OVC on HR 811

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Fri Jul 13 2007 - 10:23:08 CDT

Some members of this list have posted notes indicating their
opposition to HR 811, and suggesting actions to take to voice such

I'd like to make it clear that OVC as an organization neither opposes
nor supports Rep. Rush Holt's Voter Confidence and Increased
Accessibility Act. Hence these recommendations by list members are
simply expressions of their own personal opinions.

That said, I am personally convinced that HR 811 does more good than
harm, and is generally a good bill. It's not perfect, certainly.
There are aspects I would certainly write differently if I had the
power to. But it feels to me like a significant, and strongly
positive, first step towards achieving the goals OVC has been
advancing for a number of years.

In particular, in relation to both source code disclosure and paper
ballets, the HR 811 fails to be as stringent as we might like, but it
*improves* the current status quo federally. And importantly, the
bill does not prevent individual states from advancing the minimal
requirements of HR 811 further. Nor, for that matter, does it
prevent future legislations from enhancing its effect.

Matt Zimmerman, writing for EFF characterizes my own feelings well:

   But whatever you do, don't fall for the false choice offered
   in the breathless rhetoric of the "all or nothing" contingent.
   Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. And HR 811 is good.

His whole opinion helps dispel some myths that have circulated on
this bill:


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