Re: New OVC Directors/Officers

From: Ed Kennedy <ekennedyx_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Wed Dec 15 2004 - 18:06:15 CST


Rick Gideon wrote:
> 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.
> rick
> 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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