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MD-IT Adds Regional Office in Indiana
MD-IT, a provider of medical transcription services and software to physicians and ambulatory clinics, announced today that it has added a new regional office in Northern Indiana with the acquisition of Michiana Transcribers, Inc.

It is Not Whether or Not to Audit Elections, But How, as Explained in an analysis from National Election Data Archive
How many ballots have to be counted to detect vote counting errors that are big enough to change the outcome of an election? With more and more contested elections since 2000, the question is not just academic. According to an analysis by M.I.T. mathematician Ronald Rivest, in an average US House race with a 1% margin between candidates and 440 precinct counts, a 2% audit may only have a 27% chance of uncovering vote count error, while a 20% audit may have a 97% chance of uncovering vote count error.

Independent Film 'Almost Broken' Dogs Governor Schwarzenegger and Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi as the November Elections Approach
An independent film maker in Los Angeles has not pulled any punches when it comes to exposing fraud and corruption in the workers compensation system.

2nd Annual Musical Family Tree Festival October 20-21st in Indianapolis, Indiana--Two-day Event to Feature the Best in Midwestern Music
This year the festival will feature up and coming bands who transcend traditional genres in favor of developing a unique sound and identity in music. The showcases will span the musical paradigm fusing different parts rock, pop, country, soul, and a compelling sort of quiet approach virtually invisible to mainstream music. Musical Family Tree is proud to have a role in establishing new forms of music and to bring them into the mainstream.

Indiana Uniersity of Pennsylvania's Dr. Botelho Engages in Competitive Fencing
Dr. Botelho is a faculty member at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a core professor for the Robert E Cook Honors College, and a competitive fencer.

Election Integrity Experts Recommend Investigation and Legislation


(PRWeb) January 3, 2007 -- In light of the continuing problem of questionable election outcomes in jurisdictions all over the country, where tens of thousands of votes appear not to have been recorded correctly, these recommendations are crucial to reestablishing trust in U.S. elections. Just five of these recommendations would prevent the wrong candidate being sworn into office as it appears may be happening in Florida's House District 13 election. Due to the untimely release of complete vote count data, investigators are just now turning up statistically improbable vote outcomes and election challenges are still underway. Those five recommendations, with just the briefest of definitions, are:

?††† Manual Audits, enough votes have to be manually hand counted to ensure that the machine counts are not outcome-altering;

?††† Auditable Voting Systems, the system must provide a voter-verified permanent paper copy of the vote that is sturdy enough for handling in recounts and/or storage;

?††† Public Election Records, rapid access to paper and electronic election records, and detailed vote counts in all vote types to ensure that over or under votes in different vote types don't cancel each other out and thereby obscure vote irregularities, before a race is called;

?††† Public Right to Observe, genuine observation, not just presence in the room is vital to the maintenance of fairness and transparency;

?††† Teeth in the Legislation, civil and/or criminal penalties or a reduction of funding for failure to live up to the standards of a fair and open election process, do not swear in until election contests are satisfied.

To read the recommendations with details in full go to http://electionarchive.org/ucvInfo/US/EI-FederalLegislationProposal.pdf

This highly qualified group of election integrity authorities is comprised of attorneys, election law specialists, state election officials, computer scientists, mathematicians, a designer of systems for people with disabilities, and a public administration and election policy expert. The complete list of experts, including their qualifications, is available at http://electionarchive.org/ucvInfo/US/ExpertsList.pdf

Congressional members and their staffs may go over any or all of their concerns on the recommended legislation with these experts and their associates.

This group of experts feels that enacting these recommendations will help to ensure the integrity of our democracy. They urge you to contact your US Senators and Representatives to encourage them to vote for these recommendations.

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