Immediate action for Open Voting

Reply-To: Open Voting Announcements alan@openvotingconsortium.org

I need your help right away. Two things: Please speak up for Open Voting! Letters, emails, faxes, phones calls. The situation is described below. The California Secretary of State could use some encouragement to get going on the report on open source software for elections. We need letters to CA legislators as well as the Secretary of State.

I also need money! We still have matching funds available. With two days left in our pledge drive, we're far behind our goal. Please contribute now. See your contribution doubled immediately!!

If you are a California resident, please write to your Senator, Assemblyperson, as well as Secretary of State Bruce McPherson.

If you are outside of California, I think you can still write effectively. Afterall, Microsoft of Washington state, lobbies in all the states regardless.

The other 4 letters complete the story.

1) SEP 8 letter from Assemblywoman Goldberg to Secretary McPherson urging public hearings.

2) SEP 21 letter from McPherson to Charlene Woodcock says he "will be appointing a task force consisting of experts such as Mr. Dechert to conduct a study of Open Source Code and provide it to the Legislature."

3) SEP 28 letter from Chief of Elections Caren Daniels-Meade to Alan Dechert indicating they have made no decisions on what they will do.

4) OCT 3 letter from me to Secretary McPherson -- he may be facing pressure from industry to sandbag the report.

So, if writing to your senator/assemblymember, a template might look like this

********* Hon. So-and-So Member of the Assembly/Senate Capitol Building Sacramento, CA 95814

Dear Assemblymember/Senator So-and-So:

Last year, the California State Legislature passed Assembly Concurrent Resolution 242, which calls on the Secretary of State to investigate using open source software for elections and issue a report on that by the end of this year.

We agree with Assemblywoman Goldberg's prescription: "meetings in public and treat them like a legislative hearing."

Please let Secretary McPherson know that the report he issues to the Legislature will be much more believable if the information gathered for it is done thoroughly and publicly.

Signed, constituent of So-and-So
******** If to McPherson:

*********** Hon. Bruce McPherson Secretary of State
1500 11th Street Sacramento, CA 95814

RE: ACR 242

Dear Mr. Secretary:

I agree with Assemblywoman Goldberg's prescription: "meetings in public and treat them like a legislative hearing."

I am looking forward to attending PUBLIC HEARINGS regarding the feasibility of using OPEN SOURCE software for election systems.

Please post a schedule as soon as possible.

Signed, constituent


If you are a Californian, please write to all three: your Assemblymember, your Senator, and your Secretary of State.

In passing along this message, please include the attachments so people will know the background.


Click http://openvoting.org and look for the Support OVC! section on the right screen then scroll down to provide a one-time donation or to join as a sustaining member. You can use the PayPal button there (This is the address for PayPal: donation@openvotingconsortium.org )

PayPal is the preferred method. PayPal now allows contributions to be made with a credit card even if you don't have a PayPal account.

You may also use our Amazon account to contribute.

If by check, please send to: Open Voting Consortium
9560 Windrose Lane Granite Bay, CA 95746

Alan Dechert President, Open Voting Consortium http://openvoting.org alan@openvoting.org
9560 Windrose Lane Granite Bay, CA 95746

Informant: John Calvert


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