also read it is two counties not all of Ohio. Of course, two counties can make a difference. I think a lot of the blogs are blowing this way out of proportion, if you go back to the orginal article where the research was done. Taggs investment company has some deals with an investment company that has money in the company that makes/owns the machines. That's different then Tagg being invested in it directly. It also sounds like the machines need to be manipulated at the local level, if I read the article correctly. I'm not sure on that since it is really a side-oint in the article and they don't get into the issue much


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