Re: [OVC-discuss] Online voting coming to Washington DC in Sept

From: Nathan Adams <nadams@ieee.org>
Date: Tue Jun 22 2010 - 20:06:34 CDT

Do you have a link to information about the GA pilot project?

Thanks,

Nathan

On Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 6:56 PM, <SomeThoughts@aol.com> wrote:

> This means that CO, GA, DC, WV, and AZ will be doing pilot projects
> this fall, and the list keeps on growing.
>
> Jim
>
> ========
>
>
> http://www.osdv.org/about/osdv-news-press/district_of_columbia_adopts_osdv_technology
>
>
> Details about the Pilot Program
>
>
> - Public Preview of the service during the month of August.
> - The DC BOEE will encourage technical experts to stress test the pilot
> solution, in order to demonstrate the effectiveness of the privacy and
> security mechanisms and processes.
> - The pilot program for the September primary election will include
> digitally transporting ballots for up to 2,500 citizens and service men and
> women stationed overseas.
>
>
> =========
>
>
>
> http://voices.washingtonpost.com/fasterforward/2010/06/dc_launches_test_of_open-sourc.html
>
> D.C. launches test of open-source online voting
>
> Washington, D.C., will let overseas voters cast ballots online using
> open-source, standards-based software, not the closed, proprietary
> mechanisms that have dominated electronic voting throughout its troubled
> history in the United States<http://voices.washingtonpost.com/fasterforward/2009/11/electronic_voting_lingers_on.html>
> .
>
> Open Source Digital Voting Foundation <http://www.osdv.org/>, a Palo Alto,
> Calif., developer of election software<http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2009/10/open-source/>is providing the District's new system. Company representatives explained in
> a conference call with the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics<http://www.dcboee.org/>how this
> absentee-voting option<http://www.osdv.org/about/osdv-news-press/district_of_columbia_adopts_osdv_technology>will work.
>
> Starting with September's primary election, D.C. citizens serving overseas
> in the military and others posted far out of town won't have to choose
> between voting secretly but slowly by mailing in a paper ballot or voting
> quickly, but with no guarantee of secrecy, by submitting a ballot by fax or
> e-mail.
>
> (Voters living in the District will continue to use closed-source,
> proprietary hardware, although the next batch of machines<http://www.dcboee.org/pdf_files/nr_270.pdf>[PDF] will generate a paper record, visible to the voter, confirming that
> that the machine registered the ballot accurately.)
>
> Instead, after applying to vote online--using the same kinds of forms
> required to obtain an absentee ballot today--overseas voters will receive a
> one-time personal identification number. They'll use the PIN to log on to an
> encrypted site hosted by the District, on which they will fill out a PDF
> form and submit that under two forms of encryption--one to confirm the
> integrity of the ballot, a second to attest that it was completed by the
> holder of the PIN.
>
> Voters will be able to check online to see that their ballot (or, for the
> first time this year, their mailed-in form) was received. The Board of
> Elections and Ethics will confirm receipt of the ballot and then discard the
> identifying information attached to the ballot itself.
>
> Rokey W. Suleman,, executive director of the board, called the process
> "completely auditable, completely transparent."
>
> That's a sweeping claim to make. But with an open-source system--in which
> anybody can inspect the program's instructions, as in such widely used
> programs as the Firefox Web browser--we won't have to take his word for it
> once OSDV posts that source code on its site this summer.
>
> This is an overdue step for electronic voting. It may also be the only hope
> left for electronic voting, considering the woeful history of closed,
> proprietary systems that on good days merely confuse voters with badly
> designed interfaces<http://voices.washingtonpost.com/fasterforward/2008/11/grade_your_voting_interface.html>and on bad days lose votes for mysterious reasons (as happened
> in the District in the 2008 primary<http://voices.washingtonpost.com/fasterforward/2008/09/e-voting_follies_continue.html>).
>
>
> But first, other jurisdictions will have to show some interest in
> open-source voting. Anybody want to make a prediction on that?
>
> By Rob Pegoraro | June 22, 2010; 11:57 AM ET
> Categories: Digital culture<http://voices.washingtonpost.com/fasterforward/digital_culture/>, Policy
> and politics<http://voices.washingtonpost.com/fasterforward/policy_and_politics/>
>
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