Fund Paper Ballots

One of the reasons that the Russian government was so successful in attacking our elections in 2016 is that we don't have systems in place to audit and validate the voting process at the core of our democracy. One in four Americans votes on a system with no paper trail at all. We are up against a dangerous and sophisticated enemy, and we haven't put even the most basic defenses in place.

There is an appropriations bill coming up on March 31. Let's ask our Senators and Representatives to appropriate money for states to convert to trackable paper ballots, and harden cyber security defenses.

ACTION: Ask Senators and Representatives to appropriate funding for states to convert to trackable paper ballots. 

Don’t forget to fill out our call log so that we can track our impact: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1

Sen. Patty Murray: 202-224-2621 / 206-553-5545
Sen. Maria Cantwell: 202-224-3441 /206-220-6400
Rep. Pramila Jayapal: 202-225-3106 / 206-674-0040
Rep. Adam Smith: 202-225-8901 / 425-793-5180

Script:
“Hi, my name is ____________ and I’m a constituent in [your zip code]. I’m calling to ask [Senator/Representative] to appropriate funds to help states convert to paper ballot voting systems that can be audited, and harden cyber security defenses. One in four Americans votes on an election system with no paper trail. It has become clear that the Russian government attacked our election in 2016. We are under attack, and we don't even have basic defenses in place. Please add this funding to the March 31 appropriations bill.”

Background

Good News

The Trump administration said Tuesday it would not push for oil and gas drilling off the Northwest coast. http://kuow.org/post/trump-administration-backs-away-push-drilling-northwest-coast

Note

Yesterday, ProPublica retracted their story about CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel’s role in the waterboarding of Abu Zubaydah (the detainee we referred to who was waterboarded 83 times). We still stand by our opposition to her nomination because of her role in destruction of evidence and waterboarding of a different detainee, al-Nashiri, who was waterboarded 3 times. https://www.propublica.org/article/cia-cables-detail-its-new-deputy-directors-role-in-torture