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Subject: RE: [election-services] EML : USA INTEROP DEMO


I'd come to the conclusion that, for whatever reasons, the NASED organizers had decided this was not something they are keen on promoting at this time.

Americans have this funny way of just ignoring you rather than just saying "no thanks"!

It's of course lamentable that they do not see the urgent need for standards in voting systems - or maybe they do - and just don't want to throw the spotlight on this at this moment in time.

Either way - I'm sure better opportunities will emerge to get our message across in 2008 - almost a certainty I'd wager!!!


> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: [election-services] EML :  USA INTEROP DEMO
> From: John Borras <johnaborras@yahoo.co.uk>
> Date: Mon, December 31, 2007 4:23 am
> To: EML TC <election-services@lists.oasis-open.org>,  Lori Steele
> <lori@everyonecounts.com>,  Dee Schur <dee.schur@oasis-open.org>
> Cc: Stuart Harrington <stuart.harrington@justice.gsi.gov.uk>
> Despite the valiant efforts of Dee we still have had no response from the NASED conference organisers to our request to run the Demo at their event.  So we are reaching a crunch point when we will need to decide what to do, not least because most of us will have  flights and hotels to book.  I have provisionally set a telecon to discuss all this next Friday 4th Jan but it would be useful to get some early thoughts from you before then if possible.  Depending on views we can go ahead with the telecon or cancel it.
> Just to remind you all, NASS (Nat Assoc of State Senators) and NASED (Nat Assoc of State Election Directors) hold a joint event but run separate conferences.  Delegates intermingle between sessions and there is a joint session on the last day.  NASS have a demo area and have offered us a slot there to run the Demo but no conference presentation time.  NASED have not offered anything, yet.
> It seems to me we have the following options:
> 1.  Abandon the demo at this event and look for other opportunities.  Both groups have summer conferences so we could postpone until then or look for other opportunities in the Spring.
> 2.  Go ahead with the NASS offering albeit it's not the best group of delegates to attract, and hence might not get a lot of interest, although we might get some NASED people drifting in.  Also we would not be able to present the results to the conference but can post them on websites afterwards.
> 3.  Forget the whole idea.
> Dee no doubt will continue to press NASED but she must give them an ultimatum very soon.
> I've given you my opinions on this demo in previous e-mails, ie we need maximum  preparation time and commitment for this one in view of the complexities required.  I do not believe we should cut corners and do a last minute rush job.  So if we cannot do the proper planning and preparation then we should not go ahead.
> Your views on all of this would be appreciated and also whether the telecon on Friday is necessary.
> Wishing you all a very happy and successful New Year.
> Regards
> John 
> M. +44 (0)7976 157745
> Skype: gov3john
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