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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

UPDATE on HR811:


Good news. The Washington Post published my letter to the editor
today. Thank you to all who asked the Post to publish it. I could not
find an online version, so here is a scan someone sent me.

FYI, my local county newspaper published a story about my lawsuit to
establish public access to election records. Can you believe the
Summit County, Utah Attorney claims that if the public were allowed to
look at the poll books and know what the polling location vote counts
on each DRE machine were - that would enable the public to tamper with
the votes!
The vote has been postponed to the week of Sept. 17th.

According to the National Association of Counties (NACo) Action Alert,
we only have a few days to convince our Representatives to vote "YES"
on HR811 and to vote "NO" on the unfunded mandate amendment to keep
the 2008 deadlines for manual election auditing in tact. Weigh in by
this Friday, September 14!! Keep calling and faxing your members of
Congress. Your member of Congress has been asked to let leadership
know how they intend to vote by Tuesday at 4 p.m. We MUST get our
response to Members of Congress by Monday at the latest!

Every House member will receive a copy of NACo's anti-HR811 flier

So I will try to have a one-page flier ready to go by tomorrow to
rebut it. If any of you can spare the time to help craft our flier,
or either fax copies of our position and response (when it is done) to
all the House members or distribute copies in person in DC by next
Monday, please plan on devoting some time tomorrow, Friday, and

Thank you.


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"Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have
acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the
silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made
it possible for evil to triumph" Haile Selassie


Kathy Dopp
Executive Director, National Election Data Archive


  • At 5:29 PM, Blogger TripleJ said…

    Interestingly, we ran a test vote electronically not so long ago within a group.

    We did issue vote receipts in the following format.

    1) First each voter was issued a random code that he had to use for voting. A vote was only accepted from those codes.
    2) At the end of the poll, the results were published, so each voter can verify that the vote attached to the code they had been issued was indeed the correct one.

    Strangely enough, this seemed to satisfy very few people in the group, all sorts of claims were made saying:

    a) Several people could have been issued the same code - True but how could we know to whom the duplicate code number could be issued before hand and ensure all those would vote identically, or else one at least would complain his/her vote was fraudulent.

    b) The total number of codes matched the group membership, but some people doubted the group membership was genuine and could have been stuffed with virtual people for the purpose of voting.

    I guess the same could be applied nation wide to the USA (or Australia where I reside) again the list of voters is known and the same process could be applied. Publishing the results in this fashion doesn't violate anonymity and lets everyone carry out the checking (or at least gives them the possibility of doing so).

    Remains the problem of vote buying, but I can't see what can be done about that, apart from keeping it illegal. With cameras becoming smaller and smaller, how hard is it to place a camera on someone and filming how he actually fills his ballot paper before dropping it in the urn. The problem exists both for present paper and future electronic voting schemes.

    Just my two bob's worth!


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