Promote the donation campaign?

From: Popkin, Laird (WMG Corp) <"Popkin,>
Date: Wed Oct 27 2004 - 15:06:32 CDT

I'd like to propose that we send the following email out to as many lists as
possible. Of course, I'm not a marketing person, so if someone wants to jump
in and make it better, I'd be thrilled! :-)

Subject: OVC Announces Goal of "1111 by 11/11"

On November 2, tens of millions of invisible ballots will be counted that
were created with secret software. Nine out of ten computer scientists say
we should not trust democracy with these voting machines (called Direct
Record Electronic or "DRE"). They have some advantages like ease of use, no
need for a pre-printed ballot, the ability accommodate voters with
disabilities, easy to handle multiple languages, and so on. But what
evidence is there that your vote was handled correctly? Ask for a recount
and they'll push a button and get the same number.

Election officials say, "trust us." But why should you? What if you could
print out your completed ballot on-the-spot in the voting booth using an
inexpensive computerized machine that has all the advantages of the
paperless ones? Major newspapers from coast-to-coast have endorsed the
concept of public software and paper ballots that the Open Voting Consortium
(OVC) is promoting. The San Jose Mercury news called the OVC system the
"Holy Grail." [ link ]

We can make available a more secure voting system that has all of the
advantages of touchscreen voting, but produces a printed ballot and has all
components publicly inspectable. Institutions are supporting business as
usual. We need your help now. It will take on-going support over the next
two years. A thousand or so supporting memberships at $10 per month will
ensure a good start. Our immediate goal is 1111 memberships by 11/11. Please
join us today to secure democracy for the future!

Join: Become an OVC Supporting Member for $10 a month.

The Open Voting Consortium is designed as a 501(c)(6) organization, which
means that donations are not tax deductible. You will be contributing to
securing the democratic process for future generations.

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