Re: Announcement Draft v.003

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Thu Aug 07 2003 - 17:55:19 CDT

Need to add email contact info and a statement to say whether they
want to help or be kept informed. I can set up one or more email
boxes at if you want to filter such requests there.

Otherwise, fine with me.


At 2:51 PM -0700 8/7/03, Alan Dechert wrote:
>I made a few edits and additions. Please have a look. If there are no more
>comments, this will be sent out later today.
>Free Open Voting Machine? Silicon Valley Computer Scientists Team Up to
>Demonstrate One
>Scientists and engineers from the Silicon Valley have started a project
>aimed at developing a PC based voting machine they claim will be easier to
>use, more tamper-resistant, and cheaper than commercially available voting
>Computerized voting offers many advantages over traditional systems,
>- The ability to easily handle multiple languages,
>- Meeting the needs of voters with disabilities,
>- Eliminates problems such as overvoting and other voter intent issues.
>High quality refurbished PC's that are only one generation old exist in
>great abundance and have more than enough power to make great voting
>machines. 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 current open source software development 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.
>Other volunteers include Dr. David Mertz of Massachusetts, a well-known
>writer on computer programming issues, who 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.
>Jay Tefertiller, Ben Strednak, and Steve Gardner of ISIS Technology
>(Oklahoma City) are developing the non-proprietary hardware design, and
>working on establishing a trade association, tentatively called the "Open
>Voting Consortium," that will establish and maintain high standards for the
>open voting hardware.
>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. Developers
>want to demonstrate a voting system where all components are open for public
>inspection and debate. Consistent with this idea, all aspects of the
>development of the software are open to the public also. The direct URL for
>the project is at,
>The demonstration standalone voting machines will be set up at strategic
>locations, for example, in the Silicon Valley area and Sacramento. A web
>based version will also be available so that anyone with Internet access can
>try out the look and feel of the system.
>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, affordable, uniform, and
>fully auditable voting system. While designed to be certified in the United
>States first, it will be built from the ground up as an international voting
>machine. The larger study will include not only the development of voting
>machine software, but all software necessary for election administration,
>and an Election Rules Database that will document all election rules in
>effect in all jurisdictions in the United States.
>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
>4700 Allegretto Way
>Granite Bay, CA 95746

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