Re: Critical analysis of VoteHere

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Sat Dec 20 2003 - 13:50:48 CST

Charlie,

> I'll just add that Votehere needed a little attention by OVC because
> the way it it being marketed is as a voter-verified system that also
> allows "counted-as-cast" technology. If this last virtue becomes
> conflated with the present notion of "voter-verified" and enshrined as
> a requirement you can kiss OVC and all paper-ballot system goodbye.
>
I don't think so. VoteHere and OVC don't just represent some technology
where elections people will suddenly decide to accept one or the other.

VoteHere has been out there trying to make a sale for about as long as I
have been out there. As far as I know, they have not made any sales in the
United States. I did notice this announcement about using their technology
for some organizational vote. This is probably an appropriate use their
technology.

http://www.votehere.net/news/archive03/112003.htm

I don't see them making any progress with their system as far as getting it
used in public elections in the U.S.

The OVC is a completely different model -- Non-proprietary technology backed
by a trade association committed to delivering this system.

VoteHere does not compete directly with the OVC -- they're just another
vendor of a proprietary system. As far as I can tell, the OVC has no
competition. We have a clear path. If we hang together and take the
necessary steps, we will be successful.

Alan D.
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