Taskforce on Federal Legislation

From: Ginny Ross <Ginnypdx_at_comcast_dot_net>
Date: Fri Nov 17 2006 - 10:25:31 CST

Dear EI Leaders,

A new and increasingly urgent concern for all of us is federal EI
legislation and the pros and cons of HR 550 and HB 6200.

I feel caught up in a whirlwind of discussion on legislation in the
various EI leaders lists I participate in. There are likely many others
feeling the same.

I believe it is vital for our movement to unify under common
principles. Our main differences could likely be understood and perhaps
resolved with concentrated, open, collaborative efforts. Then we could
push together, as a movement, for passage of urgently needed paper
ballot legislation that will not be burdened with a battle royale or
intra-movement conflict over the other features of HR 550.

I do not know the answers, but I know that we are racing the clock in an
all out sprint to save democracy from these DRE's before '08.

Therefore, I would like to propose a unified discussion/action list that
will allow all voices to be heard in a fair and open forum. As a
simple starting point, I feel the main discussions fall into 4 general
areas:

1) Paper Ballot / Record requirements
2) Audit/Verification of machine votes and counts
3) Oversight & Transparency issues / Vendor Involvement in Certification
4) Strategy as to how to approach the new Congress (Amend HR 550 / HB
6200, other approaches)

Maybe there is another way to outline the tasks, or I have omitted
something important. My goal is to stay very simple.

I propose the formation of a single Yahoo group on this vital topic,
inviting all serious activists concerned with federal EI legislative
issues and all who wish to listen. I volunteer to create the list and
help moderate to prevent any disruption in this vital work. The
information discussed could be freely shared, and therefore allow
participants to use the information to inform their own legislators. I
believe in free, viral transmission of information in the situation
(such as now) when we are in a very dangerous, high speed, fast track
approach to HR 550. I do not feel alone in expressing near panic that
the bill might be passed without the major (not too time consuming)
overhaul it needs.

The core lists I would build the "EILeg@yahoogroups.com" list would draw
from VTUSA, ElectionIntegrity, BBV, CEPN, EDA, USVotecounts, OregonVRC,
CASE_OH, PDA and OVC. I may be missing something important, I don't
know. This is not an exclusive list, just a practical starting point.
I feel that on all these lists, there is a GOLDMINE of legislative
discussion and strategy. I believe in consolidating, collaborating, and
treating this goldmine as our treasury of future power. We need to
capture and use this power effectively if we, as a movement, hope to
have a compelling, rapid and undeniable influence upon the federal
legislative efforts that are now on the immediate horizon.

Your comments and ideas on this topic, or offers to assist or to manage
the project, are welcome.

Sincerely,
Ginny Ross
Portland, OR

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