Re: Fw: ACR 242

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Mon Aug 09 2004 - 05:02:45 CDT

Information on the bill can be found at
It has already passed the California State Assembly. It will be
heard in the California State Senate Elections and Reapportionment
committee. The committee's webpage is
Senator Don Perata, Democrat-East Bay is chair. His district SD-9
includes: Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Dublin, El
Sobrante, Emeryville, Livermore, Oakland, Piedmont, Richmond, and San
Pablo. His district number in Oakland is (510) 286-1333

Senator Ross Johnson, Republican-Irvine, is Vice Chair.
He is sponsor with Senator Perata of SB1438 to require an Accessible
Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail for all DRE's for the 2006 election.
His district phone number in Irvine is (949) 833-0180

Senator Martha Escutia, Democrat-Norwalk, is committee member with an
office phone number of (562) 929-6060. Her website talks about her
Whistleblower Protection and Corporate Responsibility Bills.

Senator Kevin Murray, Democrat-Los Angeles (SD-26), has an office in
Culver City, with phone (310) 641-4391

Senator Charles Poochigian, SD-14, Republican-Fresno ((559) 253-7122)
and Ripon ((209) 599-8540). He is the chair of the Republican caucus
in the Senate, and doesn't mention elections and reapportionment on
his website.

Best regards,

At 1:50 AM -0400 8/9/04, David Mertz wrote:
>"Alan Dechert" <> wrote:
>|Please join us in urging the CA Senate to pass ACR 242.
>FWIW, the following is the letter I faxed to Senator Don Perata. A lot
>of it is specific to my status/motives in supporting it... but if anyone
>wants to borrow concepts, go for it. Good procedure is to make your
>letter not look *too* much like mine, so we don't seem like we're
>Senator Don Perata July 31, 2004
>Chair Senate Elections and Reapportionment Committee
>Fax: 916-445-2496
>Dear Senator Perata,
>I have followed ACR 242 on the use of open source code in voting systems
>with considerable interest, including its passage in July withing the
>California Assembly. Although I am not (currently) a California
>resident, I have found that California--along with my home state of
>Massachusetts--has been a pioneer in promotion of openness in technology
>and standards used in governance. I believe that ACR 242, as well as
>Secretary of State Shelley's ongoing efforts to ensure transparency in
>voting systems, will both improve the fairness of elections in
>California, and enable interstate cooperation in assurance of election
>In particular, I have spoken, in Massachusetts, with Linda M. Hamel,
>General Counsel of the Commonwealth's Information Technology Division,
>and is Massachusetts' liaison to the Government Open Code Collaborative
>Repository. She is enthusiastic, with the support of Governor Mitt
>Romney, about extending Massachusetts' existing interstate cooperation
>in the creation of software for governance, to cover voting software.
>While Massachusetts has not itself yet adopted an analogue of ACR 242, I
>believe there is interest in the state in cooperation on open source
>voting systems. In large measure, the issue has simply not been as
>urgent in Massachusetts, since we use traditional hand-marked paper
>ballots here. But HAVA-mandated disabled accessibility will presumably
>eventually bring Massachusetts toward the use of (hopefully Free
>Software) electronic voting machines.
>I am myself a prominent writer on many programming technologies, as well
>as a researcher into areas of security, cryptography, data formats and
>structures, and a variety of related computer science topics. From my
>experience, I am thoroughly convinced that the only possible way to
>fully insure fairness in elections is to introduce transparency to the
>software that runs them. Not only does widespread inspection ferret out
>programming errors and malicious tampering, availability of source code
>for voter inspections represents the same democratic principle that
>promotes open records laws. Citizens should be granted their rights to
>examine the technological means of governance, just as much as they are
>its procedures.
>Yours Sincerely,
>David Mertz

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