Re: [OVC-demo-team] DRAFT#2 -- PRESS RELEASE

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Sat Mar 20 2004 - 07:51:36 CST

At 11:58 AM -0800 3/19/04, Alan Dechert wrote:
>I took Arnie's and David's suggestions and made a few other edits. I
>changed Doug's "it's too easy to play tricks with" to "it's too easy to fool
>with" in the spirit of the day. I don't want to over-do it but another
>"fool" or two might be okay.
>
>The final version will be on OVC letterhead and include contacts and
>references.
>
>******
>GRANITE BAY, CALIFORNIA -- The Open Voting Consortium will demonstrate a
>version of its free election software on the 1st of April at 10:00 AM at the
>Santa Clara County government office building at 70 W. Hedding St., San
>Jose in room 157, located behind the Information Desk, as you walk
>into the front of the building's Main Entrance. The Open Voting
>Consortium intends to make free voting software
>available for use in public elections to begin a process founders hope will
>transform the voting system from a fraud-prone, blackbox, proprietary,
>expensive, unreliable system to a technically sound, accurate, secure,
>inexpensive, and open voting system.
>
>An international team of volunteer scientists and engineers developed the
>demonstration system. Jan Karrman of Sweden, a senior research engineer at
>Uppsala University said that the international role of the U.S. "makes it
>important outside the U.S. as well that fair elections are being held
>there." John-Paul Gignac of Canada wrote the software for the graphical user
>interface. Anand Pillai of Bangalore India, Eron Lloyd of Pennsylvania, and
>Dr. David Mertz of Massachusetts have been the other main software code
>contributors. Fred McLain, a noted computer security expert from
>Washington, has served as the lead developer over the past two months. "I'm
>proud of what this team has accomplished," said McLain. Laird Popkin of New
>York worked on the online version of the ballot printing system.
>
>"Voters should not be fooled into thinking their vote is secure with
>paperless electronic voting machines. We need a system like the Open Voting
>Consortium is developing that produces a paper ballot that voters can see,
>touch, and verify before placing in the ballot box," according to Dr. Arthur
>Keller, who teaches computer science at UC Santa Cruz and serves as
>Vice President of
>the Open Voting Consortium. Professor Douglas W. Jones, a University of
>Iowa computer scientist and often-quoted expert of voting technology,
>agrees: "It's too easy to fool with a purely electronic record. We need a
>physical token to represent the vote so that it can be checked by ordinary
>human beings. We also want a system where all aspects of the system are
>open to public inspection so we can be sure everything is above board." Dr.
>Jones is also the Chief Technology Officer <delete comma> and Vice
>President of the Open
>Voting Consortium.

We need a quote on the visually impaired interface and verification
system, particularly since the latter is on a different computer.

>"We are not in favor of having a public process run by private companies
>that want to keep everything a secret," says Alan Dechert, President of the
>Open Voting Consortium. "It was wise to commit serious funding to modernize
>the voting system. But it would be foolish to spend all the money on
>immature technology that will be obsolete in a few years. We advocate
>spending a small percentage of this money on a comprehensive scientific
>research and development project that will give us the best possible voting
>system." The Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) earmarks nearly four
>billion dollars for voting modernization. Upwards of $1.5 billion has been
>appropriated for this fiscal year. "We are working with universities in
>several states to get this project launched. Iowa State University and the
>University of California are leading the way, with strong teams developing
>in Illinois and Nevada, so far."
>
>The Open Voting Consortium is a Nonprofit California Corporation dedicated
>to the development, maintenance, and delivery of open voting systems for use
>in public elections.

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