Re: Fw: Open Source Voting Demonstration

From: laird popkin <lairdp_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Sat May 24 2008 - 15:14:55 CDT

This is a fantastic opportunity to promote OVC. I wish I lived on the west
coast.
Is this info OK to distribute? (i.e. can I forward this email to friends who
are in SF who might be motivated to help)?

On Sat, May 24, 2008 at 1:46 PM, Alan Dechert <dechert@gmail.com> wrote:

> I'm forwarding the message about the LinuxWorld conference. I also
> posted something about it on openvoting.org
>
>
> http://www.openvotingconsortium.org/blog/2008-may-20/ovc_to_provide_voting_system_for_linuxworld_aug_5_7
>
> I need help to make all this happen. Among other things, I want to get the
> process down for creating the ballot definition files so that a 6th grader
> could do it.
>
> We are using Ping's Pvote voter interface (see Pvote.org for details). My
> previous post to this list also has links to documentation on that.
>
> http://gnosis.python-hosting.com/voting-project/May.2008/0001.html
>
> Please help!
>
> Alan D.
>
>
> ----- Original Message ----- *From:* melinda_kendall@idg.com
> *To:* Alan Dechert <alan@openvotingconsortium.org>
> *Cc:* kristen_margulis@idg.com ; briana_pontremoli@idg.com ;
> charlotte_mccormack@idg.com
> *Sent:* Tuesday, May 20, 2008 7:59 AM
> *Subject:* Open Source Voting Demonstration
>
>
> Hi Alan--
> Good talking with you last week. In an attempt to summarize this program:
>
> The Open Voting Consortium will do a demonstration of open source voting at
> LinuxWorld, August 5-7, 2008, at Moscone Center, San Francisco. Generally,
> OVC will provide the machines, staffing, and overall presence at the event.
> World Expo will provide the space and promote this area as a feature of the
> event.
>
> Attendees will have an opportunity to use open source voting to cast a
> ballot and also to see how the votes are tallied and available for recount
> using this system. In addition, the ballot itself will have key questions
> to the event and community, and be a true plebiscite of event attendees.
>
> Attendees entering the area will have their badge scanned to register that
> they have voted. The badge scanners will reject any badge that attempts to
> vote a second time. Attendees will then proceed to one of three PCs to vote
> using a touch screen. Their ballot will be printed for them to review for
> accuracy. They will put their ballot into a privacy folder to put it into
> the ballot box.
>
> Every half hour the ballots will be scanned into the voting system, and the
> results displayed on a plasma screen above the booth.
>
> OVC is welcome to handout literature about the technology and political
> issues at the Information Counter in the booth.
>
> World Expo will send out a press release about the area pre-show, and
> release and promote the result of the ballot, during and after the event.
>
> The ballot will consist of three categories of questions:
> 1. Presidential election:
> Senator John McCain (Republican)
> Senator Barack Obama (Democrat)
> Congressman Bob Barr (Libertarian)
> Raph Nader (Independent)
> 2. People's Choice Award for Best Product at LinuxWorld 2008
> 8-10 choices from Product Excellence Award Finalists
> (available by 7/25)
> 3. Technology issues, based on: (Exact questions in preparation)
> * Reform the DMCA to allow circumvention of DRM
> systems, and distribution of circumvention devices,
> for non-infringing uses.
>
> * Patent reform 1: stop diverting patent application
> fees to the general fund; stop paying bonuses to
> USPTO employees based on number of patents granted
> or time of pendency.
>
> * Patent reform 2: stop issuing patents on algorithms
> or business methods; legislate that distribution
> of software for a general-purpose computer is not
> patent infringement.
>
> * Require that the government use only data formats
> that are implemented in open source software free of
> patent licensing requirements.
>
> *IDG Provides*
> Booth space in LinuxWorld (size and location TBD)
> Badge scanner and duplication detection capability
> Stanchions directing booth traffic
> 8' table for PCs
> 42" Plasma screen on stand
> Table for ballot box
>
> *OVC Provides*
> All staffing
> 3 PCs and printers
> Ballot scanner and vote counting
> Ballot box
> Privacy folder
> Voting area verisimilitude
>
> *Cost estimate TBD*
> Info counter
> Electrical
> Carpeting
>
> No internet required
>
>
> We expect to have a rendering, booth size, and costs within the week.
>
> Thanks
> MK
>
>
>
> *Please consider the environment before printing this email*
>
> *Melinda M. Kendall *
> VP/GM LinuxWorld/NGDC *
> IDG World Expo*
> 3 Speen St. Suite 320
> Framingham, MA 01701
> P. 508.424.4853
> C. 650.224.5445
> F. 508.620.6690
> E. *melinda_kendall@idg.com * <melinda_kendall@idg.com><annie_mcknight@idg.com><amy_bonner@idg.com>
> *
> **www.idgworldexpo.com* <http://www.idgworldexpo.com/>
>
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