PFAW now using new boilerplate to answer emails

—– Forwarded Message —-
From: capitolhill
To: katie hickox
Sent: Thursday, April 12, 2007 11:43:23 AM
Subject: RE: [MCM] A strong letter to PFAW
Thank you for following up with us. Hearing your concerns has been helpful, and I have already shared them with our staff.
While many major civil rights and voting rights organizations, progressive advocacy organizations, and voting technology experts support H.R. 811, some similar groups and individuals have a different take. Ultimately, people of good will sometimes disagree. In this case, substantive policy differences and differing interpretations of the legislation are the reason.
To be clear, People For the American Way and People For the American Way Foundation support H.R. 811 because our voting rights and legislative policy experts have determined that it is likely to diminish voting machine problems and make elections safer and more secure. The bill is not perfect (and may still change as it moves through the legislative process), but we and the bill’s many supporters believe that H.R. 811 would lead to major improvements over the status quo. We also believe that due to legislative and political realities, changing the bill to add a total, permanent ban on DREs, as some have advocated, would make it impossible to pass, and could spell the end to any hope of election reform on the federal level this year. Such a ban is opposed by groups representing voters with disabilities and minority language voters due to concerns that it would diminish accessibility. For a fuller explanation of our position on H.R. 811, I encourage you to read a recent Huffington Post column by our president, Ralph G. Neas. You can read that column here.
People For the American Way and People For the American Way Foundation believe that when we disagree with allies, it is important to remember what we have in common – in this case, the desire to defend democracy and protect the right to vote. Despite occasional policy disagreements, we’re still on the same team, and our disagreements need not become a fight. It is in this spirit that we will continue our work to protect voters and pass H.R. 811.
We appreciate you taking the time to contact us and welcome your input in the future.
Jen Herrick
People For the American Way and People For the American Way Foundation

From: katie hickox
Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2007 4:40 PM
To: capitolhill
Subject: Fw: [MCM] A strong letter to PFAW
thanks for the fast email reply.
I fear the PFAW has made up its mind on the HOLT bill, that it is “better than nothing” but I disagree. It is worse than nothing because it perpetuates the problem: faulty, easily hacked electronic voting technology.
Please review the forwarded letter below where a lawyer makes the argument that arguing that supporting some electronic voting machine technology is similar to supporting some second hand smoke.
he picks apart your FAQ’s.
Have you read any of the books documenting election fraud of 2000 and 2004? I would be happy to buy PFAW 10 or so books of Mark Crispin Miller’s “fooled again : how the right stole the election in 2004”. Let me know if you would like to take me up on my offer or setup some meetings with election activists who can better explain why they are so against the HOLT bill.
See below for more information.

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