NY State Board of Elections Passes Resolution Favoring Open Source

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Wed Feb 27 2008 - 14:23:51 CST

Just sent this out to our discussion list.

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The New York State Board of Elections took an important step toward
establishing a public voting system based on public software. Today, they
passed a resolution that gives a break on examination fees to vendors that
apply for certification of voting systems that use free open source
software.

Here's the resolution, which has beed on the NYS Board web site for some
months now:
http://www.elections.state.ny.us/NYSBOE/hava/Voting_Machines/ProposedResolutionConcerningFeesForTesting.pdf

I initailly suggested this to Comissioner Douglas Kellner back in June of
last year. It took lots of steps and some persistence, but we got it done.
Thanks to Doug Kellner! Professor Richard Johnson of Open Voting Solutions
deserves a lot of credit, too: he wrote a letter to the board to get things
rolling [1].

Thanks to all for your support to make open voting a reality.

Alan Dechert
http://openvoting.org
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[1] here are some posts I made to our discussion list that give an idea of
how this happened:
http://gnosis.python-hosting.com/voting-project/July.2007/0002.html
http://gnosis.python-hosting.com/voting-project/August.2007/0039.html
http://gnosis.python-hosting.com/voting-project/September.2007/0005.html
http://gnosis.python-hosting.com/voting-project/November.2007/0217.html

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