Re: [OVC-discuss] Quick Poll Vote TODAY to WIN!

From: Edward Cherlin <echerlin_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Mon Dec 29 2008 - 03:35:42 CST

On Sun, Dec 28, 2008 at 3:29 PM, Alan Dechert <> wrote:
> I sent the message below to our announcements list. I'm putting it on
> ovc-discuss just in case. If half the people on ovc-discuss got one other
> person to vote, we would be in third place. If half of the people on this
> list got 3 other people to vote for us, we would be in first place.
> Think about that. See what you can do.


> Alan D.
> ************
> Dear Friends of Open Voting:
> Do you know two people who could click on our Vote button today? We are in
> a position to win this Big Idea poll on change dot org -- President-elect
> Obama's What Big Things Can We Accomplish Together Now That We've Won The
> Election website.
> Open Voting has moved into 5th place and we are getting votes faster than
> anyone in our category. Please send your friends [1: sample below] to this
> page and ask them to VOTE TODAY!
> Why is this important? President-Elect Obama has pledged to support the Top
> Ideas coming out of this process at

This turns out not to be the case. The site has no direct connection
with the Obama transition or the future administration. What the site
says on this topic is, "The "Top 10 Ideas for America" will be
presented to the Obama Administration on Inauguration Day."

For details, see the About Us link at the bottom of the pages,

" is a social entrepreneurship venture based in San
Francisco, CA. The company was founded by Ben Rattray in the summer of
2005, and with the support of a friend from Stanford, Mark Dimas, and
a founding team of Darren Haas, Rajiv Gupta, and Adam Cheyer, launched the first version of its site in 2007."

> Our idea is likely to be
> attractive to the new Obama administration because it fits with his
> government-by-the-people theme, and can be accomplished without a big
> investment.

Vote suppression was a Civil Rights campaign issue.

End Deceptive Voting Practices

Obama will sign into law his legislation that establishes harsh
penalties for those who have engaged in voter fraud and provides
voters who have been misinformed with accurate and full information so
they can vote.

The voting and counting processes were not listed, and need to be put
on the Administration's agenda. Use of Free Software in government
more generally also needs to be discussed more widely, and put into
much wider practice. This relates to the full range of government
actions on so-called Intellectual Property rights, including laws
defining them, and what gets put under which.

> At some point, we need to move beyond attacking the crisis du jour and get
> to some of the fundamental faults in our society. The crisis du jour is
> never a fundamental problem but is always symptomatic of deeper underlying
> faults.
> The voting system is exactly the kind of fundamental problem that must be
> solved. It happens that a real solution is at hand and can be implemented
> with funding already available left over from HAVA (Help America Vote Act of
> 2002). We have to follow through. That is Open Voting Consortium's
> commitment every single day.

At the same time, problems with voting are symptoms of even more
fundamental problems with secrecy, ownership of information, and
voodoo economics, all of which are symptoms of the general failure to
educate our children, for reasons that go back centuries.

> So, please, dear readers, vote for this and get more people to vote!
> Thank you.
> Alan Dechert
> ----------------------
> [1] Sample letter from an Opening Voting friend with simple instructions:
> Dear Jane/Joe,
> I seldom ask any friends for action because it can be so annoying but this
> is easy & exceedingly useful. A friend of mine Alan, a giga-geek with a
> passion for open, transparent, paper-trailed Voting has worked like a dog
> for eight years to bring Open Source Voting to actual fruition in actual
> states. Open Voting could win a poll on Prez Obama's change dot org and move
> to the next round if we could get a batch more votes quickly.
> If you clik the url in the Note below, you'll see a blue box with rounded
> corners up to your left next to the headline Move the country towards
> transparent elections systems. Clik Vote there to your left & it will prompt
> you to register. Once you've voted that blue box will turn, well, burgundy.
> This is so worthy -- your several minutes will matter for on-the-ground real
> democracy. I'm grateful.
> Cheers,
> Your Friend

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