Re: New OVC Directors/Officers

From: Rick Gideon <rick_at_openvoting_dot_org>
Date: Tue Dec 14 2004 - 21:29:47 CST

A big thanks to Arthur and Doug for all of their hard work and guidance
over the past year. Also, congratulations to Laird and David for their
continued involvement with the project and their new titles.


On Tue, 14 Dec 2004, Alan Dechert wrote:

> The OVC was incorporated a year ago almost to the day (DEC 12). I had
> announced my intention to do this 3 months earlier in a somewhat
> agitated message to the voting-project email list.
> After working out the legal details, we were ready with the paperwork
> in early December 2003. Arthur Keller, founder of the voting-project
> email list and co-founder of the demo team was committed to be a
> co-founder of the OVC, Inc.
> We invited Doug Jones to be a co-founder of OVC. We needed him. Doug
> had standing in the elections community -- this was essential for us
> to gain any sort of recognition. Doug was not sure about joining
> since it might introduce confusion about his impartiality relative to
> other voting issues in which he was involved.
> So, we printed two sets of Articles of Incorporation. One with Doug
> on them, and one without. We were set to file the papers one way or
> the other in mid-December. Arthur signed both sets and sent one set
> to Doug. Around Dec 9, Doug agreed to go ahead and sign. To this
> day, I think OVC would have been stillborn if Doug had not signed. We
> absolutely needed a domain expert in order to get any attention at
> all.
> On Dec 30, we had our first board meeting.
> I was the visionary, Arthur provided computer science expertise and
> organizational know-how along with some financial backing, and Doug
> brought his high standing in the world of elections (as well as
> computer science expertise -- especially security).
> We set about to change some minds by putting on a demo of an
> inexpensive voting system based on commodity components, open source
> software, including an accessbile paper ballot for reading impaired
> voters. It was a smashing success! Thanks to many contibutors!
> Doug had committed to see this through for a year. January will mark
> the end of Doug's term as an OVC officer. Arthur will also resign as
> COO/CFO. While this is very sad for me in many ways, it also ushers
> an opportunity for a new beginning.
> Laird Popkin will take over as COO/CFO and David Mertz will take over
> as CTO. We will have another announcement about new director(s) soon.
> We are moving into a new phase for the OVC, and I think it's an
> exciting time for us. Several large opportunities are opening up and
> OVC will have a whole new outlook in the weeks and months ahead.
> Please join me in thanking Doug and Arthur for Great Work they have
> done on behalf of the Open Voting Consortium and the cause of saving
> democracy. Also, please welcome David and Laird to their new roles.
> Thanks to you all,
> Alan Dechert
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