John Edwards Supports "Open Source" for Voting Systems

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Wed Jun 27 2007 - 13:33:01 CDT

June 27, 2007


Alan Dechert, 916-772-5360
President, Open Voting Consortium
9560 Windrose Lane
Granite Bay, CA 95746


GRANITE BAY, CA -- John Edwards has become the first presidential candidate
to support "open source code" for election systems. In a letter dated June
21st addressed to Alan Dechert, the Edwards campaign stated that, "To ensure
security, these machines should be programmed with an open source code for
complete transparency, and election results should be safeguarded by
voter-verified paper records."

Currently, software used in election systems remains the proprietary
property of vendors. This situation has created a continual problem when
anomalous results have been reported and independent experts are denied the
ability to review how the systems work. A growing body of critics oppose
this privatization of the voting system.

"Open source" means that the computer instructions written by programmers
are publicly available. Open source software is rapidly replacing
proprietary software in other applications, including the Internet and
military applications.

"We congratulate Senator Edwards for taking a leadership role in the fight
to restore public oversight of the voting system," said Alan Dechert,
president of Open Voting Consortium.

Open Voting Consortium (OVC) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit California
corporation that seeks to bring about a fully public voting system. OVC has
offered free consulting services to all the major presidential candidates --
Republican as well as Democratic. OVC has not endorsed any candidate for
president and is unlikely to do so.
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