Re: EVM2003 Status Report(s)

From: Anand Pillai <anand_pillai_at_fastmail_dot_fm>
Date: Thu Nov 13 2003 - 05:36:41 CST

Hello Folks
      I was absent from the list for quite some time.
This was not voluntary, but because I was busy sorting out
many things in office and personal life. I shifted to a
new house, got engaged.

      My apologies for not producing the GUI earlier. It
was due to the reasons mentioned above.

     I would like to spend the next 2 weeks working to finalize
the GUI along with David Mertz. Before I start anything on it,
I would like to know if there are any changes in the design.

Some questions.

1. Do we still keep the same style XML?
2. Do we want the placement XML for the GUI elements or
   do I hardcode it (Hardcoding will save me some time.)
3. Do we have the candidate XML ready?
4. How do I interface it with Jan's existing code?
5. I believe the GUI template has to look like Alan's
   sample ballot. Correct me here.

Since I would like to get a quickstart on this, it would be
nice if David could lead me in this and get me started. I might
have missed many postings here in between, so perhaps David
can get me started by answering the questions.

I would like to start this on Saturday, so that I can give
you guys a nice demo, after 2 weeks.

Thank you folks!

----- Original message -----
From: "Alan Dechert" <>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2003 11:57:49 -0800
Subject: [voting-project] EVM2003 Status Report(s)

Read the news, folks. The stage is being set for us. It's time for us
push for getting the demo together.

I think we should take inventory of where we're at right now with the
project. Some have asked for a schedule or timeline ("roadmap" as Anand
says), but we haven't quite been in a position to put that together. We
be reaching a point where we can and need to lay this out.

I want to shoot for a demo in about 4 weeks from now. To do this, we'd
to reach Alpha in about 2 weeks, I think. "Alpha" in my mind means
complete." That is, we want to have all the components in place -- maybe
with some issues but the basic functionality needs to be there. Then we
spend the following two weeks to work out the kinks -- reaching maybe
quality just before the demo. It doesn't have to be perfect but, as much
possible, we need to identify bugs so we can steer around them if we
have time to fix all of them.

To see if this is feasible, we need to go over what all we're doing.
have a look at all the tasks and see who is doing what, and see if there
gaps to be filled. It looks like we are following the 80/20 rule: that
in any group, about 20 percent of the people do about 80 percent of the
work. This is normal and to be expected. We now have about 30
voting-project list members, 20 percent of which would equal about 6
You probably know if you're one of the six or not ... actually, I guess
there are about 9 that have taken some leadership roles, namely, Jan,
Arthur, David, Arnie, Chris, Charles, Matt, Lori (my wife), and me. In
case, there is quite a bit of stratification within the six or so -- Jan
doing about half the work. We need to get Jan some help.

We very much appreciate the contributions of all voting-project members,
I've got to say it: it's time to fish, cut bait, or swim to shore.

Jan has taken the lead on this important task. He has finished the
printing function. Jan: please provide a status report on this. You
mentioned that you need some help. What specifically do you need help

All: please see what you can do to help Jan.

This is another very important must-have requirement. Anand was working
this. David, what's the status? This software will also use Jan's
printing function -- so at least this part is done.

BVA (Bar Code Vocalization)
I have taken responsibility for this. I estimate that what I already
is alpha quality. I have since made revisions, and I think what I have
beta quality. I will post this to SourceForge shortly. Chris and Jan
toyed with their own versions of BVA and this is fine -- especially since
Jan can use some of his BVA code for the Vision Impaired Interface. I
to use my version for the scanning station that will be used during the

Jan has an alpha version of this already. We need to have a better GUI
ballot interface. Will we be able to use some of the code from the
standalone GUI ballot interface? Has someone taken responsibility for
Jan? David? Please clarify.

Arnie Urken has taken the lead on this. Chris Schaefer is helping.
are we with this? Can we see something soon? Do you need help?

We need some handouts to give to people in the media (and others) that
attend the demo. Some of the topics covered:

- Economics -- us versus them
- Explanation of voter verification -- why we have it and the DREs don't

What else? I don't think we have anyone assigned to this task. Any

Arthur Keller has taken responsibility for this. We need equipment and
space for the demo. Tables, chairs, computers, etc. Probably we need to
build some cradle to hold the monitor in a horizontal position. We need
press releases sent out. I have made a contact with a touchscreen panel
maker and it looks like they will send us one after Comdex (ends Nov 20)
that we can use for 30 days. I also have one or two PCs to lend to the
demo. I think we need five (two voting machines with monitors, scanning
station (need headphones), tabulation demonstration, vision-impaired set
(need headphones). What else, Arthur? Arthur could probably use some
from people in the Palo Alto area. Chris and Ed are there. Anyone else?

Matt, we need a plan for alpha and beta. At this point, it can't be
elaborate but we need to be sure you are on top of this. You have been
and maybe you need help. Report please?

I think this part is under control. The Open Voting Consortium is the
organization that will be conducting the demo. I think it needs to
exist as a legal entity by then. Lori has taken the lead in getting this
done. Report? Charles Cleveland has taken the lead with the OVC web
It's there but could use a little more work. Charles? Do you need help?
Testers? Feedback?

Please, if you are one of the leads, send a report to the list ASAP! If
are on the voting-project list but not really working on a specific task,
it's time to look for a spot where you can help. Please speak up! I
to pull all of this information together by the end of this week.

-- Alan Dechert 916-791-0456

  Anand Pillai
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