Re: Re: Emergency Measures To Protect The 2004 Vote Count (EM2004)

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Mon Sep 06 2004 - 18:52:45 CDT

Ellen,

> I know it is a big hurdle, but the more people I talk to about it, the
more
> it sounds like it's not the tremendous hurdle it seems like at first.
>
It's some extra work and extra expense. Not a huge amount, but that
presents a hurdle still--this is a world where there's tremendous
competition for our time and money.

In a phone conversation, you pointed out that only DREs would be subject to
changes in voting procedures. I think we agree that DREs would need to be
re-programmed to suppress the federal contests. I haven't heard about how
that will be done and by what date (as simple as it may be, mistakes are
possible and they all have to be checked).

By far the larger hurdle is selling the idea. Before going much further, I
think you should set some go/no-go milestone dates. You have to sell some
major Republicans on this at a point in time they tend to think DREs with
secret software are just fine.

The case in FL a month or so ago may be instructive. Some Republicans were
concerned enough about DREs to call for voters ordering absentee ballots.
As soon as major Republican leaders got wind of it, they killed the
campaign.

http://gnosis.python-hosting.com/voting-project/August.2004/0000.html

I certainly am not one to discourage someone because what they're trying to
do is a long shot! You think it's a good idea and some people are agreeing
with you. I'd say go for it, and you'll need to line up major support in
the next couple of weeks.

I encourage you to drop the thing if you reach a point, say, in early Oct
where it becomes evident there is no way this act of congress can be passed
in time. Unless your proposal becomes federal law, I can't see many states
going along--and certainly not some of the major swing states like Florida
(and given the Gov Jeb Bush is W's brother, the hurdle to acceptance looks
more like a brick wall).

If your purpose is really to "avoid a national crisis in November," this
goal will not be served by getting a few states to go along with the
proposal.

Standard Disclaimer: This is my opinion, not the necessarily the position of
the OVC.

Alan D.
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