Re: Bowen opposes legislative proposal

From: Brent Turner <brent_at_trealestate_dot_net>
Date: Wed Jan 28 2009 - 00:52:24 CST

Two things are pretty clear-

 

1. There does not appear to be support of the bill from the current SOS- and
that non action slows the movement to clean up elections. Obviously, cert
fees lock out OS attempts.

 

2. Alan Dechert would be a great candidate for the job of SOS- if SOS Bowen
is not the OS champion we desperately need we should consider all options.

 

I worked long hours for then Senator Bowen on her campaign- She has
championed our cause previous.

 

I, too, am currently disappointed. We need California to lead here.

 

BT

 

-----Original Message-----
From: ovc-discuss-bounces+brent=trealestate.net@listman.sonic.net
[mailto:ovc-discuss-bounces+brent=trealestate.net@listman.sonic.net] On
Behalf Of Richard Dawson
Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 9:36 PM
To: Open Voting Consortium discussion list
Subject: Re: [OVC-discuss] Bowen opposes legislative proposal

 

I for one am extremely disappointed in the Secretary of State's decision to

not support a bill that would, at essentially no cost to the state, remove

the financial barrier that impedes progress towards implementation of an

open-source voting system in California. The fact that Debra Bowen

campaigned as a strong advocate of open source software just makes my

disappointment more bitter.

 

I was personally assured by Ms. Bowen that she would support the use of open

source software in California's elections. I donated to her campaign,

collected signatures to get her on the ballot, and walked precincts on her

behalf. Remembering how, when she was the assembly member for my district,

she almost single-handedly managed to get California's legislative

information on line for citizens to follow, I expected her to follow through

on her campaign rhetoric and actively support development of open source

voting solutions.

 

Her top-down review of proprietary voting systems provided proof-positive
that

change is needed, and her own pronouncements demonstrate that she
understands

the need for an open source approach. Her many accomplishments while in the

assembly and later in the senate demonstrate that she has the political

skills needed to make progress. Why, then, have we heard virtually nothing

more about open source since she took office? Why has she refused to
support

legislative proposals to encourage open source voting solution development?

She rejected one proposal while she was in the Senate, and now two more
since

she has been Secretary of state. Why has she not worked with open source

supporters to help them develop a proposal that she could support?

 

Perhaps Ms Bowen has changed her mind regarding open source voting systems.

Whether or not that is the case, it is clear that open source proponents
must

organize politically to become a real force in the competition to provide

California's voting system. If it develops that Ms. Bowen has in fact

abandoned her support for open source, then it may be necessary to mount a

campaign to replace her, since it is highly unlikely that open source

will make any headway with out the Secretary's support.

 

This would be no small undertaking, but we certainly have potential
candidates

among our number. Alan Dechert, for instance, has spent many years studying

election issues and organizing the effort to implement an open source voting

system. He probably knows as much, or more, about California elections and

the players in the election system market than anyone else, and I believe
we

could depend upon him to maintain his support for open source software.

 

Taking on the Secretary of State would be no small task. In fact, it would
be

an uphill battle, but if we are serious about getting open source systems

adopted, we need a Secretary of State who is truly supportive. If Debra

Bowen is not that person, then we need to decide who it is, and begin laying

the groundwork.

 

Richard Dawson

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