[OVC-discuss] Johnson County KS joins OVC -- Press release

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Wed Dec 17 2008 - 11:04:52 CST

We have received the check, too....


Text version of the press release below, and letterhead version attached.
If you can help distribute, let me know.

Open Voting Consortium
9560 Windrose Lane
Granite Bay, CA 95746

For Immediate Release
Contact: Alan Dechert
Reference: http://tinyurl.com/6k46n4

Johnson County Kansas Joins Open Voting Consortium

Granite Bay, CA - December 17, 2008 - Johnson County Kansas has become the
first governmental member of Open Voting Consortium. "The guiding light for
the transition to a new voting system is shining in the middle of America,"
said Open Voting Consortium president, Alan Dechert.

Johnson County Election Commissioner Brian Newby explained, "Our Open Voting
Consortium Associate Membership reflects our commitment to raising the
urgency to bring alternatives to today's closed election systems to the
market. When the time comes for us to replace election equipment -- and many
of our voting machines already are at their half-life -- we want to be able
to choose from a wide range of cost-effective and secure technology options
that allow for ultimate flexibility as our county population grows. That
makes it vital that innovative open systems be evaluated, brought to market,
and certified expeditiously."

Mr. Newby concludes, "Our membership will allow us to evaluate the
technology while it simultaneously follows a fast track for federal and
state certification, as well as a subsequent market launch."

California Secretary of State Debra Bowen has called for open source
software for election systems. But six weeks after Election Day, election
officials in Minnesota are still mulling over ballots in effort to divine
voter intent. "These antiquated systems need to go away," said Alan
Dechert. "We need unambiguous ballots and a modern system owned by the

Open Voting Consortium (OVC) was founded in 2003, a nonprofit California
corporation. OVC develops and promotes secure and accessible voting
technology that is free and fully open to public scrutiny.


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