Re: Bowen opposes legislative proposal

From: Nathan Adams <nadams_at_ieee_dot_org>
Date: Tue Jan 27 2009 - 23:31:36 CST

I still think we are confusing the text of the proposed legislation with the
OVC voting solution. I see them as separate but related. Bowen rejected the
proposed legislation but not the OVC voting solution.

The money issue goes away if we have a product "worth" commercializing. That
is, a company (or many companies) could generate revenue around a open
source voting solution by selling services and support. But I think the
solution needs to be very well polished before interest will be generated.
Think about RedHat, Novell, and the other Linux vendors and how they make
money. At present we have an excellent idea embodied by some superb
demonstration software. Build that into a well integrated "total package"
and the venture capital will flow.

Nathan

On Wed, Jan 28, 2009 at 12:19 AM, Edward Cherlin <echerlin@gmail.com> wrote:

> On Tue, Jan 27, 2009 at 1:38 PM, Alan Dechert <dechert@gmail.com> wrote:
> > 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.
>
> Likewise. So where does that leave us? Can we do a city election
> without this bill?
>
> I am going to suppose for the moment that the political system is
> intractable under present conditions, particularly the unwillingness
> to be seen to be spending money. What can we do instead?
>
> It appears to me that what we need is a highly public portal where the
> public can try our system in full, not just as a one instance demo to
> print a ballot that you cant cast, but by creating and running their
> own elections. School elections, union elections, elections for
> non-profit boards and corporate boards, political party elections, and
> straw polls of any kind. Make the software available online, including
> the ballot design software, and publish the procedures for a valid
> contest. This means making sure that voters get one ballot each,
> through a registration and validation process or any other means. Make
> it clear that the system cannot be used for Internet voting.
>
> Then start a viral campaign to get the public to use the system in
> person and by mail (with procedures just like absentee balloting) for
> whatever can get the most publicity.
>
> The nature of our problem with Bowen was well understood by Franklin
> D. Roosevelt. In a discussion of a proposed labor law, he said,
> "Gentlemen, you have convinced me. Now all you have to do is to create
> a mass movement to force me to do it."
> --
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