Re: Fwd: Hand count elections

From: Brent Turner <brent_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Tue Nov 27 2007 - 09:15:14 CST

Teresa- Have you analyzed the Instant Run off / Rank Choice / FairVote
aspect- ? I'd like to know how the math works- Volunteer hours etc - BT

 

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From: Teresa Hommel [mailto:tahommel@earthlink.net]
Sent: Tuesday, November 27, 2007 6:49 AM
To: Open Voting Consortium discussion list
Subject: Re: [OVC-discuss] Fwd: Hand count elections

 

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:
 
  

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
<http://www.votetrustusa.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2635&
Itemid=51> &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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