[OVC-demo-team] New contributor

From: Eron Lloyd <elloyd_at_lancaster_dot_lib_dot_pa_dot_us>
Date: Thu Jan 29 2004 - 13:29:13 CST

Hello, I've been lurking for about a week, and figure that now's a good time
to introduce myself. I was pointed to this project after a brief discussion
with David Mertz, as I've been working on something very similar to the goals
of this project for some time. I'd like to play a role in OVC, bringing some
existing work and experience with me.

Turned on by the issue of black box voting, I decided to implement a prototype
of a reliable alternative. Dubbed the Open Election System, it would seek to
provide a suite of election applications, including a voting station,
election management, and voter registration. I can provide a diagram laying
out the architecture for anyone interested.

To do this, I've researched information from a large variety of sources,
including federal documents such as the HAVA Act & Voting Systems Standards,
internation resouces such as the ACE project, resources on election reform,
and studied the offerings of many commercial vendors.

I have a pretty wide range of skills and experiences. I come from a technical
background, working as a Tech. Manager for a large public institution. I work
well with Windows & Linux environments, and have strong abilities in
technologies such as Python, PyQt, KDE, SQL, XML, network, OS, distributed
computing, Web development/design. I'm also very interested in UI design and
human-computer interaction. One the political side, I'm currently a student
of political science with a focus on campaigns and elections. Also, I'm very
involved in a major political party, and have done everything from run
campaigns, voter registration drives, and volunteered in precincts on
Election day.

In regards to some of the recent discussion on ballot design, and XML
representation, I've been working on this very issue. While I'm nowhere near
a complete solution yet, I've been taking a similar approach. Attached is a
sample ballot UI and the referenced XML. Electronic ballot disign is a
critical issue, yet there doesn't seem to be much open research on it. This
is an area I'd like to explore in-depth.

I hope we can work together on this project closely.


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