Re: FAQ #1

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Tue Dec 02 2003 - 22:01:45 CST

FAQ #1Laird,

> The first FAQ question is:
> "I notice that you have participants from Europe, India, etc.
> Why would anyone outside the U.S. be so interested in helping to
> improve the voting system in the United States of America?"
>
> Thoughts?
>
Thanks for asking. This question is a bit loaded and I think some aspects
may be more-than-obvious. But I would like to advance at least two aspects:

1) The OVC is being set up from the outset as an International Consortium.
We seek to produce a universal inexpensive voting machine that could work
with any language and any scoring method in use any where in the world.
Democracy has to be affordable. So, even though our intitial market will be
in the U.S., our system should be available for use in other countries as
well.

2) Many around the world are concerned about the 2000 failure of the US
voting system.

In addition, programmers from all over the world are always interested in
interesting problems to solve. Creating a valid voting system is an
interesting problems. I would like to hear from some of our international
contributors to see what they have to say about this.

Alan D.
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