Dear Friends of Open Voting:
As president of Open Voting Consortium, my job is to sell OPEN VOTING. What is it? And how do we get it?
The past eight days have been a great opportunity to get our message across to an important audience -- public officials at the state and federal level. I returned late last night (this morning, actually) from Minnesota after a meeting with Secretary of State Elect Mark Ritchie. On Friday, I was in Columbus Ohio for a meeting with Jennifer Brunner -- Secretary of State Elect of Ohio. Monday through Thursday of last week I met with staff members of U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives, as well as staff with the House Science committee and House Administration committee.
I explained to them that we will know we have OPEN VOTING when all voting technology and procedures are fully open to public scrutiny in a regular and systematic way -- no need to do public record requests or steal computer programming codes. If you want to have any of this information, it's yours instantly and free of charge. OPEN VOTING also means having an easily countable (and/or recountable) paper ballot. I explained the necessary steps to get there.
We still have a lot of work to do, but what a difference since Election Day! Our audiences are far more receptive than ever. This trip represents a quantum leap forward for OPEN VOTING.
Besides state and federal officials, we need to sell local officials as well as all our non-governmental target communities. More presentations are planned.
Without your help, there is no way I could even imagine doing such a thing. Thanks to all of you for your support and encouragement.