Press release: SF Director of Elections to establish an open source voting system task force

From: Joseph Lorenzo Hall <joehall_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Sat Jan 20 2007 - 17:22:43 CST

>From Scott Luebking...

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Date: Jan 19, 2007 4:57 PM
Subject: Press release: SF Director of Elections to establish an open
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Hi,

Recent press release from San Francisco Department of Elections.

Scott

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DEPARTMENT OF ELECTIONS

City and County of San Francisco

John Arntz, Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRESS RELEASE: DIRECTOR OF ELECTIONS TO ESTABLISH AN OPEN SOURCE
VOTING SYSTEM TASK FORCE

San Francisco, Friday, January 19, 2007 - SAN FRANCISCO, January 19, 2007
The San Francisco Department of Elections supports Secretary of State Debra
Bowen's goal of increasing voters confidence in the integrity of the voting
process in California, San Francisco will create a task force on the
subject of source code review, made up of software and system security
experts as well as representatives from San Francisco's voting system
provider. The Task force will advise the Department of Elections on how to
establish a more transparent method of reviewing the software code for any
voting system used in the City and that is secure from tampering. This
task force will also be asked to provide a security analysis of San
Francisco's voting system. The task force will inform the public of its
findings on the trustworthiness and security of San Francisco's voting
system and make recommendations for creating a more transparent voting
system.

One of San Francisco's goals is to have a review of its existing voting
system that will set the foundation for transparent operation of all voting
systems. A second goal is for the review process to result in becoming the
cornerstone in the development of security standards applicable to all
voting systems.

The San Francisco Department of Elections will take the following steps:
* Secure cooperation of San Francisco's voting system vendor
* Seek technical expertise of the Secretary of State's office
* Continue consultations with the Open Voting Consortium
* Appoint a Task Force comprised of experts in software development and
system security; San Francisco's voting system provider; and
            representatives from the Secretary of State's office
* Work with the Task Force to develop procedures and methods to use in
reviewing the existing voting system
* Require Task Force to issue a report on the review that includes
recommendations for voting system review and a list of best practices
* Set date for voting system vendor to respond to the review of the
existing system and the Task Force report

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Joseph Lorenzo Hall
PhD Student, UC Berkeley, School of Information
<http://josephhall.org/>
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