FW: What to do about Holt's HR 811

From: John Burik <John_at_caseohio_dot_org>
Date: Thu Feb 08 2007 - 17:32:32 CST

A huge problem IMO which I donąt see below is Sec. 327 which EXEMPTS from
Holt audits those elections in which state law has an automatic recount, for
example, the recent OH-15 election.

Sec. 322 spells out mandatory audit procedures for several vote margin
scenarios, 10% random audit for a margin less than one percent; 5% for
margins greater than 1% and less than 2%; and 3% audit for margins 2% or
greater (pp. 35­36).  As Bev points out these are łAudit protocols that no
one agrees with, even fans of audit solutions˛ (post below, 2/08/07).

Even worse, Sec. 327 exempts from these requirements those elections subject
to an automatic recount under state law.  In Ohio that means federal
elections decided by 0.5% or less will not use the Holt audit method, but
follow state law.  Thus, the closest elections, in which we would be most
interested in an audit, will not have one.

--John, CASE

-- 
John Burik MEd, PCC
<jburik@fuse.net>
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Date: Thu, 08 Feb 2007 12:10:09 -0800
To: <john@caseohio.org>
Subject: What to do about Holt's HR 811
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Dear Friends of Open Voting:
Many people have written to me wanting more information about my reasoning
behind the opposition to the Holt bill.  We have been discussing it on the
OVC Discussion list and I have been working on a more detailed response.
Bev Harris beat me to it.  Ordinarily, I don't re-distribute things like
this to our OVC announcements list, but in this case, I have little to add
at this time to her 14 points.  So, I have simply cut and pasted that into
this message.  I consider this bill, HR 811, to be unworthy of futher action
except to kill it.
OVC is working on state-level and county-level legislation.  We may also
have substantial input on a new federal bill. Stay tuned!
*** from Bev Harris Tips for action: You can find your local congressperson,
along with contact info, by going to http://www.congress.org and entering
your zip code. Educate your local news reporter on this. And send to your
lists.
Further action suggestions will follow.
There is a reason you are receiving e-mails to urge your congressperson to
"hurry" and pass the Holt Bill. They hope it won't be read.
You should know this -- the following groups have come out against the new
Holt Bill:
- Black Box Voting has publicly come out against the Bill - Open Voting
Consortium has publicly come out against the Bill - Brad Friedman (BradBlog)
has publicly come out against the Bill - Jon Bonifaz (VoterAction.org /
Demos) has publicly come out against the Bill - Paul Lehto has publicly come
out against the Bill - Democracy for New Hampshire has publicly come out
against the Bill
Decline to support: - John Gideon (VotersUnite, VoteTrustUSA) has publicly
refused to support the bill
and there will be more.
HERE'S WHY
1. DECEPTIVE LANGUAGE. Calls a paper TRAIL a paper BALLOT.
2. BILLION DOLLAR UNFUNDED MANDATE: Requires text conversion technology in
every polling place. At $7000 per machine for 185,000 polling places, you do
the math. See this article for documentation on the billion-dollar
boondoggle: http://www.bbvforums.org/forums/messages/1954/46649.html
The bill is not talking about scanner wands, folks. Or if it is, they'd
better specify that, and soon! Except that apparently, it's too late to make
changes.
Note that only two vendors currently manufacture the needed technology, and
one (Populex) has as head of its advisory board Frank Carlucci, the former
chairman of the Carlyle Group, former CIA director, who was Donald
Rumsfeld's roommate in college. Every polling place in America. Is this
really what you want? Isn't it time to read the fine print on this???
3. MAKES THE SCANDAL RIDDEN EAC A PERMANENT FIXTURE AND INCREASES ITS POWER.
Alan Dechert, from the Open Voting Consortium says it best: "Holt
contemplates the invasion of these United States by the Federal government.
If passed, it would BREAK the voting system in the states while establishing
a dictatorship to handle things: the Election Assistance Commission ("EAC"
or just "the Commission") with its four commissioners appointed by the
president of the United States." Bradblog on latest EAC scandal:
http://www.bradblog.com/?p=4119
4. ALLOWS LOSS OF SECRET BALLOTS for the Military
5. NO RECOGNITION OF CITIZEN RIGHT TO OVERSIGHT. Audit provisions do not
allow either citizens or candidates access to any records for meaningful
audits.
6. CONFLICTING REQUIREMENTS -- ie, must have text converters by 2008 and
must study how to best do the conversions by 2010.
7. LANGUAGE ON DISCLOSED SOURCE CODE CONTAINS AN ERROR in that it doesn't
deal with COTS - meaning, any electronics component with a chip on it would
be required to disclose source code. There are literally hundreds of
commercial off the shelf components in the system -- printers, video
drivers, motherboard components -- that contain firmware, and these are
manufactured all over the world. The bill would require Hitachi, Seagate,
Fuji, Western Digital to open up their code for their commercial products if
used in voting machines. Effectively eliminates the use of electronics while
at the same time mandating electronics.
8. MUSH LANGUAGE. (Example: "The manufacturer shall provide the appropriate
election official with the information necessary for the official to provide
the information...")
9. UNREADABLE: People complain about their legislators not reading the bills
-- well the way this is written, it guarantees they won't read it. No
Appendix, so sections of the bill require the reader to actually go find a
different bill and look up sections in it in order to make sense of the
current bill. (example: "Section 301(a)(1) of such Act (42 U.S.C.
15481(a)(1)) is amended (A) in subparagraph (A)(i), by striking "counted"
and inserting "counted, in accordance with paragraphs (2) and (3)");
10. AUDIT PROTOCOLS NO ONE AGREES WITH, even fans of audit solutions
11. LOOPHOLE ALLOWING INTERNET CONNECTIONS for central tabulators and ballot
definition software
12. LOOPHOLE ALLOWING MANUAL AUDITS TO BE BYPASSED states with computer-only
recount protocols
13. LOOPHOLE ALLOWING MACHINE COUNT TO SUPERCEDE VOTER VERIFIED PAPER when
fuzzily described circumstances arise. Los Angeles Registrar Conny McCormack
already has tried to co-opt this (Feinstein senate hearing yesterday) into
meaning when there is a printer jam damaging the paper, the machine count
will trump.
14. SUPPORTS DREs (Touch-screens and other on-screen voting techniques that
are NOT recommended by NIST)
This is a devastating development. So many people worked so very hard on
this bill, but in the end it isn't about who worked hard. It's about getting
it right. We can't afford another set of HAVA problems.
And if it's got this many problems now, just wait until the lobbyists carve
it up.
We're going to have to roll up our sleeves to get what CITIZENS want. More
action-oriented, solution-focused information to follow. Black Box Voting is
working right now with many other group leaders to brainstorm the best way
to deal with this.
Bev Harris Founder - Black Box Voting
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