Re: Donation plan? my sales pitch input

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Fri Oct 29 2004 - 10:05:24 CDT

At 8:55 PM -0700 10/28/04, Michael Hay wrote:
>All--
>
>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" [http://www.fec.gov/hava/hava.htm]. 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
>systems,..."
>
>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!

I think the following sentence is confused about the "receipts" part.
You get a ballot stub.

>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 had an easy-to-use computerized interface that printed a
completed ballot on-the-spot, so that the voter could inspect the
printed ballot and place it in a traditional ballot box?

>"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

News (capitalized)

> called the OVC system the

"Touch Screen Holy Grail"

>"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

HELP --- will HELP ensure. $10,000 won't ACTUALLY ENSURE OVC's success.

>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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>Michael C. Hay

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