Re: Donation plan? my sales pitch input

From: Kathy Dopp <kathy_at_directell_dot_com>
Date: Thu Oct 28 2004 - 12:00:23 CDT

OK. Let's shorten the sales pitch a little and rearrange it slightly.

Question: Do all DREs create an actual electronic ballot record nowadays,
or do they simply add votes to running totals?

notes: I've moved the advantages of DREs to the second paragraph to group
positive benefits with mention of OVC which has the further advantage of
eliminating the need for repeating those advantages in the 3rd paragraph.
I removed reference to "over two years" - It is too long a time period and
may scare people off (besides we need something by June 2006 for Utah).
Also a couple of other words removed or changed:
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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 secret software! Ask for a
recount and someone'll push a button and get the same number. The vast
majority of computer scientists say we should not entrust democracy to
these voting machines (called Direct Record Electronic or "DRE").

Will those votes be handled correctly? Vendors and election officials say,
"trust us." But why should we? Any advantages DREs offer can be obtained
by using computerized ballot-printing machines that leave people in
control of elections. 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 (no need for a pre-printed ballot,
assistance for voters with disabilities or non-English languages) 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 produces a printed ballot
that is verifiable, even by disabled voters. 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 to bring the OVC solution to
completion. A thousand supporting memberships at $10 per month will ensure
OVC's success to bring its system to market. 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. [ link ]

The Open Voting Consortium is designed as a 501(c)(6) organization,
which means that donations are not tax deductible.

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