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

From: Nancy Tobi <nancy_dot_tobi_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Sat Oct 27 2007 - 19:01:21 CDT

I would love to see independent verification of this "report" - which is
generated by Dopp.

On 10/27/07, ca.voteraction@sbcglobal.net <ca.voteraction@sbcglobal.net>
wrote:
>
> 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
> ------------------------------
>
> 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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