Re: The suppression of Kathy Dopp by the Post-Election Audit organizers

From: <ca_dot_voteraction_at_sbcglobal_dot_net>
Date: Sat Oct 27 2007 - 18:52:44 CDT

I am forwarding this note circulated by Stephanie Singer.

I have read the referenced report. I find it credible, and the actions
of the conference organizers, the hotel, and the local police, deplorable.

Decide for yourselves, but I think this is a serious violation of civil
rights, not to mention, a travesty of professed academic and
intellectual honesty.

This is my personal opinion.

--Dan Ashby
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According to a report submitted to the Bloomington, MN, police
department
<http://electionarchive.net/docs_pdf/info/US/AuditingSummitPoliceComplaint.pdf>,
mathematician Kathy Dopp was evicted from the hotel hosting the 2007
Post Election Audit Summit on October 26, 2007. The Summit was sponsored
by the following organizations:

    * The American Statistical Association
    * Verified Voting Foundation
    * The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law
    * Common Cause
    * Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota
    * The Florida Voters Coalition

Dopp was attempting to distribute copies of her mathematical analysis of
election audits, and was attempting to speak with some conference
attendees. Although this does not constitute "soliciting", the hotel
claimed that she was in fact soliciting.

Perhaps dissemination of Kathy Dopp's own work on election integrity and
the mathematics of auditing somehow felt threatening to the conference
organizers. But expression of ideas should be protected in America, not
supressed. In these times of waning public confidence in elections,
election officials and decision-makers should learn from scientists and
mathematicians, who understand that free dissent within a community
strengthens the community and leads to better results. More
fundamentally, it's a first amendment issue.

For more information, please contact Kathy Dopp (kathy@uscountvotes.org).

Here are some actions you might take in support of Kathy Dopp and first
amendment rights. Please do one or more:

    * Contact one of the sponsoring organizations to complain of her
      treatment. If you are member of one of them, identify yourself as
      such.
    * Call the Embassy Suites hotel in Bloomington MN to complain:
      952-884-4811. Or call headquarters for Hilton Hotels (which owns
      Embassy Suites): 310-278-4321.
    * Forward this message to friends in the Minneapolis area, and to
      any reporters you know.
    * If you know, or are a constituent of, any elected official whose
      district includes Bloomington, ask them to investigate.

      As always, thanks for paying attention!

      Sincerely,

      Stephanie Singer

-- 
Dan Ashby
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