We need attorney fees to contest Florida's election!
This election is about making sure every vote is counted. The nonpartisan movement for election integrity helped launch recount efforts that are underway in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Now we need your help to act on information we received about voting abnormalities in Florida.
In Florida, the infamous DS-200 optical scan machine is in use in many parts of the state. Affidavits from voters illegally turned away from the polls are being gathered. And county election officials are reporting that 25,000 absentee ballots were requested but never sent out in Broward County alone.
Unfortunately, Florida law has been changed to make it all but impossible to have a recount. The only avenue for inspecting the ballots is to file a lawsuit contesting the election results, and that must be done by Friday, Dec 2nd.
We Have to Know, a nonpartisan group of Wisconsin-based election integrity experts and organizers, believes that every vote must be counted fairly, accurately, and honestly. (Find us on our Facebook group.) We were successful helping make a recount happen in Wisconsin, but nowhere is this principle of election integrity more important to defend than in Florida, with its 29 electoral votes, a long history of election problems and malfeasance, and where most votes were counted on the DS200, an error-prone and insecure machine decertified for use by California. We've been organizing activists and lawyers in Florida to prepare a lawsuit.
Leonisia Olivares has agreed to stand as a plaintiff for fair elections, and the law firm of Clint Curtis has taken the case and will be filing suit on Friday. We need to raise $25,000 to cover the initial litigation costs for our side and $25,000 to protect the plaintiff in the event of liability for opposition attorney's fees. ProtectOurElections.org is a 501c3 that has stepped forward to be the fiscal sponsor for our election integrity work, and donations made are tax-deductible.
There is not a lot of time, and without this suit, we may never know whether the machines were secure and that every vote was fairly counted. Please help us ensure election integrity in Florida by making a tax-deductible donation today.
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Protect Our Elections is a fiscally sponsored 501(c)(3) so all donations are tax deductible. ProtectOurElections is a national collaboration of grassroots organizations that have joined together to reclaim our democracy, providing oversight to rescue elections from partisan politics and privatization. It is collecting donations for this urgent recount campaign on behalf of We Have to Know. Thank you for supporting the movement for election integrity.
Any money raised that is not used for the Florida recount lawsuit, will go toward recount efforts in other states.
UPDATE: Saturday December 3rd, 2016
Lawsuit has been filed as of yesterday, December 2nd, 2016.
See the filed complaint.
Receipt For Suit filing receipt.
Please send checks to:
Protect Our Elections
Washington, DC 20016