Re: My statement for the EAC

From: Edmund R. Kennedy <ekennedyx_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Wed Jul 27 2005 - 11:54:22 CDT

Loose the part about the Fed's giving themselves more
power. Modify, "...takes care to protect..." to
"...takes unusual <or extreme> care to protect...."

HTH Ed Kennedy

--- Alan Dechert <> wrote:

> I'm already up against the 3-minute limit. So, it
> will tough to add
> anything. Let me know what you think.
> *****
> I am Alan Dechert, President of the Open Voting
> Consortium. We applaud
> legislators in Illinois who recently passed a bill,
> HB 1968, that says
> [quote],
> "All test plans, test results, documentation,
> and other records
> used to
> plan, execute, and record the results of the
> testing and
> verification,
> including all material prepared or used by
> independent testing
> authorities or other third parties, shall be
> made part of the
> public
> record and shall be freely available via the
> Internet and paper
> copy
> to anyone."
> We are encouraging law makers in other states to
> adopt similar measures.
> We want to see all the test cases that have been run
> and the results of
> each test case. That way, we can see if things were
> done correctly.
> The Voluntary Voting System Guidelines, or VVSG,
> takes care to protect
> the intellectual property rights of vendors.
> Election audit procedures
> are weak. Transparency takes a back seat.
> The trade secrets you are protecting have no value.
> Using computers to
> count things is a technology that is well
> understood. Novel solutions
> are neither needed nor desirable. Let's standardize
> the technology and
> let vendors compete based on the services they
> provide. We need to know
> that voters are presented with choices in a clear
> and accurate manner.
> We need to know that voters' choices get recorded
> correctly and counted
> accurately. This is not rocket science. Let's not
> make the technology
> more complicated than it needs to be. Wireless
> devices and other overly
> high-tech approaches should be eliminated.
> Transparency should be
> valued over speed and convenience.
> The VVSG does not appear to take the malicious
> insider threat seriously.
> Nevada's Gaming Control Board tests slot machines
> more rigorously than
> the government tests voting machines. Yet, the
> malicious insider threat
> persists, and insiders have successfully rigged slot
> machines.
> Paperless voting is practically an embossed
> invitation to rig elections.
> Scientists, engineers, and faculty members
> associated with our Open
> Voting project have demonstrated a prototype of an
> inexpensive,
> accessible, electronic ballot printer utilizing free
> open source
> software. This architecture should be encouraged in
> the VVSG.
> The EAC should consider the contributions
> Australians have made toward
> fair and efficient election administration over the
> past 150 years. We
> may have more to learn from them. They have
> pioneered the use of
> commodity multi-use PCs and open source software in
> elections. The VVSG
> should allow for this possible model.
> With the Help America Vote Act, the federal
> government has assigned
> itself more power. Will that power be used wisely?
> The early returns
> are not encouraging. Billions have been squandered
> on new devices.
> Purchase decisions have been political. Very little
> has been invested
> in scientific research. Why?
> In summary, we want to see the EAC value
> transparency in election
> administration. Please accommodate, and even
> encourage public
> disclosure of all aspects of election
> administration. Invest in
> Research and Development with our country's great
> university system.
> Alan Dechert
> President, Open Voting Consortium
> 9560 Windrose Lane
> Granite Bay, CA 95746
> 916-791-0456
> The Open Voting Consortium (OVC) is a non-profit
> organization dedicated
> to the development, maintenance, and delivery of
> open voting systems for
> use in public elections.
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