Acquiring new funds (Donations)

From: Cory Hamma <cory_at_openvoting_dot_org>
Date: Tue May 04 2004 - 00:32:01 CDT

I know this subject is probably not as welcome as, say, Bar Code Length
(chuckles) but I'd like to propose a couple of strategies for gathering
additional funding and/or support.

1. Accept credit cards, debit cards and e-checks directly from the
site. PayPal is disliked by MANY individuals with Internet access, and
is confusing to many. A swift and simple credit card acceptance method
with the OVC logo at the top would probably go a long way. Just like
Amazon. It would also look more professional.

2. Public Image.

There are a lot of groups who would love to support what we are offering
both in terms of grassroots lobbying and in terms of funding. I
suggest that the number of demonstrations increase. The focus of the
sighted general public is the computer which prints out their ballot.
The focus of the non-sighted general public is a computer which reads
their ballot.

--We have already created a mock visual ballot online, and but we need
to have at least a recording of the voting machine actually voting
through the audible interface, with interjections like "voter pressed
the space bar" to indicate choices made.
--Some demos do not need to include really anything but a mock-up voting
terminal. The rest of the process can be described, as it is probably
more complicated than most people would need to see demonstrated in
order to be convinced. I am talking about demos at:
Lyons clubs, schools for the blind, universities, and anywhere where
there will be a lot of people who are politically minded. There some
really big organizations in the Midwest and the east coast too:
http://www.google.com/search?q=school+for+the+blind

In addition to the demos that will need to be produced, the general web
site needs a text overhaul. There are questions that must be answered
on the main web page, not buried in a FAQ. I was talking to a preschool
teacher about the project, and she had some basic questions:
A. How expensive is the system? Is it cheaper than the systems the
government bought? (I am aware of recent discussions -- this could be a
hypothetical answer based on the idea of buying computers for
libraries/schools and borrowing them for the election)
B. How do I know that my vote has been counted correctly? I heard some
votes were lost with the current systems.
C. Is it easy to use? I'm not very good at using computers.
D. How do blind people vote with the system? If the output is on paper,
how can a blind individual tell if their vote is counted / is correct?
E. When will this system be working? Will it be working this November?
(this would be a good place to include a link to Donations)
... some basic questions, much less than 10, would be really helpful.
These don't have to be in question/answer format, either.

Hopefully after people read newspaper articles or hear from word of
mouth about our system, they will visit the web page and have the
answers they are searching for available instantly, without the need to
search.

-Cory
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