Re: OVC on HR 811

From: Teresa Hommel <tahommel_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Sat Jul 14 2007 - 22:37:00 CDT

Please read my comments on the bill before you continue to support it.

Thre are supporting documents available at

Teresa Hommel

David Mertz wrote:

>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:
>David Mertz
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