Re: ES&S maintence costs skyrocket

From: Arlene Montemarano <mikarl_at_starpower_dot_net>
Date: Tue Nov 13 2007 - 20:45:35 CST

Indeed it does. Thanks for taking the time to provide this detailed
summary of what you are up against. It is those "last minute" villains
that bedevil us too in Maryland.

Ginny Ross wrote:
> Arlene Montemarano wrote:
>> Ginny, would you please tell me the position that the Oregon Voter
>> Rights Coalition takes? I read your website and found it very
>> informative, (especially about the EAC report), but I am not clear on
>> exactly what system your group advocates for.
>>
>> Thanks.
>
> Hi Arlene,
>
> Well in a nutshell, Oregon is a 100% optical scan state using (mostly)
> central count ES&S machines (M650's). We have advocated for a
> scientific statewide random sample hand count verification of all
> statewide races. Our legislative effort went well at first but our
> bill was gut and stuffed at the last minute. Now we have a worse than
> nothing "random sample of precincts" method along the lines of the
> Holt bill. We could not stop it from being rubber stamped right
> through into law. We will try to publish more info about this effort
> soon. As for software, etc. we would like to launch an open source
> effort here in Oregon, but our first priority was to get a
> verification law in place, so we are still at step one. But even
> with open source (some day) we believe a mandatory verification of the
> result to within a 1% margin of error is still essential. I hope this
> helps.
>
> Thanks,
> Ginny Ross
> Oregon VRC
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