RE: FAQ # 8

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Fri Dec 12 2003 - 22:13:52 CST

It may make sense to have vendors on the board that agree to the
tenets of the Open Voting Consortium. However, vendors of
"traditional" closed source, proprietary DREs will likely not agree
to those tenets. And unless they do, I would not want any of them on
the board.


At 5:32 PM -0500 12/12/03, Popkin, Laird (WMG Corp) wrote:
>This is just one person's opinion, but I like the idea that we have
>a few hardware vendors on the board.
>-----Original Message-----
>Behalf Of Alan
>Sent: Wednesday, December 10, 2003 9:29 PM
>Subject: Re: [voting-project] FAQ # 8
>RE: [voting-project] FAQ # 8
> > The 'history' page looks like it has a lot of the right info, but an
>'about us'
>> would be much more powerful in terms of showing off the credibility of
>> the team. .....
>I agree.
> > In terms of the membership containing vendors, I believe that it adds
>> credibility (because there are real companies in the business of
>> providing systems and support), so long as there are more "users"
>> than "vendors".
>Absolutely. But the place where I was questioning having vendors was on the
>Board of Directors. We'll have to think carefully about how certain
>decisions the Board takes might benefit one company over another.
>Obviously, this situation has been dealt with successfully in the past with
>other consortia so it should be possible. I'm just saying there are some
>tricky issues to consider.
>As for members, of course we want vendors. Largely, we will be growing our
>own crop of election vendors. But it's also possible that our software
>could work with some existing systems already out there (maybe with slight
>modification). So I wouldn't rule out having some existing vendors as
>members but I think that's down the road a ways (like waaaay down the road).
>Alan D.

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