Re: BBV FOIA requests

From: Robert Rapplean <robert_at_rapplean_dot_net>
Date: Mon Nov 08 2004 - 09:49:10 CST

It seems that this argument has shifted from "Should ballot information
be publicly available?" to "Do we like Bev Harris?". IMHO, if we're
going to stand behind an Open Voting standard, we should stand behind
open voting 100%, regardless of who is making the request. It really
doesn't matter what she does with the information.

The question then stands as whether we should openly support the request
for information. That's much more of a political issue, but I think we
should stand behind our principles on this one. I say yea. I also say
that infighting is counterproductive. Any effort which demonstrates the
dangers of closed-source e-voting is in our favor, as long as we can
demonstrate that we aren't succeptable to similar issues.

Fred McLain wrote:

>>From what I've seen recently, there is a consensus that OVC members here
>support Bev's Freedom of Information Act requests for voting records of
>every county in the US. I personally am of the opinion that officially
>announcing our support will add to the synergy between our
>organizations. Some here may have reservations about this. I believe
>that inaction is more of a problem then positive action. The push for
>open records is hand in hand with promoting open voting systems.
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>Opinions?
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