Fwd: This Thu/Fri in SF: Invite to Verified Voting Code Sprint

From: Joseph Lorenzo Hall <joehall_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Tue Jul 20 2004 - 12:32:48 CDT

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From: Will Doherty <will_at_verifiedvoting_dot_org>
Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2004 09:49:07 -0700
Subject: This Thu/Fri in SF: Invite to Verified Voting Code Sprint
To: jhall@sims.berkeley.edu
Cc: will@verifiedvoting.org

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Dear Friends,

I'm writing to invite you to attend a Verified Voting
Code Sprint scheduled for this coming Thursday and Friday,
July 22-23.

The purpose of the code sprint is to continue designing
and programming an Election Incident Reporting System
(EIRS) for beta testing in the August 2004 Florida
primary and for full deployment prior to the November
2004 election.

The system will permit tracking of all kinds of problems
leading to disenfranchisement of voters at polling
places with a particular focus on dispatching attorneys
and technology professionals to monitor polling places
and document incidents as they occur for use in litigation
and later policymaking.

We are partnering with national voter protection
organizations like People for the American Way, America's
Families United Voter Protection Project, ACORN-Project
Vote, UNITY 04 - National Coalition for Black Civic
Participation, and others to handle election incident
reports from individuals and voter protection hotline
staff who will enter the reports into a web-based form.
We then enter the data from the form into a distributed,
replicable database that handles data anonymization
(except to the source organization). All this permits
real-time aggregation and display of the data on "The
Verifier," a set of drill down maps of the U.S.

You can see an early prototype of the Verifier at:
http://vevo.verifiedvoting.org/verifier/test.php?topic_string=3

You can see an early prototype of an incident report
form at:
http://voting.cpsr.net/evoting/evoting.rbx

We are seeking folks with the following skills:

* PHP programmers
* MySQL database designers and implementers
* Web user interface designers
* Technical writers (for voter guides and training guides
   to accompany the EIRS)

We are looking for people who can preferably volunteer
the entire day on both Thursday and Friday.

Food will be provided (let us know if you are veg/etari/an
or have other special food needs).

The location is the temporary office of the Verified Voting
Foundation at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, 454
Shotwell Street, San Francisco, CA 94110, in the Mission
neighborhood, several blocks walk from the 16th St BART
station.

If you can participate, please reply to this email with
a description of experience and the talents you would
bring to the code sprint.

The CPSR programmer on the project will be travelling
down from Seattle to participate and a few other
programmers have already committed to attending.

If you'd like to come from out of town and need a
place to stay, please let us know now so we can find
a host for you.

We're trying to confirm attendance by Monday if at all
possible.

I look forward to your participation in the
Verified Voting Code Sprint!

Let's make sure every vote counts as cast,

Will Doherty
Executive Director
VerifiedVoting.org and Verified Voting Foundation
http://www.verifiedvoting.org/

Register to vote:
http://www.yourvotematters.org/VerifiedVoting
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-- 
Joseph Lorenzo Hall
UC Berkeley, SIMS PhD Student
http://pobox.com/~joehall/
blog: http://pobox.com/~joehall/nqb2/
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