Re: Fwd: Black Box Voting Board Member Arrested in San Diego for Viewing Vote-Tallying

From: Ron Crane <voting_at_lastland_dot_net>
Date: Wed Jul 27 2005 - 20:48:41 CDT
Some, but not all. The right of observation is one of effective observation, not merely technical observation. If the observer cannot see what's on the screen, or cannot see what elections officials are doing to the system, she might as well not be there. From this account, March was provocative (most likely because he couldn't see a damned thing -- try reading any reasonable-sized text on your monitor from 8 feet away and behind glass), but the arrest was disproportionate to the provocation. Elections officials need to take their duty of transparency, as weak as it is, seriously, and not automatically cuff-and-stuff citizens who (even strenuously) try to get them to do their jobs.

-R

Rick Gideon wrote:
"About 10:45 at the registrar's office in Kearny Mesa, a member of a group
that monitors elections stormed into a computer room where votes were
being tabulated. Jim March, who sits on the board of Black Box Voting,
complained about having to observe from behind a window eight feet away.
When an election worker opened the door, March bolted inside.

Two sheriff's deputies jumped from their seats, pulled him out of the room
and led him to a patrol car.

Thirty minutes earlier, March told a reporter he was going to perform an
act of civil disobedience."


http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/politics/20050727-0036-7n27vote.html

Kind of takes the sensationalism out of the whole story, doesn't it?




On Wed, 27 Jul 2005, Ron Crane wrote:

  
What do those sources say was left out? And who are they?

-R

Rick Gideon wrote:

 Before writing any letters, I would wait for the entire story. According
to sources, there is some key parts left out of the BBV press release,
which is really of no surprise to me.

On Wed, 27 Jul 2005, Ron Crane wrote:



 This deserves a letter to the editor. Here's one I wrote to the San Jose Mercury News:

------
Today brings news that Jim March, a strong advocate for fair and open ballot counting, has been arrested for exercising his
right to supervise counting of San Diego's mayoral ballots. This is a step too far. First they forced us to use voting
machines containing secret software, which are tested by vendor-funded labs and produce secret test results. Then they said
we must forgo paper ballots. Now they're arresting citizens who dare to try to supervise what little of the counting process
still remains visible.

America is in for dark days if we do not force our public servants - and the vendors they choose - to count our votes
accurately and transparently. Please support open-source voting by visiting http://www.openvotingconsortium.org, and Jim
March's continuing investigations by visiting http://www.blackboxvoting.org.
------

Please consider writing your own letter. While there have been many differing views on BBV's approach, Jim March has done a
lot of good work, including some for OVC, and to all appearances was completely in the right last night.

-R


Edmund R. Kennedy wrote:

 --- Black Box Voting <crew@blackboxvoting.org> wrote:


 To: ekennedyx@yahoo.com
Subject: Black Box Voting Board Member Arrested in
San Diego for Viewing Vote-Tallying
From: "Black Box Voting" <crew@blackboxvoting.org>
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2005 01:51:05 -0700 (PDT)

VIEWING THE DIEBOLD VOTE-TALLYING SCREEN PROHIBITED

Jim March, a member of the Black Box Voting board of
directors,
was arrested Tuesday evening for trying to observe
the Diebold
central tabulator (vote tallying machine) as the
votes were being
counted in San Diego's mayoral election (July 26)....





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