Re: Donation plan? my sales pitch input

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Fri Oct 29 2004 - 17:49:46 CDT

A pretty good try, Michael.

My take: it's too long. It's more like an essay than a sales pitch. I
count 441 words v. 268 words for the existing pitch.

During our sales pitch, we definitely don't want to send them wading through
the Help America Vote Act.

I think what you've wrote shows a good comprehension of the situation. It
could be re-worked into an op-ed piece (beef it up for that) or a letter to
the editor (scale it down for that).

Alan D.

> 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! 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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