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

From: Arnold Urken <aurken_at_stevens_dot_edu>
Date: Sat Mar 20 2004 - 13:16:02 CST

Arthur, this is looking good, but we should included the web address
and a phone contact (Alan's?) at the end. Arnie

Arthur Keller wrote:

>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
>>San Jose. The Open Voting Consortium intends to make free voting
>>available for use in public elections to begin a process founders hope
>>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
>>demonstration system. Jan Karrman of Sweden, a senior research engineer
>>Uppsala University says that the international role of the U.S. "makes
>>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
>>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.
>>proud of what this team has accomplished," said McLain. "We'll show a
>>screen system that prints a ballot, a ballot verification system,
>>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
>>Users can print the same ballot as with the standalone voting machine,
>>they can view the ballot on the screen. "We're happy to make this
>>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
>>Consortium is developing that produces a paper ballot that voters can
>>touch, and verify before placing in the ballot box," according to Dr.
>>Keller, who teaches computer science at UC Santa Cruz, and serves as
>>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
>>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
>>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
>>Open Voting Consortium. "It was wise to commit serious funding to
>>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
>>system." The Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) earmarks nearly four
>>billion dollars for voting modernization. Upwards of $1.5 billion has
>>appropriated for this fiscal year. "We are working with universities in
>>several states to get this project launched. Iowa State University and
>>University of California are leading the way, with strong teams
>>in Illinois and Nevada, so far."
>>The Open Voting Consortium is a Nonprofit California Corporation
>>to the development, maintenance, and delivery of open voting systems
for use
>>in public elections.
>Arthur M. Keller, Ph.D., 3881 Corina Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303-4507
>tel +1(650)424-0202, fax +1(650)424-0424
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