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
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/postquery?bill_number=acr_242&sess=CUR&house=B&search_type=email
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
http://www.senate.ca.gov/ftp/sen/committee/STANDING/EL/_home1/PROFILE.HTM
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.
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/postquery?bill_number=sb_1438&sess=CUR&house=B&search_type=email
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,
Arthur

At 1:50 AM -0400 8/9/04, David Mertz wrote:
>"Alan Dechert" <alan@openvotingconsortium.org> 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
>astroturfing.
>
>------------------------------------------------------------------------
>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
>integrity.
>
>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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