Re: Text of New York Times blurb

From: charlie strauss <cems_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Fri Apr 02 2004 - 16:00:23 CST

Hi, about the web-demo mentioned in the NY times piece, perhaps this is known already but the onscreen printout of the final barcoded ballot does not look right.

I just tried the on line demo and pdf-printed out my ballot. The pdf I got had a large black and white draped american flag covering the top third of the page obscuring most of my ballot choices. I was viewing this using pdf-viewer on a macintosh.

Congratulalions on the demo and on making security an issue.

By the way tommorrow I'm one of the featured panelists on annual ACLU member meeting in New Mexico. I hope to raise their level of consciousness; its been almost a non-issue in the state. I face the elections officer from the Secretary of States office who opposes Verified Voting. NM could become a critical state for this issue because the SOS is president elect of the national secretaries of state and thus will frame the debate nationally.

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From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Sent: Apr 2, 2004 2:35 PM
Subject: [voting-project] Text of New York Times blurb

Here is the text of the blurb that was in the NYT yesterday. Note the
slight error: "...verify their choices on a paper ballot after casting
their votes...."

The New York Times
Apr 1, 2004

Technology Briefing Software: Voting Software To Be Demonstrated

A group that criticizes the current crop of privately developed
electronic voting machines as hacker prone and mysterious will
demonstrate free software today in San Jose, Calif., that it says will
make elections more secure and accountable. The Open Voting Consortium
produced the software, which runs on most computers of recent vintage
and incorporates a system that allows voters to verify their choices on
a paper ballot after casting their votes -- a feature not found in most
touch-screen voting systems on the market. A simulation of the system
is at "It's the open alternative to the
'black box'" systems currently in use, said Alan Dechert, president of
the group of volunteer computer engineers and scientists from around the
world who contributed to the effort.

John Schwartz (NYT)
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