Re: [OVC-discuss] I need your help today -- oppose Holt bill asintroduced

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Wed Jun 24 2009 - 12:33:54 CDT

Like any message sent to the list, it can be referred to by it's own url ...
e.g.

http://gnosis.python-hosting.com/voting-project/June.2009/0039.html

However, I used a url that evaporated for the bill. Here's a url that will
persist:

http://www.openvotingconsortium.org/ad/hr2894.pdf

Alan D.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Edward Cherlin" <echerlin@gmail.com>
To: "Open Voting Consortium discussion list" <ovc-discuss@listman.sonic.net>
Sent: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 10:14 AM
Subject: Re: [OVC-discuss] I need your help today -- oppose Holt bill
asintroduced

> Is there a URL for this that I can refer others to?
>
> On Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 12:10 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:
>>
>> 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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