Monday, May 02, 2005

Friend O' Hillary

Dear Friends,

There has never been a more important time for us to stand together and fight back against those who are trying to undermine our system of democracy!

Every day in Washington, we see more examples of attempts to rewrite the rules and brush aside the system of checks and balances that has served us well for more than 200 years.

That's why I am pleased that so many of you joined as “citizen co-sponsors” of the Count Every Vote Act, a bill that will restore the integrity of our system and strengthen our democracy.

Stand with me as a Citizen Co-Sponsor:

The Count Every Vote Act provides for common sense reforms that will make an immediate difference. This bill ensures that every electronic voting machine provides a verified paper ballot for every vote cast; sets uniform standards for provisional ballots; and requires uniform access to voting machines so residents of minority communities will not have to wait hours to cast their ballots while other precincts in the same state are voting in minutes!

I know the Republican Congressional majority does not want to address this issue. A similar bill I co-sponsored last year never even got out of committee! This year, I am working to build public support to demand action:

On Saturday, April 30th, Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones and I held a town hall meeting in Cleveland, Ohio to hear from people who experienced first-hand the problems addressed by this bill. The record of this town hall will become an important part of our case.

Please join us. If you have already signed as a citizen co-sponsor, forward this e-mail to your friends and family. It's easy - just enter their email address(es) below:

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Help us continue to build the record by sending in your own reason for supporting the Count Every Vote Act. Perhaps you had an experience of your own on Election Day that demonstrates the reason why we need to pass this important bill. E-mail your story by typing it into the window below, then hit "send":

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Remember: we can't just talk about democracy around the world – we have to strengthen democracy right here at home!

Let's take action to demonstrate our faith in democracy, and make sure that we will be able to count every vote!


Hillary Rodham Clinton