Update [2005-6-21 11:29:49 by DC Pol Sci]: You want to know the *real* kicker? *Dodd* is against a voter-verified paper audit trail. Why? Well, he wrote what became HAVA, and he says that it's not necessary; that HAVA itself requires enough accountability. Guess ol' Chris is committed to our being in the minority for the foreseeable future...
Senator John Ensign (R-NV)
Mr. James C. Dickson
Vice President for Government Affairs
American Association of People with Disabilities
Professor David L. Dill
Department of Computer Science
Ms. Conny McCormack
Registrar Recorder, County Clerk
Los Angeles County
Professor Ted Selker
MIT Media Lab
Caltech/MIT Voter Technology Project
Here is the link to the hearing notice:
Here is a summary of what I've been able to learn:
Ensign will testify FOR a paper trail.
Selker will testify that paper trails are just as subject to hacking as "audio" trails, which just tell the voter how s/he voted.
Dill will testify FOR a paper trail.
McCormack will testify AGAINST a paper trail.
Here's the kicker. The room is full of the visually and hearing impaired. Dickson, from the American Association of People with Disabilities, will testify AGAINST verified voting. Why? He claims that any attempt to "tamper" with the provisions of the Help America Vote Act will hurt the disabled. From his testimony: "The disability and civil rights communities oppose opening up HAVA for any amendments."
WHICH civil rights community?!? Certainly not the ones who advocate every vote counting....
Showtime. I've got to get to work. Trent Lott is about to bang the gavel. Dayton and Dodd are here from our side. Update [2005-6-21 13:49:11 by DC Pol Sci]: Pictures, as promised...
Dodd and Lott on the dais
Dayton weighs in...the one Senator in the hearing who was unambiguously on our side:
The first panel was John Ensign all by himself. The Treo has a horrible camera, and the picture wasn't good enough to post. This is the second panel:
From left to right: Conny McCormack, James Dickson, David Dill, Ted Selker.