Re: Promote the donation campaign?

From: Teresa Hommel <tahommel_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Thu Oct 28 2004 - 08:35:17 CDT

BRAVO, this is excellent, and here are a few tiny changes.
(Reasons: don't praise DREs. Drop "easy to use" -- it is easier to mark
a paper ballot by pencil by hand than use a DRE)
Teresa Hommel

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

On November 2, tens of millions of invisible ballots created with secret
software might or might not be counted--by additional secret software!
Will those votes be handled correctly? Ask for a recount and someone'll
push a button and get the same number. Thousands of computer scientists
say we should not entrust democracy to these voting machines (called
Direct Record Electronic or "DRE"). Any advantages DREs offer (no need
for a pre-printed ballot, assistance for voters with disabilities or
non-English languages) can be obtained by using computerized
ballot-printing machines that leave people in control of elections.

Vendors and election officials say, "trust us." But why should we? What
if we could print out our completed ballots on-the-spot in the voting
booth using an inexpensive computerized machine with the advantages of
paperless DREs but none of the disadvantages? 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 ]

OVC is working on a secure voting system that serves voters with
disabilities and non-English languages, but produces a printed ballot.
All components including software will be publicly inspectable. But
institutions are supporting business as usual. Who is supporting OVC?
Will you? OVC needs your help now. It will take on-going support over
the next two years to bring the OVC solution to completion. A thousand
or more supporting memberships at $10 per month will ensure OVC's work
can continue. 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.

Popkin, Laird (WMG Corp) wrote:

> 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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