suggested proposals for federal election integrity legislation

From: Kathy Dopp <kathy_dot_dopp_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Fri Nov 24 2006 - 20:21:09 CST

Everyone,

By next Tuesday I must put together a brief summary for proposed federal
election integrity legislation for two different persons who are going to
meet with fairly powerful US Congressmen next week and who have offered to
hand-carrry my ideas for federal election reform to the them.

Please help me reword and edit my list, give your thoughts and suggestions
on it, and also please your recommendations for experts who could help craft
specific wording for each legislative proposal. Whatever we create, might
be ignored after I give it to them, but perhaps not, so please help me by:

1. suggesting changes/edits to my list, and

2. suggesting specific experts (with contact info) who could help evaluate
the exact wording for each item on the list of suggested federal legislative
proposals.

It must be short - perhaps one page 2-sided including the list of experts. I
will run this two-pager by everyone when it is done and ask anyone who would
like to support it, to sign onto it officially, if you would like (I would
add a page if people opt to sign onto it).

Here is my proposed short list. I can send anyone the word doc if you would
like to help with it. I would very much appreciate your help in suggesting
names of experts who would like to help craft the specifics of each item to
recommend to the legislators as well.

Thank you.
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Federal Legislation to Ensure Election Outcome Integrity & Voter Access

   1. Require independent, transparent, verifiable, sufficient,
   scientific manual audits of all machine vote counts in federal elections to
   ensure that electronic election outcomes are correct! (I can list what each
   of these adjectives require), and
   2. Require routine independent, transparent, verifiable reports and
   analysis of machine allocation, equipment failure and breakdown, undervote,
   overvote, and uncounted ballot rates, absentee and provisional ballot &
   voter registration handling, and other crucial measures of voter service,
   and
   3. Provide funds for upgrading voting systems for jurisdictions that
   have un-auditable voting systems, but only fund "fully-auditable" voting
   systems where all non-disabled voters directly record their own votes, so
   that the paper record of votes has been verified by voters (because
   electronic ballot systems with ballot printers remove voters from ballot
   creation and thus can be programmed to introduce errors that voters may not
   notice and which will subvert manual audits. The more the voter is removed
   from the process of casting the ballot, the more opportunity there is for
   error and fraud to occur on electronically created paper records). (Since
   almost all jurisdictions already use optical scan paper ballot systems for
   mail-in votes, most states could use these paper ballots immediately in the
   polls, so this only requires minimal federal funding for inexpensive systems
   for the disabled to vote privately and unassisted using ballot printing
   systems like telephone systems, voter assist devices like vote-PAD, or
   ballot printing devices like the AutoMARK)
   4. Provide funds for conducting manual, independent, transparent,
   verifiable, sufficient, scientific audits of machine vote counts and voter
   services in all federal elections.
   5. Teeth only certify Presidential electors and swear in
   Congressional members from states that have conducted election audits as
   required transparently, verifiably, sufficiently, independently, and
   scientifically
   6. Require election officials to make publicly available all election
   records that would reveal fraud or mistakes in federal elections, and
   7. Create a new reporting system and database for logging and publicly
   displaying and tabulating complaints of voters in federal elections (GAO
   create) and for publicly posting all auditable reports and audit reports
   required under this legislation, and
   8. Require state election officials to send all auditable and audit
   reports to the US GAO and require the US GAO to collect and publicly make
   available the detailed election data required for verifiable election
   audits, and
   9. Mandate publicly disclosed software (all software including
   boot-loader, drivers, operating systems, voting programs, etc.) for all
   voting systems as long as the rights needed under Copyright law (17 USC 106)
   by evaluators are granted
   10. Outlaw any network connections to, and or wireless capability in,
   voting equipment and prohibit voting through any network connection or by
   faxing ballots to any office other than the local election office.
   11. Require qualified credentialed persons to staff the EAC's
   technical guideline development committee who have Ph.D.'s in computer
   engineering. (The current "experience" only requirement is analogous to
   hiring doctors who did not go to medical school or attorneys who did not
   pass the bar!)
   12. Require jurisdictions to allow non-partisan citizens to observe
   close-up or by verifiable, transparent close-up video, all aspects of
   elections: such as the real pre-election testing (not just the demos), the
   polls, the transfer of ballots to the central office, the tallying of the
   votes, manual audits, and any post-election testing. This requirement should
   include language that requires jurisdictions to allow genuine observation,
   not just presence in the room.
   13. Require a qualified degreed subcommittee of the U.S. EAC or of the
   U.S. GAO, the Vote Count Audit and Recount Committee, with PhD
   statisticians, mathematicians, computer scientists, and MS or MA degreed
   election integrity activists, gaming experts, and non-voting election
   officials whose functions include approving state election audit and recount
   procedures and policies for federal elections.

Note: The details are very crucial and it is critical to consult with
experts in each area for the precise wording of legislation, and not to
believe anything that voting vendor lobbyists claim without independent
verification by experts.

List of experts for each numbered recommendation above follows:

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Thanks. Any help on this before Tuesday is highly appreciated. Please
recommend some experts in each of the 13 items above.

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