Re: My statement for the EAC

From: Ron Crane <voting_at_lastland_dot_net>
Date: Wed Jul 27 2005 - 13:00:12 CDT
Agree on both Ed's points. The EAC has no control over the federalism issue, and it will only confuse the central points about security and transparency.


Edmund R. Kennedy wrote:
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 

     "All test plans, test results, documentation,
and other records 
used to
     plan, execute, and record the results of the
testing and 
     including all material prepared or used by
independent testing
     authorities or other third parties, shall be
made part of the 
     record and shall be freely available via the
Internet and paper 
     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
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
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
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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