This Monday afternoon, June 5, the King County Council will vote on Deanron's proposal to force all county voters to vote by mail. At this time, support for the proposal falls strictly on party lines, with only the Democrats favoring forced mail voting. Even though mail voting is widely understood to be more expensive, less secure and more error prone, the Democrats are pushing hard to force everybody to vote by mail, presumably because they believe that the increased sloppiness and lack of transparency offers them some sort of partisan advantage. This cynical debasement of the integrity of our elections must not stand.
The proposal is on the calendar for 1:30 pm in Council chambers. Please join me along with a multi-partisan group of citizens to attend the Council session and express opposition to this measure. A strong public showing is the best chance we have of persuading the Council to change course. If your schedule doesn't permit you to attend the Council meeting, be sure to call and/or e-mail your King County Councilmember on Monday morning to express your opposition to forced mail-voting (contact info here). More details on attending the Council meeting, including directions and parking, follow --
A Call to Action!
We NEED YOU! Will You Join Us?
Elimination of Polls &
FORCED VOTE by MAIL
in King County
The King County Council has fast-tracked a proposal to eliminate all neighborhood polling places and replace them with forced vote by mail ballots, and 10 inadequate "regional poll centers" to assist the blind and cover re-issuance of ballots and emergencies with unreliable touch-screen machines. The final vote will be taken on Tuesday - The council has backed down in the face of public response on other issues, and we hope to make them reconsider this rash plan by turning out in force.
King County Council Meeting
10th Floor Council Chambers
King County Courthouse
516 3rd Avenue
South end of Downtown Seattle
(Courthouse takes up entire 500 block between Third and Fourth Avenues -you can enter from third avenue side OR Fourth Avenue side.
Parking and Bus instructions, and Map at the end.)
Monday, June 5, 2006
Protesters will assemble on the Second Floor of the Courthouse in the
Elevator Lobby beginning at 12:30pm, and will go up en masse at 1:15pm.
(If you enter on the Fourth Avenue side of the Courthouse, you are already on the Second Floor.)
Council Meeting Scheduled to Start at 1:30pm
Our goal is to FILL the Council GALLERY!
We will have signs available to distribute among the protestors, petitions
to sign, and talking points to help ensure everyone is well-informed and
ready to speak with the media.
Participants from all 4 well-known parties: Republican, Democrat, Libertarians, Greens. Also unaffiliated voters who are community activsts are involved. This is a broad-based protest by all activists who want SECURE and FAIR elections!
For additional Information please e-mail: noforcedVBM@hotmail.com
PARKING is available in the Sea-park - Seattle City Hall public parking
garage at 6th and James, some on side streets, two small pay lots by the
Old King County Parking Garage at 5th And Jefferson, and there is a large pay lot of courthouse parking two bloacks south of the courthouse, past Yesler, the lot runs between Fourth and Fifth Avenues.
BUS SERVICE: Go downtown via the best route for your starting point.
Once downtown, make your way to Third Avenue, and catch a southbound bus.
ALL buses are in the free ride zone, and ALL go to next to the court
house. Afaterward, ALL buses on Fourth Avenue, will take you back from the courthouse to where you started downtown. You can also use trip planner