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      Guest For  WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 27, 2004
                                          

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                                            JOHN  KENNEY

                         

CONDUCTING HUNGER STRIKE TO PROTEST ELECTRONIC VOTING

                             http://hungerfordemocracy.org

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More about JOHN KENNEY & HUNGER FOR DEMOCRACY  

   
  PAPER BALLOT... MAKE SURE THEY COUNT IT!
The Freedom Fast

My name is John B. Kenney and I have been on a hunger strike since September 7th to protect our Constitution’s guaranteed right to vote. I pledge to continue fasting until our vote is ensured.

Until our elected representatives or computer companies, such as Diebold, Sequoia and ES&S return our Paper Ballots and make them the primary vote, I will remain on hunger strike.

These devious computer companies, using “proprietary software”, literally “OWN” our vote!! They refuse to retrofit their electronic devices with printers. They must restore our inalienable right to vote.

In the words of one of our founding fathers, Thomas Paine, “The Right to Vote is the Primary Right… All other Rights are secured from it. Without this Right, we are reduced to slavery.”

In the words of ALL of our founding fathers and all true Patriots, “Give me Liberty, or give me Death.”

I love my life. I love my country. But I’ll live a free man, or perish in an attempt to reclaim our Liberty.

I am taking this drastic action because the exclusive use of electronic devices in our voting process puts the very foundation of our democracy at stake. This is a life or death or SLAVERY issue. When they own your vote…they will own you.

Not only do computer voting machines malfunction and break down, they are easy to tamper with in order to produce fraudulent results.

 

Read more about it here:

 
  • Ready or Not, Electronic Voting Goes National - Sept 19, 2004 - NY Times Article

     

  • http://www.blackboxvoting.org/
  • Furthermore, 30% of the electronic voting machines in this country have no paper ballots or receipts (over 50 MILLION VOTES!!!) and no way to recount or audit the vote if there are questions about the results. This is the perfect-storm recipe for voting fraud. The greatest scam ever foisted on the unaware American Public.

    Already there have been MANY irregularities. I’m afraid that on November 3rd 2004, there will be many, MANY more. But more importantly, in a Democracy founded on a system of checks and balances, they have deliberately designed a process that has no safeguards, no open-source code and no transparency. In short they have the perfect process to manipulate or even steal our vote!!

    More shocking these private companies through “proprietary software” will soon OWN our electoral process. Not even ELECTION OFFICIALS can see the software or verify the votes. This means that your VOTE is in very GRAVE danger!!

    Who am I and why am I doing this?

    I am not a politician, not a professional activist, and I have no partisan agenda. I am simply an American citizen who is frightened and outraged by what is happening to our electoral process.

    And I am not alone. Many grassroots organizations devoted to protecting the sanctity and integrity of our right to vote have sprung up around the country and are working furiously to avert a national crisis.

    The five basic elements of voting security are:

    1. Poll Book (personal sign in)

       
    2. Paper ballot

       
    3. Ballot box (transparent and locked)

       
    4. Hand Count (of all paper ballots in the ballot box)

       
    5. Results Posted (prominently displayed at the polling place)

       
     

    Many of these elements are missing in many of the polling districts and sites across the United States. YOUR VOTE IS IN GRAVE DANGER.

    Many FOUGHT AND DIED for our right to vote.
    Too many lives have been sacrificed to ensure our basic freedoms.
    Don't GIVE that right away!
    DON’T LET THEM TAKE IT AWAY!!
    DEMAND YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE AND HAVE THAT VOTE COUNT!
    HUNGER FOR DEMOCRACY!!

    HOW TO GET INVOLVED

    As an individual or as a group:
    1. PRIOR TO THE ELECTION:

       
      1. DOCUMENT AND REPORT ALL INCIDENTS, SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOR OR IRREGULARATIES. Call Election Protection Coalition at 1-866 OUR-VOTE or send a DETAILED REPORT, (Names, ID numbers of both personel and machines, dates times places, etc.) to https://voteprotect.org/legal/index.php

         
      2. Contact (by letter, fax, email, phone) your County Election Officials and State Registrar of Voters now and demand paper ballots for Nov. 2, as well as locked ballot boxes. Demand a hand count.
        http://www.congress.org/congressorg/dbq/officials/?command=local

         
      3. Contact your U.S. Congressional Representatives in the Senate and the House of Representatives, and the White House, TODAY, and insist that Congress immediately sponsor and enact Paper Ballot Legislation.

        Your Senator or Congressman 1 800 839 5276
        http://www.congress.gov or http://www.senate.gov/

         

      4. CONTACT some of the Watch-dog groups; Please check carefully and see which type of organization best suits you. And if you can't volunteer PLEASE Donate.

