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

From: Fred McLain <mclain_at_zipcon_dot_net>
Date: Sun Oct 28 2007 - 01:41:50 CDT

I spoke directly with Kathy the evening this occurred. In my opinion
her report accurately represents what she experienced. I see no
valid reason to dispute it.

        -Fred-

On Oct 27, 2007, at 5:01 PM, Nancy Tobi wrote:

> 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, 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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