Re: Dan Tokaji's remarks about ACR 242

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Thu Aug 12 2004 - 12:29:13 CDT

David,

> I wonder if Tokaji is educable.
>
As I mentioned, I think you will see some changes in attitude over the past
few months. Look at what he said today and compare it with what he said in
reference to the April paper by Shamos.

Today,

     I think that open source is something worth
     exploring, as we collectively search for ways
     to make electronic voting more secure. Is the
     OVC's open voting system the answer (or the
     "holy grail" as the S.J. Mercury News has put it)?
     I don't know, but such innovation should be
     encouraged, and it's certainly worth a careful look.

Quoting Shamos,

     "DRE machines have been described, somewhat
     dramatically, as a threat to democracy. A far
     greater threat to democracy is a return to any
     form of paper ballot,...."

Then Dan says,

     This is an excellent paper that is a must read for
     anyone with even a passing interest in the
     controversy over electronic voting. He injects
     a needed dose of reality into a debate in which
     a real-world understanding of elections has been
     astonishingly rare.

I see some movement.

Alan D.
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