Re: Donation plan? and more

From: Ed Kennedy <ekennedyx_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Sat Oct 30 2004 - 23:19:26 CDT

Hello Kathy:

    Hopefully this isn't redundant. There seems to have been an explosion
of email over the last few days (I've got 120 message to read after this).
My I add your concept paper and your web site to the OVC Wiki?

Thanks, Ed Kennedy

----- Original Message -----
From: "Kathy Dopp" <kathy@directell.com>
To: <voting-project@lists.sonic.net>
Sent: Wednesday, October 27, 2004 10:26 AM
Subject: Re: [voting-project] Donation plan? and more

>
> Arthur Keller said:
>
>>>
>>>I've been breaking my neck here in Utah (which has not bought any
>>> voting equipment for HAVA yet and has a June 2006 HAVA deadline) to
>>> obtain an opportunity for OVC to deploy a state-wide system in a
>>> Republican-led state, and thus lead America to use open source voting
>>> systems with a well-designed VVPB that is op-scan-able.
>>
>> I think there is still a possibility, but we probably have to scale
>> back what we're planning to do to make sure we achieve something in the
>> requisite timeframe.
>>
>> The OVC board will meet on November 11th and (1) develop a plan of
>> action for development,
>
> Arthur and Everyone,
>
> Please consider making Utah a top priority at OVC's board meeting because
> both incoming Lt. Governor candidates here are against what the current
> Utah Election Office has been doing (selecting DRE machines), and will
> most likely restart the voting equipment RFP process in January. IFF we
> can submit a proposal here by December to the Lt. Governor elect, we have
> a good chance of its being funded with HAVA funds and beginning in January
> IMO.
>
> Getting an OVC system state-wide in a Republican state like Utah would
> cause an explosion of interest in open source systems with a VVPB that is
> op-scan-able, and enable OVC to really get off the ground.
>
> I need help from OVC in several respects to accomplish this in Utah
> though:
>
> 1. help selling the idea to find a Utah PI (principal investigator - PhD
> computer scientist in Utah. I need a sales pitch that includes mentioning
> all the great computer scientists that the Utah PI will have an
> opportunity to work with, the money that will be available, how easy it
> will be, a chance to save democracy, or whatever....
>
> 2. help writing a proposal for Utah's RD&D (research, development, and
> deployment) of an OVC system. Utah's Election Director asked us to submit
> a proposal in August (after seeing our concept for proposal
> http://utahcountvotes.org/UVES_concept.pdf ! IMO, we need to submit a
> proposal by December latest to the Lt. Governor Elect and the Election
> Office, so that the work can be funded and begin in January.
>
> The PI and proposal are the biggest obstacles we have now in Utah IMO.
> The county commissioners are on our side after I gave a presentation to
> them in several places in July. The Utah legislators are on our side
> after two hearings on the topic before the Joint Gov Operations Cmte. The
> incoming Lt. Governor candidates are on our side. The Utah Election
> Office has invited us to submit a proposal.
>
> I need OVC's help now to find a PI and get a proposal written and a little
> sales help and Utah is the surprise location where OVC's ideas of an open
> source voting system with two independently programmed and reconciled
> electronic counts and a VVOSPB (voter verifiable op scan-able paper
> ballot) can take off beginning in January.
>
> I have a guest bed (actually two) in my office and an extra bathroom if
> anyone needs a place to rest and can come here to help me with important
> meetings.
>
> Regards,
>
> Kathy
>
>
>
>
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