18 December 2005

Bucks voting coalition grows in numbers, influence
Municipalities, Dems join call for machines with paper record.

The Morning Call - December 18, 2005

Six months ago, the Bucks County Coalition for Voting Integrity amounted to little more than a few names and phone numbers scribbled on a note pad kept by Mary Ann Gould, the Richboro woman who founded the group.

Today, the coalition has a mailing list of more than 1,000, an attorney, a legal defense fund and a major political party backing its mission, which is to persuade the county commissioners to buy voting machines that preserve paper records of each vote cast in an election.

County commissioners have been flooded with phone calls and e-mails from coalition members.

And others are sitting up and taking notice as well.

Four municipalities in Bucks have passed resolutions calling for ''voter-verified paper ballots.'' And, the Bucks County Democratic Committee has weighed in, passing a resolution this month calling on commissioners to adopt the coalition's stance and buy machines that create paper records.


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