Re: [OVC-discuss] OVC on Change.gov

From: Edward Cherlin <echerlin_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Wed Dec 31 2008 - 18:43:31 CST

On Wed, Dec 31, 2008 at 2:40 PM, Hamilton Richards <hrichrds@swbell.net> wrote:
> Searching Change.gov's Technology section
> <http://change.gov/agenda/technology_agenda/> for "voting" produces no
> results concerning voting technology. Looks like an opportunity for OVC.

Definitely.

It isn't in the platform/agenda, but it is in the Ideas/Questions
section. You can log in from
http://change.gov/page/content/openforquestions_20081217_private_url

"Will the Obama Administration extend it's policy of open government
into the voting process by endorsing open source code / paper ballot
voting systems ?"
Election Reform Activists for Obama
 - Science & Technology

"Science and technology are changing the way we vote for and elect our
representatives and leaders. How will the Obama/Biden administration
restore citizens' confidence that their vote actually counts in this
era of electronic voting machines?"
Stephen D, New Mexico
 - Science & Technology

"Will the Obama Administration support Open Source Voting (OSV)
machines and Instant Runoff Voting (IRV)? Will our vote be protected
and removed from the hands of corporate entities that have
disenfranchised us since 2000? Will Obama repeal HAVA?"
John Z, Kalaheo HI
 - Science & Technology

"Voting and elections should be fail-safe and fraud-proof by design.
How will the Obama/Biden administration restore citizens' confidence
in the election process in this era of electronic voting machines?"
Stephen D, New Mexico
 - National Security

"Vote fraud in Florida and Ohio may well have compromised fair and
accurate vote counts in 2000, 2004 and 2008. What steps will the Obama
administration take to secure accurate vote counts and to hold
accountable any fraud that is discovered?"
Dr Dave Hall, Seattle
 - Additional Issues

"Will Obama provide strong funding to Justice Dept. to investigate
Voting Machine Tally corruption, Wall Street Fraud, Military Contract
Fraud, and Government Fraud? "Deep pockets of the corrupt" require
large funding to bring about prosecution!"
Philip, California
 - National Security

"Re: Election Integrity Our democratic institutions depend on, among
other things, fair elections. How do you plan to correct the problems
of hackable electronic voting machines, voter disenfranchisment, long
lines, and uncounted ballots?"
1forpeace, Chicago IL
 - Additional Issues

and others. I see 14 questions on electronic voting, and 24 on Open
Source. I assume that there are many more that don't exactly match
those search terms.

> Even though the presidential election and many congressional and Senate
> races turned out as many of us had hoped, the threat posed by all-electronic
> voting is still alive and well. OVC can submit a position paper here
> <http://change.gov/page/s/techagenda>.
>
> --Ham
> --
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> Senior Lecturer (retired) The University of Texas at Austin
> ham@cs.utexas.edu hrichrds@swbell.net
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