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

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Mon Dec 29 2008 - 14:16:44 CST

I just re-read this message I sent to the list yesterday, and I see some
clarification/corrections are in order. The message was mainly written by
someone else, but I sent it out so I need to take responsibility for any
mistakes.

There are two places that make change.org seem like part of the official
Obama site, change.gov. In the first paragraph, it should have said "in
response to President-Elect Obama's What Big Things Can We Accomplish
Together Now That We've Won The Election challenge," instead of
"President-elect Obama's What Big Things Can We Accomplish Together Now That
We've Won The Election website."

Later the message says, "President-Elect Obama has pledged to support the
Top Ideas coming out of this process at change.org." It should have read,
"The largest grassroots organizations supporting President-Elect Obama have
pledged to support the Top Ideas coming out of this process at change.org."

The last three paragraphs are from something I wrote and posted to
change.org a couple of days ago.

The is no official connection between change.gov and change.org.

Alan D.

>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!
>
> http://www.change.org/ideas/view/move_the_country_towards_transparent_election_systems
>
> Why is this important? President-Elect Obama has pledged to support the
> Top
> Ideas coming out of this process at change.org. 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.
>
> 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.
>
> So, please, dear readers, vote for this and get more people to vote!
>
> Thank you.
>
> Alan Dechert
> http://openvoting.org
> ----------------------
> [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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