Re: Fwd: Hand count elections

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Tue Nov 13 2007 - 01:12:13 CST

Re: [OVC-discuss] Fwd: Hand count elections
Doug Kellner wrote:

> I am not sure why everyone is spending so much
> effort discussing how to count paper ballots. It
> is simply a matter of organization and logistics
> that many boards of elections have been dealing
> with for years.
We could really use some help convincing San Francisco officials that
hand-counting is not so bad (or even a GOOD thing). Our position has been
to encourage them to stand firm on purchasing an open source voting system.
If no vendor has an open and certified system available when they need it,
go to a hand count. Officials seem horrified at the prospect of hand
counting, and the media is helping to fan the flames.

There is increasing pressure to go with the Sequoia contract, which we
helped forestall earlier this year. It doesn't help that ES&S continues to
be a problem for them.

We met with Aaron Peskin (president of the SF Board of Supervisors) last
week. He suggested we meet with John Arntz, Direct of Elections. We had
that meeting today. I don't know what's going to happen, but I think it's
fair to say that if they don't have a new system in place for NOV 2008 and
have to hand-count, many would considered it a failure -- given the current
attitudes of the Arntz, Mayor Newsome, and the media.

To all the hand-count advocates: SF is a good test case. Let them know
they can do it.

Alan D.

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