Saturday, June 11, 2005

Guide to the Voter Confidence Resolution

This is a guide to the strategy and talking points of the Voter Confidence Resolution. For a more comprehensive presentation, please read A Blueprint For Peaceful Revolution.

Has the Consent of the Governed been withdrawn, YET?


The Voter Confidence Resolution shows us that the Consent of the Governed, referenced in the Declaration of Independence as a self-evident truth from which Government derives "just Power," is no longer being sought through elections in America. Unverifiable votes, privatized source code, and secret vote counting ensure inconclusive outcomes. Since the results are inherently uncertain, we have no basis for confidence.

What's Next?:

People in communities around the country are organizing and lobbying their City Councils to adopt the Voter Confidence Resolution. While the resolution is a template that should be customized somewhat in each community, these three frames should remain intact to generate a cumulative impact as more and more resolutions pass.
  1. The way it works now we're guaranteed inconclusive outcomes and we'll never have unanimous agreement about election results.

  2. The Voter Confidence Resolution contains a comprehensive election reform platform designed to ensure conclusive outcomes and create a new basis for confidence in U.S. federal elections.

  3. Since the Consent of the Governed is not being sought, we ask: Has the Consent of the Governed been withdrawn, YET?
The benefit of cumulative impact means it is assumed we will eventually switch the answer to this question from no, to YES, the Consent of the Governed HAS been withdrawn. How many communities must pass this resolution for this point to be made?

The Big Picture:

By uniting citizens on the community level, bridges are built across partisan divides. This consensus-building process will make it easier for any City Council to feel free to pass the Voter Confidence Resolution as a collective declaration. So begins the shift in the balance of power between We The People and the government gone awry (the very definition of revolution, according to Rebecca Solnit's "Hope In the Dark").


Who: City Councils
What: Adopt the Voter Confidence Resolution, ask: Has the Consent of the Governed been withdrawn, YET?
Where: Communities all across America
Why: Election conditions ensure inconclusive outcomes and fail to seek the Consent of the Governed (and because peaceful revolution is a birthright)
When: It's already begun; On July 20, 2005 Arcata, CA became the first to adopt the Voter Confidence Resolution (scanned copy of the original resolution signed by Mayor Machi).


Palo Alto, CA Human Relations Commission
David Cobb, 2004 Green Party Presidential Candidate
Voter Confidence Committee of Humboldt County
Green Party - Eureka, CA, Humboldt County, CA
Progressive Democrats of WA
Veterans For Peace, Humboldt Bay Chapter 56
Black Box Voting, Inc.
Velvet Revolution
Paul R. Lehto, Attorney at Law
Jane Allen, GuvWurld contributing editor

Submit your endorsement or the version of the resolution that your City Council is considering; or post your comments HERE.


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