Friday, September 08, 2006

Some notes on the fly

Last Friday I posted a very quick report on the Humboldt Supes' meeting I had just attended. I then promptly left town and haven't been able to post since. Local coverage of that same meeting appeared in the Eureka Reporter, Eureka Times-Standard, and Arcata Eye.

Last night I attended the monthly meeting of the citizens' Election Advisory Committee. Hart InterCivic regional sales manager James R. Suver was there to answer questions about and demo the eSlate. Rebecca S. Bender reports fairly here in today's Eureka Reporter.

Since I'm about to split again I want to drop a string of other quick announcements I might otherwise prefer to expand on.

Next Wednesday, 9/13, I will be speaking to the Progressive Democrats of Sonoma County in Santa Rosa, CA. Check out their press release.

I'll have to make a separate post about this, hopefully on Sunday, but I recently heard from Shauna Wilson, chairperson of the Human Relations Commission in Palo Alto. She shared an updated version of the Voter Confidence Resolution that has again been adopted by the HRC. She also included a letter submitted to the Palo Alto City Council acknowledging the changes made per Council's request. The agenda has not yet been published to confirm, but Shauna expects the Palo Alto City Council will again consider adopting the VCR on 9/18.

The same judicial cowardice displayed in San Diego recently, where the CA-50 lawsuit was dismissed, has now been seen in Nevada. There are concerns about Texas being next and the likelihood that the Constitution is now basically a weapon being used against us.

Has anybody ever told you that you look like a Peaceful revolution is necessary, NOW! ?

Not there yet? Would you say the same if you lived under the rule of someone literally claiming the power of a king?

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I'm glad to see Rebecca Bender's doing good reporting even under her new bosses.

Doesn't anybody else see a major problem with the whole idea of having to transcribe votes onto machine-readable ballots? Technically I suppose it counts as private because the disabled voter's name is not linked to the ballot record. In real life, there are so few voters who will use the eSlate that it will be kind of obvious that Voter X with the red cane or whatever is the one who cast that ballot.

I don't recall what safeguards there are against honest transcription mistakes, let alone willful changing of someone's votes.

Wish I'd been there for the demo, but I had an appointment that ran until 7:30.

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