Re: FW: Has the (Ohio) ACLU gone over to the Dark Side?

From: Barbara Simons <simons_at_acm_dot_org>
Date: Fri Jul 30 2004 - 13:36:47 CDT

My guess is that Dan Tojaki is still having input into the ACLU decision
making process, but I don't know that for a fact.

My advice would be for everyone who you know who is an ACLU member to
contact the national leadership, including Nadine Strossen (I believe she is
the President) and Anthony Romero (who I believe is the Exec. Dir. or CEO),
to warn them of the dangers of paperless DREs, the necessity of having voter
verified paper ballots, and the huge damage that will be done to the
organization if they come out on the wrong side of this issue.

I'd also include a few horror stories to remind them that we aren't just
talking about some theoretical problem.

It's easier to prevent a bad public position from being taken than to get an
organization to retract one once it has been announced.

Regards,
Barbara

On 7/30/04 10:19, "Alan Dechert" <alan@openvotingconsortium.org> wrote:

> Barbara,
>
>> Meanwhile, the national ACLU can't decide which side it's on. Rather than
>> suing election officials to learn about potential conflicts of interest,
>> redacted security reports, and why they would ever have agreed to purchase
>> voting systems with proprietary software, secret and inadequate testing,
> and
>> secret test results, it seems that the best we can hope for with the
>> national ACLU is that they say nothing - since the previous document that
>> had been circulated by the national office was a pathetic defense of
>> paperless voting machines.
>>
> It seems like we should work on the national ACLU. I guess Dan Tokaji isn't
> officially involved that much now since he went to Ohio State U, but from
> his blog it seems he's still pretty interested in the issue.
> http://www.equalvote.blogspot.com/
>
> Who else should we go see?
>
> Alan D.
>
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