Re: [OVC-demo-team] DRAFT -- PRESS RELEASE

From: Fred McLain <mclain_at_zipcon_dot_net>
Date: Fri Mar 19 2004 - 13:32:02 CST

Hi Alan,

The marketing VP here at work has agreed to review this over the weekend
and give us his feedback.


On Fri, 19 Mar 2004 10:49:37 -0800, Alan Dechert
<> wrote:

> This is a first draft of the press release we expect to send out on
> Monday.
> Your comments are welcome.
> Alan D.
> ******
> GRANITE BAY, CALIFORNIA -- The Open Voting Consortium will show off a
> demonstration version of its free voting software on the 1st of April at
> the
> Santa Clara County government office building 10:00 AM at 70 W. Hedding
> St.,
> San Jose. The Open Voting Consortium intends to make free voting software
> available for use in public elections to begin a process founders hope
> will
> bring about a transformation of the voting system from a fraud-prone,
> blackbox, proprietary, expensive, unreliable system to a technically
> sound,
> accurate, secure, inexpensive, and open voting system.
> An international team of volunteer scientists and engineers developed the
> demonstration system. Jan Karrman of Sweden, a senior research engineer
> at
> Uppsala University, said, "considering the U.S. role in international
> affairs, this makes it important outside the U.S. as well that fair
> elections are being held there." John-Paul Gignac of Canada wrote the
> software for the on-screen ballot. Anand Pillai of Bangalore India, Eron
> Lloyd of Pennsylvania, and David Mertz of Massachusetts have been the
> other
> main software code contributors. Fred McLain, a noted computer security
> expert from Bothel Washington, has served as the lead developer over the
> past two months. "I'm proud of what this team has accomplished," said
> McLain. Laird Popkin of New York worked on the online version of the
> ballot
> printing system.
> "Voters should not be fooled into thinking their vote is secure with
> paperless electronic voting machines. We need a system like the Open
> Voting
> Consortium is developing that produces a paper ballot that voters can
> see,
> touch, and verify before placing in the ballot box," according to Dr.
> Arthur
> Keller, a computer science professor at UC Santa Cruz and Vice President
> of
> the Open Voting Consortium. Professor Douglas W. Jones, a University of
> Iowa computer scientist and often-quoted expert of voting technology,
> agrees
> : "It's too easy to play tricks with a purely electronic record. We
> need a
> physical token to represent the vote so that it can be checked by
> ordinary
> human beings. We also want a system where all aspects of the system are
> open to public inspection so we can be sure everything is above board."
> Dr.
> Jones is also the Chief Technology Officer of the Open Voting Consortium
> and
> Vice President.
> "We are not in favor of having a public process run by private companies
> that want to keep everything a secret," says Alan Dechert, President of
> the
> Open Voting Consortium. "It was wise to commit serious funding to
> modernize
> the voting system. But it would be foolish to spend all the money on
> immature technology that will be obsolete in a few years. We advocate
> spending a small percentage of this money on a comprehensive scientific
> research and development project that will give us the best possible
> voting
> system." The Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) earmarked nearly four
> billion dollars for voting modernization. Upwards of $1.5 billion has
> been
> appropriated for this fiscal year. "We are working with universities in
> several states to get this project launched. Iowa State University and
> the
> University of California are leading the way, with strong teams
> developing
> in Illinois and Nevada, so far."
> The Open Voting Consortium is a Nonprofit California Corporation
> dedicated
> to the development, maintenance, and delivery of open voting systems for
> use
> in public elections.

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