NEWS RELEASE: MARCH 21, 2005
U.S. HOUSE MEMBERS SIGN ON TO
WATERS/CONYERS LETTER TO VOTING MACHINE COMPANIES!
State "very strong
position" that companies must
adopt standards or government funding should be withheld!
Members convey "moral and
patriotic duty" to implement standards
set forth in Velvet Revolution's "Divestiture for
Sending a clear signal to the
nation's voting machine companies, 23 U.S. House of Representative
members signed on to a letter authored by Rep. Maxine Waters and
Rep. John Conyers demanding transparency and accountability from the
private companies which now run the public function of America's
The letter, which was sent to
colleagues last Thursday, was signed and sent late last Friday. It
outlines -- in no uncertain terms -- the position of the 23 members
of the U.S. House who signed on that all government funding
via the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) should be withheld from the
companies that do not comply with the standards originally set forth
February 21 letter to the companies.
Friday's congressional letter:
"For the sake of our democracy, we believe you have a moral and patriotic duty to help eligible voters participate in and trust our electoral process. That is why we are urging you to adopt these common sense principles as expeditiously as possible.
"It is our very strong position and belief that only firms that abide by these principles deserve funding under the Help America Vote Act. We will do everything in our power to see that non-complying firms do not receive such funding."
The letter was signed by the
following U.S. House members:
John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), Maxine Waters (D-CA), Jim McDermott
(D-WA), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Sam Farr (D-CA), Sheila Jackson Lee
(D-TX), Rick Boucher (D-VA), Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH), William D. Delahunt
(D-MA), Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Corrine Brown
(D-FL), Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Robert Wexler (D-FL), James Oberstar
(D-MN), Raśl Grijalva (D-AZ), Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Donald M. Payne
(D-NJ), Barney Frank (D-MA), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), George Miller
(D-CA), Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL) and Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ).
representatives have asked for a reply from the companies no later
than April 15, 2005. A copy of the complete signed letter is posted
As well, Mr. Conyers, the
ranking member of the U.S. House Judiciary committee and
second-longest serving member of the House, notified Velvet
Revolution Co-Founder, Brad Friedman, informing us of this
latest Congressional effort. He spoke of his continuing commitment
to the fight which VR began in our
February 21, 2005 letter to the companies urging them to
immediately announce their intentions to adopt the recommendations
set forth and which we feel are urgently necessarily in order to
begin restoring confidence in American democracy and its
voting system. That letter is also posted below.
Velvet Revolution "Divestiture for Democracy"
Campaign, allows 60 days for the companies to announce their
intentions for adopting the standards or face a massive divestiture
effort to be launched against those companies (and their affiliates
and clients) that choose to ignore the steps which so many Americans
find necessary to restore confidence in America's electoral process.
Here is the letter which was sent late last
Friday to the 9 major American voting machine companies: [PDF
version available here]
is the letter that Mr. Conyers sent to VR: [PDF
version available here]
Mr. Conyers previously endorsed
VR's "DV4D" campaign on March 2nd. And last
week, Green Party Presidential
Candidate, David Cobb, sent
his own letter to America's Voting Machine Company strongly
endorsing VR's campaign.
VR has been asking the citizenry to join
us in the campaign by donating
to VR (we are currently funded solely by citizen
contributions!) and by sending
an email to the companies stating their support for this
campaign (we've set up a page to send email to all 9 companies in
less than a minute!).
For more information on Velvet
Revolution's "Divestiture for Democracy" campaign,
please write to DV4D@VelvetRevolution.us
or Media may contact publicist Ilene Proctor at (310) 271-5857.