Re: Open Voting Movement Expands

From: Ginny Ross <ginnypdx_at_comcast_dot_net>
Date: Thu Jul 20 2006 - 15:01:40 CDT

Congratulations, Alan! And best wishes. I think the c4 / c3 division
will go far to expand the OVC effort and will bring funding and energy
to this great cause.

Sincerely

Ginny Ross
ElectionDefenseAlliance.org <http://www.electiondefensealliance.org/>

OVC Announce wrote:

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>Dear Friends of Open Voting:
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>Mostly, you've heard from me as president of the Open Voting Consortium (OVC). Now, you're going to be hearing more about Open Voting Foundation (OVF).
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>Why OVF?
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>Consider what OVC does. We,
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>1) Sponsor legislation to improve transparency and verifiability of public elections (bills that advance Open Voting)
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>2) Assist with language for legislation to improve transparency and verifiability of public elections sponsored by others.
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>3) Lobby for passage of bills -- whether sponsored by OVC or not -- that advance Open Voting.
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>4) Support candidates for public office that support Open Voting.
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>5) Sell the Open Voting idea to our target communities through radio, TV, newspaper appearances in conjunction with events organized by OVC or others, as well as simple person-to-person communication. We often attend and make presentations at conferences, workshops, seminars, rallies, meetings, and hearings.
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>6) Work with standards bodies to incorporate Open Voting principles in voting system requirements
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>7) Collaborate with scientists, engineers, and other thoughtful people to refine the meaning of "Open Voting."
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>8) Define detailed specifications for secure, reliable, auditable vote tabulation systems
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>9) Develop and test prototype systems
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>10) Demonstrate prototype systems
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>11) Author and present conference papers relevant to Open Voting election technology
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>12) Free consultation and advice to elected officials and candidates for office
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>13) Free consultation and advice to election officials
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>14) Provide expert testimony at public hearings
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>15) Analyze and critique existing proprietary voting systems
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>While OVC is a nonprofit nonstock corporation, the political work we do (especially items 1-4 above) preclude OVC from becoming a charitable organization to which donors can make tax deductible contributions.
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>However, a lot of the work we do is non-political (most of the work described in items 5-15 above could be done by OVF). We've long-planned to have a separate organization under which most of this non-political work can be done. Last year, we incorporated Open Voting Foundation. A month ago, Software in the Public Interest (SPI), a 501(c)(3) organization, voted to include OVF as an SPI Associated Project. We are honored to join major open source projects such as Debian and PostgreSQL under the SPI umbrella.
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>So, you can now make tax deductible contributions to the Open Voting enterprise. We can accept online contributions and we can accept checks. Please see the Open Voting Foundation website at http://www.openvotingfoundation.org
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>The OVF web site is just getting started. You'll see the content grow rapidly in the coming weeks and months.
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>OVC does not share its email list with other organizations. However, OVF is an exception. It's all the same enterprise, basically. I am president of both. From now on, OVF will make its own announcements and those announcements will come from a different (not OVC) address. I plan to allow OVF to inherit the same email list as OVC. If you don't want to be on both lists, please unsubscribe from one or the other.
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>Thanks again and best wishes.
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>Alan Dechert
>http://openvoting.org
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-- 
Ginny Ross
http://www.BlogforOregon.com
http://www.ElectionDefenseAlliance.org
"Just like global warming and climate crisis, the debate about whether electronic voting machines are secure or not is long over.  There is overwhelming consensus among computer scientists and security experts that electronic voting machines are fundamentally and unacceptably vulnerable. And like climate crisis, the only discussion remaining is what we do about it."
Megan Matson, Election Reform Activist


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