         
        1. Common Cause needs volunteers on election day for either 30 minutes or 5 hours in your county or in a swing state. They will observe polling place activities and gather data that will be used to evaluate voting procedures nationwide and improve future elections. Monitors will also be able to relay immediate problems to address problems at the polls when and where it is possible.

          http://www.commoncause.org/site/pp.asp?c=dkLNK1MQIwG&b=200690

           
        2. If you a Technology Professional, it is urgent you sign up here http://vevo.verifiedvoting.org/techwatch/

           
        3. The Election Protection Commission needs thousands of volunteers (especially lawyers, clergy, Spanish speakers) to watch polls and make sure vulnerable citizens can vote http://www.workingforchange.com/electionprotection/index.cfm?mktcode=WALD008
          https://voteprotect.org/legal/index.php

           
        4. You can volunteer from home--Bev Harris, the woman who first found out and publicized the dangers of paperless voting machines-- needs you to help increase security at the central tabulators of votes, etc. Join her "clean up crew" and find out the four top things you can do to make voting for everyone more secure http://www.blackboxvoting.org/?q=node/view/1196


         
      5. PROTEST AGAINST DIEBOLD the largest manufacturer of these defective electronic voting machines. Help to clog their phone lines by calling their headquarters at 1-330-490-4000. Leave a message for Wally O'Dell, Chairman and CEO, and tell him his company should get out of the business of threatening democracy. For more about Diebold, go to http://www.blackboxvoting.org/.

         
    2. ON ELECTION DAY:

       
      1. VOTE!!!

         
      2. DOCUMENT AND REPORT ALL INCIDENTS, SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOR OR IRREGULARATIES. Call Election Protection Coalition at 1-866 OUR-VOTE or send a DETAILED REPORT, (Names, ID numbers of both personel and machines, dates times places, etc.) to https://voteprotect.org/legal/index.php

         
      3. (SEE 1d above); CONTACT some of the Watch-dog groups, and/or VOLUNTEER to help monitor the elections.

         
      4. To combat secrecy, machine malfunctions, and poor security on Election Day:
        - Go to the polls prepared to document. If possible, bring video camera or digital camera (the law does not allow you to photograph inside, but you may want to document something outside.) Bring a notebook and a cell phone. Bring phone numbers for local media.

         
      5. INSIDE THE POLLING PLACE Use a notebook to record observations. If you see something seriously amiss, you may need your cell phone to report it: 1-866-OUR-VOTE.
        - If a machine misbehaves, get the machine ID number and the time.
        - Get the names of any technicians present,
        -Be observant for any suspicious people, particularly if they are not election officials, near any of the hardware or software used to tabulate the vote.
        -Ask for the Name and Number of all such persons and report them immediately to 1(866) OUR-VOTE.


       
    3. AFTER THE ELECTION:

       
      1. PROTEST THE OUTRAGE OF ELECTRONIC VOTING

        As individuals and in groups. Don’t give up the fight. The morning after and the week of canvassing is the most critical phase of this entire drive. Raise up your voices and protest the private theft of our ballots and the voting process. Write letters, faxes and e-mails, call your Senator and Congressman, join sit-ins, marches and rallies. Make sure we are heard.

      2. Keep in touch with us and our effort to protect our vote. Pass on the info, e-mail and web-site to your friends.

         
      3. STAGE YOUR OWN FREEDOM FAST
        Please consider going on your own FREEDOM FAST for 1 day on September 22 (or 2 or 3 if you so desire), and consider donating the money you would have spent on food to help support this urgent cause.


      SUPPORT US
      Your donation will be used to ensure paper ballots for Election 2004.

       

      I will continue my Hunger Strike until I can be sure that no matter whom you choose to vote for this November, your vote will be accurately counted.

      LET US RETURN TO GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE…PAPER BALLOT, MAKE SURE THEY COUNT IT!!!

      If you experience or witness difficulties voting, call the Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-OUR VOTE (1-866-687-8683).
      --John B. Kenney

     
  • Hear John's Sept 7, 2004 Interview with Air America
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    John B. Kenney - Day 51 - Oct 28, 2004

    Weight: 159 lbs.
     

    John B. Kenney - Day 36 - Oct 12, 2004

    Weight: 173 lbs.
     

    John B. Kenney - Day 15 - Sept 21, 2004

    Weight: 192 lbs.


    John B. Kenney - Day 8 - Sept 14, 2004

    Weight: 196.5 lbs.


    John B. Kenney - Day 1 - Sept 7, 2004

    Weight: 212 lbs.

     
    ABOUT JOHN B. KENNEY

    Born February 21, 1960 in Misquota, Illinois, John has spent the past 14 years in Japan and Australia as a Principle of an English school and founder of a cultural exchange program between Australian and Japanese High Schools. He is a registered voter of Chautaqua County and on a 3 year work visa in Kyoto, Japan, where he has left his home and work and business in order to ensure that there will be a fair and secured election. Prior to Japan, John went to college at SUNY Fredonia, and graduated from Harvard University Extension School in 1986 and worked in real estate for 7 years. He is a registered voter of Fredonia, Chautauqua County, New York and has already received his absentee ballot.

     

     
    HISTORY OF HUNGER STRIKES FOR FREEDOM

    Hunger strikes have a long history in Western Civilization as a means of non-violent protest, going back as far as the Biblical ages. They were revisited by groups fighting for equality, in Modern era, such as the Scottish women at the turn of the century looking for women's right to vote.

    Marion Wallace Dunlop of Scotland began a hunger strike in 1909 when she was imprisoned for her role in the suffragette movement. Later in America, from1915-1917 various members of the woman's right to vote movement in the United States, employed hunger strikes as a method to bring attention to their plight. The authorities at the time often used draconian measures such as force-feeding in order to break the will of the women. But ultimately such cruel treatment backfired and women won the right to vote in the United States in 1920 and in England in 1928.

     
     
     
         

     
     

      

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