Re: Good Afternoon for Democracy

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Wed Apr 18 2007 - 15:41:04 CDT

Thank you very much, Charlie. You've had a lot to do with OVC getting this
far, so, congratulations back at ya.

I just sent another message to our announcements list regarding a letter
from Bowen. I've also attached a copy to this email.

Alan D.

Dear Friends of Open Voting:

I wrote yesterday that Assemblymember Krekorian mentioned -- during his
presentation of the bill in the Assembly elections committee -- that
Secretary Bowen supports the principle behind AB 852. Now that I have the
letter, I can say it's stronger than that. It's quite a good letter
addressed to Krekorian, and she says "I look forward to working with you on
AB 852 as it makes its way through the legislative process."

I have put a copy of the letter on the web:

This is good news. I think we all figured she would be supportive. It's
nice to see this. Assemblymember Paul Krekorian met with her on Monday.
Nice going Paul!

Alan Dechert

> Alan thanks so much.
> What happens in California sets the tone for the nation. Few states
> are large enough that the vendors can't afford to walk away and not
> do business. If someday CA forces open source then we all benefit.
> On Apr 17, 2007, at 11:48 PM, 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.
>> 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
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