Re: Voting System Industry Market Failure Could Lead toIts Disappearance

From: compodinamic <contact_at_compodinamic_dot_it>
Date: Sat May 02 2009 - 01:15:56 CDT

Please, no discomfort, the voting systems easy and safe for the citizens,
exist, there are in developing e not yet published, and for that OVC will
give his contribution!
  Soon notices will be published on the site www.voto-sicuro.it
They are:
 "Easy and attractive to citizens in the voting;

Safe and accurate for the candidate ;

Fast and easy to manage for the government".

These new machines are different from all other currently used, also for
the minor importance that has the software than the hardware.
In practice, even if you "trick" the operating software ( open source or
owner), the impact on the accuracy of the vote is very small and in an
amount such that it does not cheat.
These new machines will soon be offered to U.S. industries ( ES&S, Diebold
("Premier"), Sequoia, and Hart InterCivic., etc.), so finally USA will
have a voting system safe and modern.

Cascella

  ----- Original Message -----

From: "Alan Dechert" <dechert@gmail.com>
To: "Open Voting Consortium discussion list" <ovc-discuss@listman.sonic.net>
Sent: Friday, May 01, 2009 5:02 PM
Subject: [OVC-discuss] Voting System Industry Market Failure Could Lead
toIts Disappearance

> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
>
> Voting System Industry Market Failure Could Lead to Its Disappearance
>
> May 1, 2009
> Contact: Alan Dechert, 916-772-5360
> President, Open Voting Consortium
> 9560 Windrose Lane, Granite Bay, CA 95746
> http://openvoting.org
> Reference: Letter to Election Technology Council
> http://www.openvotingconsortium.org/ad/res2etc.pdf
>
>
> GRANITE BAY, CA -- "Proprietary hardware and proprietary software are not
> actually needed to tabulate votes," said Alan Dechert, president of Open
> Voting Consortium. "This fact has been demonstrated in public elections
> in Australia and elsewhere. If the voting system industry in the United
> States cannot get its act together, the government may well decide that we
> cannot afford to have them around anymore."
>
> In a letter dated April 30th, Dechert wrote that, "Voting system industry
> market failure has been due to the proliferation over the past 45 years of
> voting technologies that pose significant public risks. Regulation has
> grown in an attempt to mitigate these risks - grown to a point where a
> customer might want a new system but the market cannot provide it. " The
> letter was in response to a paper issued by Election Technology Council, a
> trade association of the four major vendors -- ES&S, Diebold ("Premier"),
> Sequoia, and Hart InterCivic.
>
> They have been continually re-inventing the wheel. Now that federal
> certification of a new voting system has ballooned to $4 million, the
> market cannot support a continuation of this activity. In some cases,
> governments have commissioned the development of software for the voting
> application.
>
> "The Election Technology Council paper has a lot of misinformation, but it
> is remarkable in that it shows industry is taking a good look at open
> source," Dechert continues. At one point, Election Technology Coucil
> acknowledges that "open source should be recognized as a potential product
> substitute for proprietary software systems."
>
> The voting system industry could survive by all using the same publicly
> available open source software.
>
> Open Voting Consortium is a nonprofit organization that develops and
> promotes free and open source software for the conduct of public
> elections.
>
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