Re: Reflections on the election and implications for the OVC

From: laird popkin <lairdp_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Thu Nov 04 2004 - 19:23:40 CST

Excellent!

On Thu, 4 Nov 2004 17:00:33 -0800, Arthur Keller <arthur@kellers.org> wrote:
> At 3:55 PM -0800 11/4/04, Alan Dechert wrote:
>
> The blurb will be sent out to membership lists, so your notes aren't
> exactly useful for getting grassroots support.
>
> Here's my suggested blurb:
>
> Over one-third of the nation used electronic voting machines in
> Tuesday's Presidential election that have no audit trail and cannot
> effectively be recounted. Discrepancies between the exit polls and
> the reported election results are are hard to investigate because
> there is no independent paper record of all the individual votes.
> And those electronic voting machines have inner workings that are
> trade secrets and the reports of the certification tests for them are
> also trade secrets.
>
> If you believe that voting systems should be open and publicly
> inspectable, then please join the Open Voting Consortium at
> http://www.openvotingconsortium.org The Open Voting Consortium is a
> group dedicated to the promotion of *open* voting systems. We
> recently demonstrated a prototype system that was called a "Touch
> Screen Holy Grail" by the San Jose Mercury News. We helped pass
> SB1438 in California to require voting machines to have a paper
> trail. And we helped pass ACR242 in California that directed the
> study of using open source in electronic voting machines.
>
> In the coming months, we plan to promote similar legislation in other
> states. We also plan to continue development of open voting systems.
> Help begin a process to transform the voting system from a
> fraud-prone, blackbox, proprietary, expensive, idiosyncratic,
> unreliable system to a technically sound, accurate, secure,
> inexpensive, uniform and open voting system. Visit the Open Voting
> Consortium at http://www.openvotingconsortium.org and donate or
> become a supporting member today.
>
>
>
> Best regards,
> Arthur
>
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>

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