Re: BBV FOIA requests

From: Edward Cherlin <cherlin_at_pacbell_dot_net>
Date: Tue Nov 09 2004 - 02:59:16 CST

On Monday 08 November 2004 07:49 am, Robert Rapplean wrote:
> 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.

Indeed. I favor supporting her request, in part because the
information would then be available to everyone else who wants
to analyze it, including the media. It would give the public
ammunition to support the call for a GAO study of the machines,
and a lot more.

> 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.
> >
> >Opinions?
> >
> > -Fred-

Go for it.

Edward Cherlin
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