ELECTION WATCH:

Open Letter to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan

Dear Mr. Annan:

I request UN observers to watch our elections: to examine the software (including the firm ware) that runs US voting systems, and to make sure that the vote totals are not tampered with, and to report any voting that is not secure or auditable.
As the head of Vermonters for Voting Integrity, and an author of Vermont law S.202 (banning electronic voting), I am writing to request that the UN consider sending election observers to the United States. This should be debated openly in light of the massive fraud that has been committed here, especially during and since the 2000 elections.

Any system of collecting data must be auditable. Any accountant or bookkeeper from Bangkok to Santiago knows this. But some election officials (and supposed voting rights groups) in the U.S. are either too corrupt or too incompetent to understand this most basic principle of data collection.

It is for this well-documented reason that I request observers to watch our elections: to examine the software (including the firm ware) that runs these systems, and to make sure that the vote totals are not tampered with, and to report any voting that is not secure or auditable.

"The results of US elections have a profound effect on the lives and well-being of people throughout the world."

There are several organizations in the US involved in voting integrity that would support and help such an effort. The National Ballot Integrity Project is one. I would be happy to send you a list

In the meantime, I suggest that you look at blackboxvoting.org for details.

The results in the US have a profound effect on the lives and well-being of people throughout the world. That is why it is incumbent upon the UN to be mindful of election fraud in the US, which has already resulted in systematic torture, and in the loss of tens of thousands of lives worldwide, and continues to do so.

As you know, the people directing these crimes are not our legitimate representatives. Please help us to make our elections fair and open.

I invite anyone at the UN on to my radio program to discuss these ideas.

Sincerely,
Jim Hogue
Mr. Hogue writes in behalf of Vermonters for Voting Integrity.
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This story was published on May 24, 2004.