Please join a coalition of groups and individuals today, Monday, April 22, at 12:30 PM in Room 30 at Legislative Plaza, 301 6th Avenue North, Nashville, TN as we urge Governor Bill Haslam to veto the anti-whistleblower 'Ag Gag' Bill (SB 1248 and HB 1191).
Tennessee Citizen Action is part of the coalition. Whistleblowers need our protection, not criminalization.
In addition, we are concerned that SB 1248 and HB 1191 would endanger First Amendment freedoms and shield big agribusiness from whistleblower investigations that uncover animal abuse and other practices that undermine food safety.
As someone pointed out on another post: he opposes using children as props but has no problem using them as bargaining chips.
1) Voter fraud did not occur in Virginia. To commit voter fraud one must actually complete the act of voting.
2) Just like in Tennessee, the election process in Virginia has a strong deterrent against voter fraud - stiff $$ penalty and jail time if caught. It's a felony. So is tampering with voter registration forms. Want to combat fraud - which, by the way, is usually initiated and perpetrated by people in power who know how to manipulate the system (elected officials, campaign workers, poll workers, candidates, etc) and not your neighbor down the street - then increase the fine and jail time and tighten up the voter rolls with common sense fixes.
3) Democratic US Congressman's son is an a**hole. Full story here: http://articles.latimes.com/2012/oct/24/na…
Voter fraud = fraud perpetrated by voters, i.e. you or I wake up on election day and decide to vote in the name of our dead neighbor.
Election fraud = fraud perpetrated by those in power i.e. those who control the election process and/or who count the votes (elected officials, poll workers, election administrators, etc.).
So, first, election fraud has and does happen and we've seen it perpetrated by members of both parties. Voter fraud, not so much. Second, stop comparing the two. Plunkitt and Secrets of the Hopewell Box are all about election fraud. Apples and oranges.
Never fear, The Electronic Poll Books replace the little piece of paper. Here is how they work: The electronic poll books replace the paper poll books and paper on which the voter used to choose their ballot and are comprised of three parts – a tablet-device, a scanner, and a mini-printer. When a voter enters their polling location, the poll worker scans their voter registration card or drivers license and the voter’s voting record is pulled up on the tablet. At that point, the poll worker is supposed to ask if the voter wants a Republican, Democratic, or General Ballot. The poll worker then chooses the ballot for the voter. The poll worker then prints out a piece of paper with the designated ballot on it and gives it to the voter. The voter takes the paper to the machine operator and the machine operator places the cartridge with the designated ballot in the voting machine for the voter.
Bernie, I know you don't get paid to do all the good work you do (and believe me, I feel so fortunate to be able to add to our household income by working on issues that I am passionate about and that might help all Tennesseans) but there is a lot of lobbying that needs to be done in 2013 to make sure that the TN Voter Confident Act (aka the paper ballot bill) that you worked so hard to get passed in 2008 is implemented in 2014. We're all working on multiple issues up here so please help if you can.
Nice anonymous hit and run there, Armoredveil. If what you say did happen, there were plenty of ways you could have stopped it. Why didn't you call the election commission yourself? Or a lawyer? Or the media? Clearly this was a break in voting protocol and it was your duty as a poll watcher to make sure it ended. Oh wait, you didn't do anything? That's probably because it never happened.
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