Fw: Announce: Voting Transparency Project

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Fri May 06 2005 - 13:59:01 CDT

Lara and I met with Jim Youll a couple of months ago when he was visiting
the Bay Area. I think we can work with his group

Alan Dechert

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim Youll" <jim@media.mit.edu>
Sent: Friday, May 06, 2005 10:59 AM
Subject: Announce: Voting Transparency Project

> The Voting Transparency Project is "live" and has posted its first
> software, a polling place simulator (draft, v0.11) to help create
> estimates of capacity needs for polling places on election day... to help
> avoid problems like 8-hour waits, or to at least help create an understand
> of why they happen and how they may be avoided by allowing experimentation
> with different conditions, and through visualizations of polling
> conditions.
> The project has a permanent domain now:
> http://votingtransparency.net/
> The simulator application, an one-page summary of the project and the
> polling place simulator are available from the project home page.
> The one-page summary can be fetched directly from:
> http://go.votingtransparency.net/papers/vtp-1page-20050506.pdf
> **
> The project is looking for collaborators and supporters in many areas
> including graphic design, programming (Java, python, PHP, PostgreSQL),
> server operations, user interaction design, and writing/editing, as well
> as people interested in working with their local boards of election to
> evaluate, use, and help us improve the tools we're creating.
> **
> MIT UROP Harvey Jones has collaborated on the simulator project this
> semester, and designed the simulator's event generator and other
> infrastucture bits.
> The Voting Transparency Project creates tools for the study and evaluation
> of local public elections. Our hope is that these tools will help
> elections officials, citizens and equipment makers better understand and
> manage their own elections processes, supporting informed debate, and
> revealing potential problems with both technology choices and the
> operating practices around the technology.
> Our first demo is the polling place simulator, a tool to help estimate
> polling place capacity needs, and for experimentation to estimate capacity
> needs, the magnitude of potential voter backlogs when capacity is
> insufficent, and worst case voter-waiting times.
> The project has a Spring, 2005 home with the Computing Culture Group at
> the MIT Media Lab. We thank the group and director Chris Csikszentmihalyi
> for their support.
> Goals
> Build tools to help citizens and officials debate, study and understand
> the local voting process
> Constrain the vocabulary used in discussions of the design and execution
> of voting processes, to encourage focus on the voting process
> Support comparisons of voting processes, technologies and policies
> Encourage collaboration between citizens, officials, and vendors

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