Re: Fwd: Hand count elections

From: Teresa Hommel <tahommel_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Tue Nov 27 2007 - 08:48:40 CST

Re Alan's statement below "To all the hand-count advocates: SF is a good test case. Let them know they can do it."

Get your local SF citizens to call and ask for the board of elections to take their names to be called to work as counters.

Hold a press event, present a list of "volunteer counters" to the appropriate guy, and make a public call to citizens to contact you/the board of elections to be counters.

I sent an email to my contacts in SF and urged them to do this.

Teresa

Alan Dechert wrote:

>Re: [OVC-discuss] Fwd: Hand count elections
>Doug Kellner wrote:
>
>
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>>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.
>http://www.votetrustusa.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2635&Itemid=51
>
>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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