Re: Draft of Annoucement about EVM

From: Adrianne Wang <xinxin_2000_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Wed Aug 06 2003 - 19:26:08 CDT

That is great, I am very excited about this annoucement!


Alan Dechert wrote:

>This is a draft. Please give me your comments ASAP since I plan to send
>this out tomorrow at the latest -- maybe even today.
>It will go to my list of elections people around the country (county and
>state), legislators and their staff members (state and federal), county
>supervisors, academics interested in voting issues, and people in the media
>that have written on voting modernization issues.
>It may or may not result in some newspaper articles, but it will certainly
>set us up for some media coverage when we have the demo running.
>Silicon Valley Computer Scientists Team Up to Demonstrate Free Voting
>Scientists and engineers from the Silicon Valley have started a project
>aimed at developing a PC based voting machine they claim will be better and
>cheaper than commercially available voting machines.
>Computerized voting offers many advantages over traditional systems,
>- The ability to easily handle multiple languages,
>- Meeting the needs of voters with disabilities,
>- And eliminating problems such as overvoting and other voter intent issues.
>PCs that are four to five years old have more than enough power to make
>great voting machines and the exist in great abundance. More than 25
>million such PCs are retired annually in the United States alone. Less than
>10 percent of these discarded PCs would be needed for all the voting booths
>in the U.S.
>The concept has already been demonstrated in Australia where, in 2001, the
>Australian Capital Territory government commissioned the development of open
>source software to run on trailing-edge PCs set up in polling places as
>voting machines.
>The project, known as EVM, includes participants from around the United
>States as well as a few developers from overseas. EVM will differ from the
>Australian system in several ways. Most importantly, the machine will
>include a printer from which a completed paper ballot will be produced. It
>will work with either a touch screen or a regular monitor and mouse.
>The project developer, Alan Dechert, got EVM going with help from Stanford
>computer scientist David Dill, who referred several people to him. Arthur
>Keller, a UC Santa Cruz computer science professor, recruited a former
>student of his, Adrianne Yu Wang of San Jose, to be the Project Lead. Along
>with Ed Cherlin of Cupertino and Jack Walther of Santa Cruz, they chose to
>use the "Python" computer language for development of the demonstration
>system. Douglas W. Jones, a University of Iowa computer science professor
>and world-renowned expert on voting technology, is taking a very active role
>as advisor and mentor.
>Dr. David Mertz of Massachusetts, a well-known writer on computer
>programming issues, has also taken a very active role. Other key people
>include QA Lead Matt Shomphe of Los Angeles, and Lead Developer Anand Pillai
>of Bangalore, India. Van Lindberg (Utah), Skip Montanaro (Illinois), Dennis
>Paull (California), and Matteo Giacomazzi (Italy) are all contributing their
>expertise to the project.
>The EVM project is using the services offered at, the
>world's largest Open Source software development web site, to store source
>code and documentation, track issues, and manage the project. The direct
>URL for the project is at,
>EVM project proponents hope that this successful demonstration project will
>lead to a very large well-funded academic study that will capitalize on
>other efforts to bring about a modern, reliable, and fully auditable voting
>More background information can be found here:
>The target for completion of the demonstration project is mid-October. If
>successful and fully funded, certified ready-to-use software could be
>available in about a year.
>-- Alan Dechert

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