Re: Bowen opposes legislative proposal

From: Jim Tobias <tobias_at_inclusive_dot_com>
Date: Tue Jan 27 2009 - 17:56:07 CST

This is undeserved and unhelpful. Let us know what we can do to follow up,
Alan.

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Alan Dechert [mailto:dechert@gmail.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 4:38 PM
> To: Open Voting Consortium discussion list
> Subject: [OVC-discuss] Bowen opposes legislative proposal
>
> I received a call from Ronda Paschal informing me that the
> Secretary of State is opposed to our legislative proposal.
> Needless to say, I am extremely disappointed.
>
> The reasons were similar to those given two years ago when I
> had something like this included in AB 852. At that time, I
> chalked it up to too much too soon. She had not been in
> office for more than a couple of weeks, and had already
> committed to doing the top-to-bottom review.
>
> I did not bother to submit anything to the CA legislature
> last year because that was the secretary's first federal
> election cycle -- an important presidential year -- and I
> figured she would not be very interested in making any big
> changes to the election code.
>
> But now, those are behind us. The top-to-bottom review would
> seem to support the idea of our bill.... that is, the systems
> that got through the federal certification process were still
> bad. So, why not try our own process for CA?
>
> Even if we accept that the secretary prefers to see the
> federal certification process improved, this legislative
> proposal would not hurt that goal one bit. It would probably
> help the feds see some new things about how open source and
> open test makes all sorts of new testing possible and cost
> effective -- engaging the open source community all over the world.
>
> So, I just don't get it. It's not a matter of specific
> wording she did not like. I had sent over version 5:
> http://gnosis.python-hosting.com/voting-project/January.2009/0020.html
> She was opposed to the basic ideas behind the bill.
>
> I pointed out to Ms. Paschal that,
>
> - current vendors had little incentive to go open source.
> - in the current budgetary crisis neither the state nor fed
> gov is likely to fund development of open source
> - private foundations and wealthy individuals have told me
> over and over that they're reluctant to fund something they
> see as basically a responsibility of government. If
> government isn't doing it, it must be because they don't want
> it and, therefore, their private dollars are likely to go to
> waste anyway.
>
> Since Bowen says she wants to see a public voting system
> instead of having proprietary private systems, how are we
> going to achieve that? Ms. Paschal had no idea about that.
>
> None of the arguments I made mattered at all. She was just
> calling be to inform me.
>
> Unless we can get Bowen to change her mind in the next few
> days, I won't bother to ask any legislator to carry it. It
> will be DOA. The deadline is Friday for submitting text to
> leg counsel.
>
> Alan D.
>
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