Re: Donation plan? my sales pitch input

From: Michael Hay <michael_dot_hay_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Thu Oct 28 2004 - 22:55:38 CDT


Okay, I took some pretty great liberties on the pitch. My thought was
that we should have something that would be a little bit fun.

I've donned my asbestos, so you can flame away. I'm open to make
sweeping changes in what's here or nothing at all.

FYI - I'm generally a crappy speller, so I'll take any blame thrown my
way for this. I figured that a spell-checker would be used later.

Subject: OVC Announces Goal of "1111 by 11/11"
Imagine the day after the US Presidential elections one candidate
wins, loses, and then wins again. Ballots are counted and recounted,
chads are scrutinized, and finally the US Supreme Court seems to force
the issue extinguishing the voting power of thousands of US Citizens.

As we all know this scene need not be imagined. During the 2000 US
Presidential elections, this exact scene played itself out in Florida.
 The result, a Federal act passed in 2002 called HAVA or the "Help
America Vote Act" []. Part of its
intent can be understood from the Act's first sentence: "To establish
a program to provide funds to States to replace punch card voting

HAVA's spirit was meant to prevent the now famous "Hanging Chads", but
in practice while the Chads are gone, the potential for boundless
controversy and confusion looms large in the 2004 US Presidential
Election. But why? The moneys made available, from HAVA, have been
spent on proprietary voting systems, whose processes are unknown,
workings are secret, and security largely untested. In an odd twist
of fate these systems, with secret workings, may make the "Hanging
Chad" more open, transparent, and well more democratic! The
reasoning: ordinary citizens get receipts linked to their ballots and
the overall process is transparent enough for most people to
understand--at least the part up to the Electoral College.

What can be done? Fortunately, a group of electronic patriots have
organized to develop and provide a real alternative, The Open Voting
Consortium (OVC) [link]. They have asked the question: "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
secret proprietary voting systems but without the secrecy? Major
newspapers from coast-to-coast have endorsed the concept of open
voting systems and paper ballots that the OVC is developing and
promoting. The San Jose Mercury news called the OVC system the "Holy
Grail." [ link ]

OVC is working on an open and secure voting system that produces a
printed ballot that is verifiable, even by disabled voters. All
components, including software, will be publicly inspectable. To do
this the 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.

Michael C. Hay
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