Re: Fw: Open Source Voting Demonstration

From: Jan Kärrman <jan_at_it_dot_uu_dot_se>
Date: Wed May 28 2008 - 13:29:32 CDT

Alan Dechert wrote:
> I'm forwarding the message about the LinuxWorld conference.

This is a great opportunity for OVC. It requires much work to
set up the ballot, though, so a lot of help will be needed.

For the current demo, we use the voting interface from Pvote
(pvote.org) by Ka-Ping Yee - "Ping". We want to use that for
the LinuxWorld event as well. For this, the main job is to
create a new ballot definition file, this is documented in:

   http://pvote.org/docs/pvad/pvad.pdf

and in Ping's dissertation:

   http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2007/EECS-2007-167.pdf

The Pvote interface consists of only a few hundreds of lines of
Python code, everything else go into the ballot definition file:
ballot images, audio, the logic connection between various things
etc.

There is a sample ballot definition file, and a tool to examine
and modify it (ballotio.py), available at pvote.org. I used that
tool myself, and made a few small changes to the sample to make
it into our current demo. But to create a new ballot from scratch,
more tools are needed. Ping writes in his dissertation that he
uses tools that create the ballot from simple text files.

The ideal would of course if Ping could help, or at least share
his tools. But he has never been involved in OVC, and has now
moved on to other things, so he may now want, or have the time,
to help.

The tabulation program will of course also need to be updated.

I'll be glad to connect the new ballot to our printing routines
and tabulation program, and build bootable iso images, but I
don't have the time myself to make the necessary tools for
creating the ballot definition file.

/Jan
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