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

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Sat Mar 20 2004 - 19:29:27 CST

Good idea.

At 2:16 PM -0500 3/20/04, Arnold Urken wrote:
>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

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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