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E-voting Ground Zero on November 2

October 25, 2004

E-voting Ground Zero on November 2

EFF, Verified Voting Lead Teams of Experts, Hold Press Conference on Election Day

Nationwide - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has been asked by the nationwide non-partisan Election Protection Coalition (EPC) to lead a team of technology lawyers who can serve as experts on Nov. 2 if troubles come up in e-voting "hotspots" around the country. Stationed in cities across the nation, these experts will be available to answer questions when people call the Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE with issues related to e-voting.

Also on Nov. 2, more than 1,300 technologist volunteers with the Verified Voting Foundation (VVF) TechWatch program will work with Election Protection hotline volunteers to chronicle and respond rapidly to election problems, providing detailed, accurate information for follow-on litigation and policymaking. Their activities will include poll watching, responding in cooperation with field attorneys, and recording any problems they find in the Election Incident Reporting System.

The two organizations will host a press tele-conference at 6:00 PM EST (3:00 PM PST) on Nov. 2 to discuss the performance of e-voting machines on Election Day. If you would like to attend the conference, email EFF's media coordinator, Annalee Newitz, at annalee@eff.org and she will send you details on how to dial in within a few days.

In the week leading up to Election Day, and on the day itself, experts from the two organizations will be available to the media to provide real-time, on-the-ground reports that come in through election incident centers and from voter protection activists observing the polls.

Electronic Frontier Foundation Contacts:

Cindy Cohn
Legal Director
cindy@eff.org
office: 415.436.9333 x108 / cell: 415-307-2148
[in Washington, DC, Oct. 31-Nov. 4]

Matt Zimmerman
Staff Attorney
mattz@eff.org
office: 415.436.9333 x127 / cell: 415.948.5600
[in Miami, Florida, Oct. 31-Nov. 4]

Ren Bucholz
Activism Coordinator
ren@eff.org
office: 415.436.9333 x121 / cell: 415.254.9945
[in Columbus, Ohio, Oct. 31-Nov. 4]

Verified Voting Foundation Contacts:

Will Doherty
Executive Director
press@verifiedvoting.org
office: 415.695.0543 / cell: 415.425.3936
[in Washington, DC, Oct 31 – Nov 3]

Pamela Smith
Nationwide Coordinator
pam@verifiedvoting.org
cell: 760.613.0172
[in New York City, Nov. 1-3]

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