Re: Draft of fundraising letter

From: Nathan L. Adams <adamsn79_at_bellsouth_dot_net>
Date: Wed Aug 18 2004 - 20:40:43 CDT

At the very bottom, you have this twice:

"OVC is applying for 501(c)(6) designation as a trade association."

On Tuesday 17 August 2004 07:46 pm, Alan Dechert wrote:
> I think I took all of Arthur's edits.
> ****
> In a widely quoted speech that I gave last month on the Capitol steps in
> Salt Lake City Utah, I said, "The concept of invisible ballots created with
> secret software is fundamentally flawed."[1]
> Do you agree with that? Do you also think that we're spending too much on
> voting machines made by Diebold, ES&S, Sequoia, and the rest?
> What if an organization could develop a machine unlike these expensive,
> proprietary, paperless voting machines--one that is inexpensive,
> non-proprietary, had publicly examinable programming source code, and that
> produced a printed summary ballot that the voter could verify before
> casting?
> Volunteer engineers working with the Open Voting Consortium (OVC) have
> worked long and hard to make such a machine available. We also have
> developed a viable plan for how this voting machine can be delivered and
> supported. Our system was described in a San Jose Mercury News Editorial as
> "the holy grail of election officials" [2] on April 8th -- a week after our
> successful demonstration at the County Government Center in San Jose
> California [3].
> We need your help today so the Open Voting Consortium plan can reach a new
> stage closer to deployment as a replacement for the
> not-ready-for-prime-time technology that has been foisted on the American
> public. We have multiple proposals under consideration by state and local
> election officials. We have also submitted proposals invited by foundations
> that are interested in supporting our efforts. However, it will be a while
> before funding from these proposals is available. We need money now, so we
> can expand our efforts to develop and evangelize our safe and secure
> approach to electronic voting.
> In April, we conducted a successful fundraising drive to raise $4,000 in
> one week [4]. That was just what we needed then. Now, we need $20,000 to
> build momentum. Our goal is to raise at least $10,000 in one-time grants,
> and sign up 1,000 "Supporting Members" at $10 per month. Please visit our
> web site. You can make your contribution on line via PayPal to
> (appropriate button can be found on our
> home page). We are also happy to receive checks in the mail. If you have
> other ideas about how you can contribute, please call or email.
> Your donations will enable us to reach a wider audience, including
> decision-makers that need to have the details set before them in writing as
> well as the general public.
> The OVC is a nonprofit consortium incorporated in California. Your
> contribution will not be tax deductible [5], but you will be helping to
> secure democracy for generations to come.
> Alan Dechert
> 9560 Windrose Lane
> Granite Bay, CA 95746
> 916-791-0456
> [1] See
> [2] See
> [3] See
> [4] See
> [5] OVC is applying for 501(c)(6) designation as a trade association. Once
> we have our software certified, we will be a trade association whose
> members will deliver the goods and services, including training and
> support. If you join the OVC with business interests in our product, your
> membership dues may be deductible as a business expense. Consult your
> accountant. For more details about the OVC architecture,
> See
> OVC is applying for 501(c)(6) designation as a trade association.

Nathan L. Adams
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