[OVC-discuss] Barbara Simons on Holt

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Sat Jun 27 2009 - 21:22:56 CDT

Barbara Simons wrote,

> Apparently, Alan Dechert is planning to do his own
> rewrite of the Holt bill by eliminating sections he doesn't
> like. He then plans to distribute his version to Congress,
> and ask them to pass it. I find Dechert's political naivety
> overwhelming. One can hold out for the perfect bill, and get
> nothing - which is precisely what we have gotten for the past
> several years. Or, one can make the necessary compromises
> needed to get an improved, if not perfect, bill passed.
>
Barbara,

We don't need an election reform bill for the sake of having an election
reform bill. We need a trustworthy, verifiable, transparent, usable,
cost-effective, accessible, accurate, easy-to-use, and bug-free voting
system. The system needs to be owned, operated, and maintained by The
People. The system must be based on non-proprietary technology.

If the bill doesn't give us that, then we don't need it. The system I speak
of is quite attainable technically. Why settle for ES&S?

> Using Dechert's philosophy, there is no way that any kind of
> climate or healthy care legislation would pass Congress this year
> or for the foreseeable future.
>
This comment is idiotic and insulting. Heath care legislation and climate
legislation will not be impacted negatively by moving to a public-owned
voting system. On the contrary, the Holt/ES&S bill enshrines the concept
that solutions have to come via corporate partnership with the federal
government. Little people are powerless to do anything, so we have to look
to our big daddies for salvation.

Alan D.

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