Re: Good Afternoon for Democracy

From: Nancy Tobi <ntobi_at_democracyfornewhampshire_dot_com>
Date: Wed Apr 18 2007 - 08:43:11 CDT


Thank you for the lucid coverage and the valiant battles you have been
fighting on behalf of all of us. Many people don't understand or follow the
legislative process, and your coverage has been extremely helpful in this

Your vision regarding open source and MSoft role in it too, has been
enlightening to us all.

Many thanks and many many blessings to you and your family - you need a
shower of them to give you cover as you devote yourself to the cause.

PS: May I post this report to our website?


On 4/18/07, Alan Dechert <> wrote:
> Most of you are on the OVC announcements list, but just in case, and for
> posterity, here is what I wrote today:
> _______________
> Dear Friends of Open Voting:
> I wrote that this was a good afternoon for democracy. Actually, maybe it
> was a GREAT day! Our efforts to bring about transparency in the vote
> counting process were successful on two fronts -- San Francisco and
> Sacramento. AB 852 won the vote 5-2 in the Assembly elections committee.
> The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted against buying a new Sequoia
> (with DRE) voting system, and decided to stay with the existing optical
> scan
> system with the AutoMARK ballot marking device.
> I was in the Capitol Building all afternoon. I testified for AB 852,
> using
> my Diebold voting machine as a prop. "See the InfraRed port? This
> machine
> is capable of communicating with a laptop across the room. Do you want to
> vote on a machine like this? This machine was certified but all the
> testing
> is a big secret." I had a lot of ammunition -- didn't need half of it.
> Assemblymember Krekorian said that Secretary of State Debra Bowen supports
> the principles behind AB 852. This is a little short of official
> endorsement, but what a difference a year makes. Last year, Secretary of
> State McPherson fought our bill (AB 2097 carried by the Jackie Goldberg --
> the great, but termed-out Jackie Goldberg) all the way.
> Then all the Microsoft shills showed up to testify against the bill. No
> one
> said, "I work for Microsoft," but they may as well have had "Microsoft
> shill" tattooed on their foreheads. It was appalling. Their testimony
> was
> appalling. "This will hurt business. This will stifle innovation is
> election technology. This will make the voting system unsafe."
> Guess what? We don't conduct elections to create profit centers for
> business; we don't need innovative vote counting methods; computer code
> must
> stand up to scrutiny in order to be secure. That's the truth. Today, the
> truth prevailed. The truth doesn't always prevail, but today it did in
> Sacramento.
> Last year, our bill was held in the Appropriations committee. This is
> another big difference. Mark Leno, one of our co-authors on AB 2097, is
> now
> chair of this committee. Before I knew this, I had already relaxed the
> schedule for disclosure so it would not run into the problems we had last
> year in this committee. We have a much better chance this year in
> Appropriations. Assuming success there, we'll go to a floor vote in late
> May, then on to the Senate.
> The actions of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors (SF BoS) today may
> have been even more significant. You may remember that the SF BoS said
> they
> wouldn't approve the Sequoia contract without language in the contract
> requiring full public disclosure of their technology.
> We are working on getting "open source," or, at least, public disclosure
> to
> be part of any contract for a voting system with the City of San
> Francisco.
> This could have an impact before our proposed state law would take effect.
> Thank you again for your support. I don't think there is anything
> important
> I can do by myself. Success for all of these accomplishments is due to
> our
> supporters.
> Alan Dechert
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Nancy Tobi
Co-Founder, Democracy For New Hampshire
Chair, NH Fair Elections Committee
Legislative Coordinator, Election Defense Alliance

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