Re: Good Afternoon for Democracy

From: Jim March <1_dot_jim_dot_march_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Wed Apr 18 2007 - 14:26:53 CDT

Microsoft is also fighting a lobbying war on open document formats for gov't
publications.

Basically, they're saying that if a gov't agency publishes material on the
web or produces electronic public records, it should be in formats that
people have to pay M$ to use.

It's an issue peripherally related to the vote wars - pay attention to this
issue too as it can provide ammo against them:

http://www.groklaw.net/comment.php?mode=display&sid=20070406122736199&title=Microsoft+asking+people+to+write+leters+opposing+California+A.B.+1668+-+Open+Document+Format%2C&type=article&order=&hideanonymous=0&pid=555070#c555168

Jim

On 4/18/07, Alan Dechert <dechert@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Thanks, Nancy. Of course, please, pass around the email -- post it,
> whatever. This is public info.
>
> Alan
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> *From:* Nancy Tobi <ntobi@democracyfornewhampshire.com>
> *To:* Open Voting Consortium discussion list<ovc-discuss@listman.sonic.net>
> *Sent:* Wednesday, April 18, 2007 6:43 AM
> *Subject:* Re: [OVC-discuss] Good Afternoon for Democracy
>
> Alan,
>
> 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
> respect.
>
> 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?
>
> Nancy
>
> On 4/18/07, Alan Dechert <dechert@gmail.com> 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.
> >
> > http://gnosis.python-hosting.com/voting-project/February.2007/0131.html
> >
> > 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
> > http://openvoting.org
> >
> >
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> >
>
>
>
> --
> Nancy Tobi
> Co-Founder, Democracy For New Hampshire
> Chair, NH Fair Elections Committee
> Legislative Coordinator, Election Defense Alliance
> nancy.tobi@gmail.com
> www.DemocracyForNewHampshire.com
> 603.315.4500
>
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