Re: I need your help today -- oppose Holt bill as introduced

From: Nancy Tobi <nancy_dot_tobi_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Wed Jun 24 2009 - 06:50:46 CDT

Nice Alan. I can't believe this crap keeps on coming. And Holt thinks we are
so stupid that we miss his multi-billion dollar toss to the unscrupulous
e-voting industry with his never ending demands for more complexity, more
opacity, more technocrap????

On Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 3:10 AM, Alan Dechert <dechert@gmail.com> wrote:

> Below is a copy of what I sent to our announcements list
>
> ********
> Dear Friends of Open Voting:
>
> I need your help today. As you may recall, US Representative Rush Holt has
> introduced several badly flawed voting reform bills in the past few years.
> We have opposed them for a variety of reasons.
>
> Last week, Holt introduced his new one: The Voter Confidence and Increased
> Accessibility Act of 2009 (HR 2894)
> http://holt.house.gov/voting.shtml
>
> In general, the bill is not as bad as the previous. Some provisions are
> good. Ban DREs, ban wireless, provide some funding for voting software that
> would be publicly available. However, overall, the bill is still bad. The
> deep flaw with this bill, generally speaking, remains the same: it would put
> the federal goverment too much into running the voting system. Holt is
> trying to do too much and making a mess of it.
>
> Parts of it are outrageously bad. The main offending part for me is where
> they say the machine for individuals with disabilities must allow the voter
> to "independently verify and cast the permanent paper ballot without
> requiring the voter to manually handle the paper ballot;" This is
> ridiculous. This the proverbial $900 hammer approach. No machine has this
> capability currently, and such a machine would be many times more expensive
> than necessary. Potential solutions would solve one almost non-existent
> problem and create several others -- besides the expense.
>
> It's the same mentality that led to adding the expensive printing mechanism
> to the DRE voting machines. Vendors didn't mind doing it as long as the
> government was paying for it. Guess what? Government paid for it. No
> wait, YOU paid for it. Now those machines are getting junked. So,
> tax-payers underwrote stupid voting architecture. Diebold et al got paid to
> develop it and sell it. Now the stupid machines go in the trash and Diebold
> keeps the money. It's another example of a very few outspoken "disabled
> rights activists" -- people in bed with industry -- creating a very
> expensive mandate.
>
> If we can't get this changed, the bill must be killed. Other parts of the
> bill should just be removed rather than fixed. We might support it if
> chunks of it were simply removed.
>
> A here is a link directly to the bill language.
>
> http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?c111:1:./temp/~c111Uxz8FM:e0<http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?c111:1:./temp/%7Ec111Uxz8FM:e0>
> :
>
> SEC. 102. ACCESSIBILITY AND BALLOT VERIFICATION FOR
> INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES.
> ...
>
> (II) allows the voter to privately and
> independently verify and cast the permanent
> paper ballot without requiring the
> voter to manually handle the paper ballot;
>
> I need your help contacting Congress in opposition to this bill.
>
> I also need your financial support so OVC can continue to develop and
> demonstrate sensible open source voting technology, and defeat crappy
> legislation like this.
>
>
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