28 April 2014

A review of While We Still Have Time: The Perils Of Electronic Voting Machines And Democracy's Solution: Publicly Observed, Secure Hand-Counted Paper Ballots (HCPB) Elections, by Sheila Parks, Ed.D.


In While We Still Have Time: The Perils Of Electronic Voting Machines And Democracy's Solution: Publicly Observed, Secure Hand-Counted Paper Ballots (HCPB) Elections, Dr. Sheila Parks makes a very compelling (but scary) argument, backed up with lots of convincing evidence, showing that ALL electronic voting machines are susceptible to fraud and demonstrating that many have in fact been tampered with in recent elections.


This book is an absolute MUST READ for all citizens who are concerned that ALL votes are counted as cast. Dr. Parks shows that it is impossible to prove that electronic voting machines used in elections have NOT been tampered with. Her book is a chilling reminder that all ordinary citizens must continue to be actively involved in the political process if we want to avoid the demise of our democracy. The most precious right we have as citizens is the right to vote and have each vote be counted as intended.


I highly recommend this book. It is a quick read, and includes many practical steps to take to advocate for publicly-observed, secure, hand-counted paper ballots (HCPB) elections. Several chapters provide case studies of four precincts in Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire. These case studies are based on Parks' observations in real time of elections being counted by hand, and demonstrate that it is actually CHEAPER, FASTER, AND SAFER to run HCPB elections than to run elections using voting machines, which cost between $3,000 to $5,000 per machine, not counting the cost to store, maintain, and upgrade them regularly--or the cost to our democracy of having votes stolen!



Parks is an expert on the topic of HCBP elections. In fact, her research since 2000 has impelled her to put forth protocols to implement HCPB elections nationwide (see the last chapter)-- but we must first get our elections supervisors to see the importance of doing so! To aid in that endeavor, in the Introduction Parks provides a two-page list of concrete actions that can be taken by ordinary citizens.


This is too important an issue for American citizens to sit on their hands over. We must insist and demand by every way we can imagine that our government stop using electronic voting machines now and forever -- and While We Still Have Time provides much useful information and guidance in doing so. For instance, in it, Parks points out that the United States could learn a lesson from The Netherlands and Ireland: both countries have already eliminated electronic voting machines, and Ireland actually sold all of their machines as scrap!


I highly recommend that you read this book and share it with your friends, family, and colleagues. We must not sit back and watch while our elections are rigged!


Buy "While We Still Have Time" Here