[OVC-demo-team] Re: DRAFT#3--PRESS RELEASE

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Sat Mar 20 2004 - 13:07:07 CST

At 10:42 AM -0800 3/20/04, Alan Dechert wrote:
>GRANITE BAY, CALIFORNIA -- The Open Voting Consortium will demonstrate a
>version of its free election software on the 1st of April at 10:00 AM in the
>Santa Clara County government office building, 70 W. Hedding St., room 157,
>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
>transform the voting system from a fraud-prone, blackbox, proprietary,
>expensive, idiosyncratic, unreliable system to a technically sound,
>accurate, secure, inexpensive, uniform 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 says that the international role of the U.S. "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 graphical user
>interface. Anand Pillai of Bangalore India, Eron Lloyd of Pennsylvania, and
>Dr. David Mertz of Massachusetts have been the other main software code
>contributors. Fred McLain, a noted computer security expert from
>Washington, has served as the lead developer over the past two months. "I'm
>proud of what this team has accomplished," said McLain. "We'll show a touch
>screen system that prints a ballot, a ballot verification system, another
>system for

reading- or visually-impaired

>reading impaired voters that works with headphones, and a vote
>tallying system that processes the paper ballots."

Will we demonstrate a voting machine for reading/visually-impaired voters too?

>A simulation of the poll-site voting machine is available on the Internet.
>Users can print the same ballot as with the standalone voting machine, or
>they can view the ballot on the screen. "We're happy to make this available
>on the Internet," says Laird Popkin, a software wizard from New York who
>developed the user interface for the Internet simulation. "I think this
>really helps people to get what we're talking about."
>
>"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, who teaches computer science at UC Santa Cruz, and serves as Vice
>President of the Open Voting Consortium. Professor Douglas W. Jones, a
>University of Iowa computer scientist and often-quoted expert on voting
>technology, agrees: "It's too easy to fool 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 and Vice President of
>the Open Voting Consortium.
>
>"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) earmarks 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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