Re: Taskforce on Federal Legislation

From: Ginny Ross <Ginnypdx_at_comcast_dot_net>
Date: Fri Nov 17 2006 - 11:10:44 CST

Thank you for this idea, Dick. I agree. Do you have a software based
solution? Can you recommend a forum software perhaps? Trying to learn
all this is, itself, like the proverbial firehose drink! :-)


Richard C. Johnson wrote:

> I appreciate Ginny's call for a more central source of information for
> those interested in election issues. I believe two steps are needed:
> (1) a central email discussion list and (2) a means of
> searching/filtering that list. Most personal and business email
> allows search of subject and address if not also content. A central
> list will accumulate a vast amount of information and, without search
> capability and filters, we will be trying to drink from the firehose.
> -- Dick
> */Ginny Ross <>/* wrote:
> 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 "" 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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