Re: One more try at freedom

From: Alan Dechert <adechert_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Tue Aug 19 2003 - 17:27:03 CDT

Arthur wrote:
>
> 2. The ideal scenario is that we collectively develop a compelling
> demo along with a compelling use case story. The demo makes a splash
> and changes people's thinking on how elections should work. In
> parallel, a team succeeds in raising money for building a production
> version of the software. Those grant funds include funds for
> certification of the software. That certified software is made
> available to anyone who wants it, for inspection, production use,
> modification, or any permitted purpose. A trade association of
> service providers, election officials, and other interested parties
> creates standards for practices and procedures that surrounds the use
> of the software, to which service provider members must agree to
> comply. The trade association also publishes best practice
> guidelines for election officials, poll workers, and other canvassing
> staff, which the boards of elections readily adopt.
>
Cool.

> Federal and state funding is appropriated to replace faulty elections
> equipment, and the service provider members win most of those bids
> through the use of low hardware costs and near zero software costs.
>
We'd better get cracking! A lot of money has already been appropriated.
$200 million in state money here in CA via measure 41. A lot of the money
has already been spent, but there is a lot that hasn't been spent yet. For
example, LA county held off with spending most of their money until they see
something better. They went for a half-assed stop-gap measure to minimally
be able to get rid of punch cards. They still have most of their measure 41
money.

HAVA funding (3.9 billion) has been approved but the money not yet
appropriated.

We need to get out there and say, "Wait a minute, don't blow your money on
that stuff! A better system is in the works." Of course, we won't be able
to stop most of it from getting blown on lousy over-priced equipment. If we
don't do a very good job convincing people we have the right system in the
works, it doesn't mean we won't succeed getting our system accepted -- it
will just take longer. Riverside County has already had their DREs for over
3 years now. They've got to be looking pretty arcane already. In a couple
more years they will look like dinos. So they will be looking to replace
their "new" systems, but they won't have this windfall of money and our more
economical approach will be attractive.

Alan Dechert
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