Re: Presentation at OSCON

From: Arthur Keller <voting_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Fri Jan 26 2007 - 18:27:30 CST

I've submitted a request to speak with David Mertz and Fred McLain as
the other speakers. Here's what I wrote:


The hanging chads of 2000 showed that America's voting systems were
out of date and unreliable.

Yet, the electronic voting systems widely adopted since then are even
worse. In the 2004 elections, nearly 50 million votes existed only in
alterable electronic form. Suspicious undervotes on the electronic
voting machines affected the outcome of several congressional
elections in 2006. The software that processed them would have made
tampering easy. Both the election data and the software were hidden
from public view. There were serious allegations of fraud, but no
possibility of a public audit to resolve them.

Electoral fraud disenfranchises everyone. To preserve the right to
vote, the Open Voting Consortium (OVC) is working to establish a
voting system worthy of public trust. While protecting voter
anonymity, this Open Voting system makes all data and software
auditable, publicly inspectable, permanent, and tamper-proof. The
proposed project will develop the software and data systems needed to
tabulate countywide voting. This project is a vital enabling step in
a larger campaign, teaming OVF and OVC with government, business, and
universities, to make open voting the norm in American elections.

In April 2004, OVC publicly demonstrated an open source precinct
voting system. The system included:

1. An electronic voting machine, accessible through either a touch
screen or an auditory interface, which printed paper ballots and
maintained an electronic audit trail,
2. A ballot verification system that allowed the visually impaired to
hear the selections on their ballots, and
3. A ballot reconciliation system that compared the paper ballots
with the electronic audit trail, and accounted for spoiled ballots.

We will update last year's presentation with progress in the
development of a secure, reliable, auditable vote tabulation system
that covers five main functions: security, auditing, vote tabulation,
bulk optical ballot scanning, and web-based vote tally reporting.

Brief description:
Many eyes mean that voting systems comprised of open source are more 
reliable, secure and trustworthy than proprietary voting systems 
whose inner workings are trade secrets.  We present the design and 
implementation of a prototype open source electronic voting system.
Best regards,
At 3:35 PM -0800 1/26/07, Fred McLain wrote:
>Does anyone have the submission for last year's OSCON as a starting
>point for us to work from for this year?  Time is short and we are all
>busy, it would be great to have a starting point from a successful
>submission.  Arthur's slide deck from last year would also be helpful.
>David, I'd be happy to do this with you again or with Arthur if he has
>the time.  Since I'm only a short train ride from Portland it would not
>be too difficult for me to attend if there is a speaker's badge awaiting
>when I show up.  Last year we had what could only be described as a
>*hot* response.
>Does anyone on the list have speaking points we should address in our
>submission?  Here are the guidelines, some of which do not really apply
>to OVC:
>	-Fred-
>In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act
>~ George Orwell
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