Re: Taskforce on Federal Legislation

From: Ginny Ross <Ginnypdx_at_comcast_dot_net>
Date: Fri Nov 17 2006 - 12:45:29 CST

This sounds terrific! How would it get started? --- is it a program
like "Mailman" or some sort of forum software? I am trying to be a fast
learner, but I am a tax-geek turned political activist, so I do not have
the software accumen of the leaders on this list. I asked Bev Harris
what "forum" software she is using for BBV. That seems like a good one
to me. But I also like the simplicity of an email list --- I think we
may have to go that route for speed's sake. Thanks for the help!

Ginny

Arthur Keller wrote:

> I would be happy to host such a list at Sonic.net, including an
> automatically generated publicly available archive that can be
> searched by Google. Ginny can be the person who approves people who
> request to subscribe, as well as maintains the list. The OVC-discuss
> list in maintained at Sonic.net that way, although it has an external
> archive.
>
> Plus, there's no advertising! And turnaround is much faster.
>
> Best regards,
> Arthur
>
> At 9:10 AM -0800 11/17/06, Ginny Ross wrote:
>
>> 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! :-)
>>
>> Ginny
>>
>> 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. IMHO.
>>
>>>
>>
>>> -- Dick
>>>
>>> /*Ginny Ross*/ /*<Ginnypdx@comcast.net>*/
>>> <mailto:Ginnypdx@comcast.net> 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 "EILeg@yahoogroups.com"
>>> <mailto: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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