Re: Donation plan? my sales pitch input

From: Kathy Dopp <kathy_at_directell_dot_com>
Date: Thu Oct 28 2004 - 12:15:54 CDT

Nothing like replying to my own message, but there is something missing in
this sales pitch. Credibility. People need to know that there have been
many PhD computer scientists collaborating on OVC's system from
universities accross America. It needs a sentence and link to the
collaborators that is up-to-date and complete and impressive.

Kathy Dopp said:
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> Subject: OVC Announces Goal of "1111 by 11/11"
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> 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.

-- 
Kathy Dopp
Utah Count Votes
http://UtahCountVotes.org
phone: 435-608-1382
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