Re: [OVC-discuss] Your "Idea for Change" is in 13th place with 2 weeks left!

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Fri Dec 19 2008 - 13:57:45 CST

A few of you have already voted. Thanks! We need as many US citizens as possible to vote. Please do so now!

Here's a pitch I am sending out to overseas voters.

Open Voting Consortium (OVC) urgently needs your help. We have made significant progress developing better voting technology that is free and completely open to public scrutiny. We are battling entrenched interests that want to keep voting technology under control of secretive private interests.

We have successfully demonstrated our poll site system, where voters make their selections on a computerized interface then print out a finished ballot. They vote by putting this unambiguous paper ballot in the ballot box. For a demonstration, you can watch a YouTube video illustrating how this works.

Absentee and overseas voting would work in a similar way -- the voter would print their finished ballot using a computer. In this case, the voter will receive a pin to enter, which will bring up the correct ballot options for their voting jurisdiction (the pin cannot be linked to an individual voter so the secret ballot is maintained). Here is a sample you can try (works best with Firefox but other browsers will work more or less well).

The ballots for the poll site system and remote system will look exactly the same to the human eye.

Obama has praised the open source concept and we have gotten open source voting into the California Democratic Party platform.

The OVC project will potentially lead to the best and least expensive voting system for everyone. We have posted this idea to the Obama transition web site If we get enough attention there, it will become a priority for the new administration.

So, we are asking people to go to the site and vote. We need all the votes in by December 31 of this year (less than two weeks!).

There is also a link to this on our web site and more information at

Your voice is significant. Please distribute this information to your lists and urge people to vote at change dot gov!

Alan Dechert
President, Open Voting Consortium
9560 Windrose Lane
Granite Bay, CA 95746
cell 916-792-1784

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Abdullah Bakhach
  To: Brent Turner
  Cc: ; April V ; Alex Clemens - Barbary Coast Consulting
  Sent: Friday, December 19, 2008 9:40 AM
  Subject: Re: Your "Idea for Change" is in 13th place with 2 weeks left!

  Done! Good luck Brent!

  On Thu, Dec 18, 2008 at 7:11 PM, Brent Turner <> wrote:

    Please Vote !!! Tell a friend !!!!


    From: []
    Sent: Thursday, December 18, 2008 3:46 PM
    Subject: Your "Idea for Change" is in 13th place with 2 weeks left!

    Hello Brent ,

    Hey Brent ,

    We wanted to let you know that there are only 2 weeks left in the first round of the "Ideas for Change in America" competition, and your idea is in 13th place in the Technology Policy category.

    The top 3 rated ideas for each category will make it to the second round, which will be held in early January so we can announce the winners of the competition just before the Presidential Inauguration. You need 156 votes to move up to third place in Technology Policy.

    The best way to increase your votes is to email your link to friends and ask them to support your idea and pass it on. You can do this by forwarding the following link:

    You can also put a badge for your idea on your blog or website by clicking on the link and grabbing the embed code on the right side of your ideas page.

    Best of luck!

    - The Team

  Abdullah Bakhach
  FOSS Factory
  President & co-founder

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