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"Fighting For" Song by Natali Freed & Sheila Parks for the Center for Hand-Counted Paper Ballots

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Published on Jul 18, 2012

This is a song written for & to be used by the Center For Hand Counted Paper Ballots.
Copyright 2011: Sheila Parks & Natali Freed, but please feel free to share this link!
Lyrics co-written in May 2011 by Sheila Parks (Founder of Center for Hand-Counted Paper Ballots) and Natali Freed (Singer/Songwriter/Musician), Music By Natali Freed, Peformance & recording by Natali Freed November 2011
Lyrics:
What were they fighting for?
What were they fighting for?
What were they fighting for?
What were they fighting for?

What were they fighting for? Sojourner Truth
What were they fighting for? Alice Paul
What were they fighting for? Fannie Lou Hamer
Martin, Malcolm, Goodman, Schwerner, Chaney (no relation to/not Dick) and there are many more.

They weren't fighting for their votes to be tallied by
Electronic voting machines? hacked easily.
Or for a privately owned electronic voting machine industry.
They starved they went to jail, they fought back, they were murdered!
They changed this world; they used their voice & courage
They would have had a lot to say about: Florida 2000, Georgia 2002, Ohio, 2004, Wisconsin 2011,

Do you know the amendments and your rights?
How can we count on our other rights to stand if our votes are not counted as cast? How can we be sure our other rights will count if our elections are hacked?
We've got to count each vote by hand!

What were they fighting for? Equality
What were they fighting for: Democracy
What were they fighting for? I want my vote to count
What were they fighting for? I'll lend a hand
We must count each vote by hand.

You ask how is it possible to count each vote by hand?
With no electronic voting machines used at all?
We'll here's one way it can be done and has been done successfully:
Each precinct consists of no more than 1000 voters
And each political party on the ballot is represented by who does the hand counts:
Say I vote democratic and my neighbor votes republican
We could be 2 of the registered voters in our precinct to help count the votes by hand
This happens at the precinct on election night
In front of video cameras; public eyes & streamed on line.
We'd count the votes side by side and once totals are found
We'd switch to being the watching eyes of other Repubs & Dems who do the hand count a 2nd time
To ensure the count is right.

What were they fighting for?
What were they fighting for? Transparency
What can we be fighting for? We the people
What is worth fighting for.

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