Re: Donation plan? my sales pitch input

From: Ed Kennedy <ekennedyx_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Mon Nov 01 2004 - 20:06:44 CST

Hello Michael and all:

    I suspect persistence may do the trick. Somehow we've got to rise above
the background noise or cosmic froth. I expect a lot of opportunities will
arise for quick paragraphs and short letters over the next couple of weeks.
I'll be a poll worker tomorrow but after that I'll try to be alert to
opportunities. What might be a good idea is to keep everyone else informed
by email of each other's publicity steps. That way we can borrow each other
targets and text. Again, don't forget the resources in the wiki. There's
not a link to the home page yet (I guess Laird is rocking the vote or
something.) so here's a link:
http://gyaku.pair.com/vote/drupal/?q=node/view/105 .

Thanks, Ed Kennedy

----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael Hay" <michael.hay@gmail.com>
To: <voting-project@lists.sonic.net>
Sent: Monday, November 01, 2004 5:32 PM
Subject: Re: Donation plan? my sales pitch input

> Hmm, letter to the editor. Perhaps USAToday, I'e heard if there are a
> bunch of similar letters to the editor for USAToday they are more
> likely to publish.
>
> Also tried to get us posted on slashdot, but no joy.
>
>
> On Fri, 29 Oct 2004 15:49:46 -0700, Alan Dechert
> <alan@openvotingconsortium.org> wrote:
>> A pretty good try, Michael.
>>
>> My take: it's too long. It's more like an essay than a sales pitch. I
>> count 441 words v. 268 words for the existing pitch.
>>
>> During our sales pitch, we definitely don't want to send them wading
>> through
>> the Help America Vote Act.
>>
>> I think what you've wrote shows a good comprehension of the situation.
>> It
>> could be re-worked into an op-ed piece (beef it up for that) or a letter
>> to
>> the editor (scale it down for that).
>>
>> Alan D.
>>
>>
>>
>> > All--
>> >
>> > Okay, I took some pretty great liberties on the pitch. My thought was
>> > that we should have something that would be a little bit fun.
>> >
>> > I've donned my asbestos, so you can flame away. I'm open to make
>> > sweeping changes in what's here or nothing at all.
>> >
>> > FYI - I'm generally a crappy speller, so I'll take any blame thrown my
>> > way for this. I figured that a spell-checker would be used later.
>> >
>> > ---------------------------------------------
>> >
>> > Subject: OVC Announces Goal of "1111 by 11/11"
>> >
>> > Imagine the day after the US Presidential elections one candidate
>> > wins, loses, and then wins again. Ballots are counted and recounted,
>> > chads are scrutinized, and finally the US Supreme Court seems to force
>> > the issue extinguishing the voting power of thousands of US Citizens.
>> >
>> > As we all know this scene need not be imagined. During the 2000 US
>> > Presidential elections, this exact scene played itself out in Florida.
>> > The result, a Federal act passed in 2002 called HAVA or the "Help
>> > America Vote Act" [http://www.fec.gov/hava/hava.htm]. Part of its
>> > intent can be understood from the Act's first sentence: "To establish
>> > a program to provide funds to States to replace punch card voting
>> > systems,..."
>> >
>> > HAVA's spirit was meant to prevent the now famous "Hanging Chads", but
>> > in practice while the Chads are gone, the potential for boundless
>> > controversy and confusion looms large in the 2004 US Presidential
>> > Election. But why? The moneys made available, from HAVA, have been
>> > spent on proprietary voting systems, whose processes are unknown,
>> > workings are secret, and security largely untested. In an odd twist
>> > of fate these systems, with secret workings, may make the "Hanging
>> > Chad" more open, transparent, and well more democratic! The
>> > reasoning: ordinary citizens get receipts linked to their ballots and
>> > the overall process is transparent enough for most people to
>> > understand--at least the part up to the Electoral College.
>> >
>> > What can be done? Fortunately, a group of electronic patriots have
>> > organized to develop and provide a real alternative, The Open Voting
>> > Consortium (OVC) [link]. They have asked the question: "What if we
>> > could print out our completed ballots on-the-spot in the voting booth
>> > using an inexpensive computerized machine with the advantages of
>> > secret proprietary voting systems but without the secrecy? Major
>> > newspapers from coast-to-coast have endorsed the concept of open
>> > voting systems and paper ballots that the OVC is developing and
>> > promoting. The San Jose Mercury news called the OVC system the "Holy
>> > Grail." [ link ]
>> >
>> > OVC is working on an open and secure voting system that produces a
>> > printed ballot that is verifiable, even by disabled voters. All
>> > components, including software, will be publicly inspectable. To do
>> > this the OVC needs your help now. It will take on-going support to
>> > bring the OVC solution to completion. A thousand supporting
>> > memberships at $10 per month will ensure OVC's success to bring its
>> > system to market. Our immediate goal is 1111 memberships by 11/11.
>> > Please join us today to secure democracy for the future!
>> >
>> > Join: Become an OVC Supporting Member for $10 a month. [link]
>> >
>> > The Open Voting Consortium is designed as a 501(c)(6) organization,
>> > which means that donations are not tax deductible.
>> > --
>> > ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>> > Michael C. Hay
>> >
>>
>>
>
>
> --
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> Michael C. Hay
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