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I realize that not all Papyrus News readers are interested in the US election process, and I'll slow down my messages on this topic after this message (which includes below a few other interesting posts I've received on this today) . For those who want further information on the topic, I recommend the following sources:

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From: Kristin Lems <>
Subject: groundswell?
Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2000 19:22:42 -1000

portions of two emails I've received in the late hours tonight - two different initiatives - take a look -

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Gore WON the popular vote but is LOSING the White House. But...

The electors who make up the electoral college ARE NOT REQUIRED to vote for the candidate who won in their state. The whole point was to give the electoral college the final say. In this case, the stupid custom of "winner take all" is blocking democracy. It's within the power of the electors to make Gore the prez, and it would be right to do so BECAUSE HE WON THE ELECTION.

Bush should step aside and let the EC choose Gore. Of course he won't do that willingly, but WE CAN MAKE HIM.

There's a site coordinating protests for this Saturday in cities all over the country. Please visit it, and show up this Saturday.

here are the protest sites so far:

Protest sites for this Saturday (11/11 -- 1PM suggested start time):
Washington DC: the U.S. Capitol building steps at the end of the Mall.
Austin, TX: the Governor's Mansion in downtown Austin.
New York: Times Square.
Philadelphia: Independence Mall.
Dallas: JFK Memorial (court district).
Boston: Capitol steps face the Commons.
Chicago: Daley Plaza @ Washington&Clark.
Los Angeles: Pershing Square.
Portland, OR: Justin Herman Plaza.
Seattle: Central Community College.
Grand forks, ND: City Hall.
Cleveland, OH: Mall C at the "Free" Stamp statue.
Asheville, NC: Pack Square.
Orlando, Fla: Lake Eola Park, by band shell.
Tallahassee, Fla: state Capitol building.
Grand Rapids, MI: Indian Mounds by the Ford Museum.
Lansing, MI: Capital Steps.
Northampton, MA: Courthouse (at King & Main).

second message from another source:
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If this rings true for you, please urgently copy & paste letter into new message and send to:

Florida Governor <>

(Be sure to fill in your name, etc.)

PS Palm Beach County is where 3400 ballots conceivably were screwed up. Could make a huge difference.

Your Name
City, State

Dear Governor Bush:

The integrity of the 2000 Presidential election now rests in your hands. Please use the full power of your office to call for a re-vote of the Presidential race in Palm Beach County. Your brother's ability to govern will be greatly hindered if the presidential race is decided by voting irregularities in Florida.

Sincerely, Your Name

Kristin Lems/* -
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From: Phil Agre <>
Subject: [RRE] Launches Affadavit Campaign in Palm Beach County
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Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2000 18:44:53 -1000

[From what I'm been hearing they should be collecting affadavits from people throughout the state. In fact the Florida Times-Union Web site <> says the following:

NOTE: Anyone who registered to vote with the Department of Motor Vehicles, but were unable to vote Tuesday, please call Times-Union reporter Veronica Chapin at (904) 359-4161.

I've reformatted the enclosed message to 70 columns.]

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Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2000 22:25:54 -0500
From: David Lytel <>
Subject: Launches Affadavit Campaign in Palm Beach County

For Immediate Release: November 8, 2000
For more information: Bob Fertik, 212-396-3457
Web site: Launches Affadavit Campaign in Palm Beach County

In response to reports of widespread voter confusion in Florida's Palm Beach County, has launched a campaign to collect affadavits from Palm Beach voters. is an independent news and community Web site for America's 100 million Democrats. The campaign is called the "Florida Margin of Victory Campaign", and is located at:

According to co-founder Bob Fertik, "the accuracy of the vote count in Florida has been cast into grave doubt by an unusual situation in Palm Beach County. Because of a poorly designed - and possibly illegal - ballot, many Palm Beach voters were misled when they voted for President. As a result, some voters who intended to vote for Al Gore accidentally marked their ballots for Pat Buchanan instead."

Fertik cited the local voting results reported today, which gave Buchanan 3,407 votes in Palm Beach County. "Even though Palm Beach is smaller than neighboring Broward and Dade counties, Pat Buchanan received five times more votes in Palm Beach than in Broward (789) or Dade (561). Buchanan's total in Palm Beach was nearly 20% of his statewide total, although Palm Beach is only 7% of the state. With a statewide Bush lead of approximately 1,800 votes, the votes cast for Pat Buchanan by mistake could represent the margin of victory", Fertik said.

Many Palm Beach voters have come forward to complain about the confusing ballot. To assist these voters, has created a web page with the affadavit required under Florida law to report voting problems. The affadavit, which is addressed to the Palm Beach County Canvassing Board, claims that the returns from that voter's precinct are erroneous. It reads:

"I hereby protest the canvass of such returns by the Palm Beach County Canvassing Board, and request that said returns be investigated, examined, checked, and corrected by said Canvassing Board. The basis for this protest is that the selections appearing on the November 7, 2000 Presidential Election ballot were confusing and, as a result, I believe that I mistakenly cast my vote for Pat Buchanan instead of Al Gore."

The web page instructs voters to print the form, fill in the blanks, and fax the signed form to a special fax number. will deliver the affadavits to an attorney who will review the affadavits and possibly prepare a complaint to be filed with the local courts.

"The voters of Palm Beach were deprived of their basic constitutional right to cast a meaningful vote for President of the United States", said Fertik. "Since this confusion could determine the outcome of the closest Presidential race in 40 years, we believe the voters of Palm Beach County should be given another opportunity to choose the President they really want", he concluded.

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Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2000 16:45:36 -1000

I enclose a batch of URL's relating to the US election irregularities followed by another batch of URL's mostly relating to technology. Many thanks to everyone who contributed, and please do send along any other useful URL's you might come across.


More Irregularities Alleged

Palm Beach Ballot Illegal, Demo Lawyers Say

Broward on National TV in Report of Missing Boxes

Florida Recounts Votes County by County as Candidates Wait

Cries of Foul Play Cloud the Picture in the Sunshine State,2763,394837,00.html

Jesse Jackson Questions Florida Voting

radio feed from Palm Beach

online discussion of the Florida recount

locations for protests of the election on Saturday

military voting experiment in Florida

a sometimes scurrilous anti-Bush site, caveat emptor

Florida county-level results

Florida Department of State

Unofficial and Preliminary Results

Conducting Elections and Ascertaining the Results

Frequently Asked Questions on the Electoral College

Exit Polls, Enter Questionable News,2936,100,00.html

Internet Had Chance to Shine, but Faced Same Pitfalls as TV

Ready, Aim, Blame You Know Who

Sam and Cokie, This Weak

How the Press Covered the Final Stages of the Presidential Campaign

ACLU Asks Court to Keep Vote-Swapping Sites Open

other topics

critique of public key infrastructure

Geographic Tracking Raises Opportunities, Fears

Unique "Theft of Theory" Case Challenges Yale

Top Ten Trends 2001

The Media Lab at a Crossroads

Dewayne Hendricks on wireless regulation and technology

PSINet Assailed as Spam Contract Surfaces

Intercepting E-Mail Illegal, French Court Rules

The Digital Challenge: Media and Democracy, Athens, May 2000

ICANN Locks Elected Reps Out of AGM

Penguin-Toppling Claims Studied

Serbia's Revolution

"Perfect" Apple Pushed Growers Into Debt

The Impact of Electronic Publishing on Scholarly Communication

Why Juries Should Play a Role in the Institutions that Govern Cyberspace


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