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

From: Charlie Strauss <cems_at_browndogs_dot_org>
Date: Mon Dec 29 2008 - 09:13:21 CST

I've alerted Verified Voting New Mexico and United voters of New
mexico with my reccomendation to vote.

On Dec 29, 2008, at 2:35 AM, Edward Cherlin wrote:

> 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.
> +1
>> 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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> The Cosmos is my dwelling place, The Truth my destination.
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