Fw: Open Voting Consortium

From: Alan Dechert <adechert_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Wed Sep 24 2003 - 12:35:18 CDT

I don't want to distract you from what you all are doing, but a little bit
of activism might be appropriate at this time. I am forwarding to the list
some exchange I've had with IEEE folks. We want our open voting system to
be incorporated into IEEE standards.

Here's an article from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) that
explains the situation:


I am also in contact with people at the EFF.

Notice this paragraph:

     EFF invited concerned parties to write
     letters to the Institute of Electrical and
     Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE),
     requesting an electronic voting machine
     standard that requires secure, voter-verifiable
     election equipment and technologies that
     support open democratic principles of

"Concerned parties" -- that's you. The list of IEEE folks below are all the
main people involved. I just got off the phone with Jim Carlo. He said
he'd get someone to call me. Stephen Berger is chair of the SCC 38
committee mentioned in the EFF article.

So, please consider writing to some of these folks -- especially Stephen

--Alan D.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim Carlo" <jtcarlo@worldnet.att.net>
To: "Robert D. Love" <rdlove@ieee.org>; "deCourcelle, Theresa"
<t.decourcelle@ieee.org>; "Frazier, Howard" <millardo@dominetsystems.com>;
"Thompson, Geoff O" <thompson@ieee.org>; "'Paul Nikolich'"
<Paul.nikolich@worldnet.att.net>; "Carlo, James T." <j.carlo@ieee.org>;
"Gorman, Judy" <j.gorman@ieee.org>
Cc: <adechert@earthlink.net>; "Don Heirman" <d.heirman@worldnet.att.net>;
"Stephen Berger" <Stephen.Berger@ieee.org>
Sent: Friday, September 12, 2003 2:29 PM
Subject: RE: Open Voting Consortium

> Bob, thanks for the lead. I am copying Stephen Berger (who is chair of an
> IEEE Voting Standards working group) and Don Heirman on your note.
> Jim Carlo (j.carlo@ieee.org) Phone:1-214-693-1776 Fax:1-214-853-5274
> J.Carlo Consulting LLC (Focus on Telecom Strategy/Standards/Patents)
> President Elect, IEEE Standards Association
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Robert D. Love [mailto:rdlove@nc.rr.com]
> Sent: Friday, September 12, 2003 10:57 AM
> To: deCourcelle, Theresa; Frazier, Howard; Thompson, Geoff O; 'Paul
> Nikolich'; Carlo, James T.; Gorman, Judy
> Cc: adechert@earthlink.net
> Subject: Fw: Open Voting Consortium
> I received a phone call and the attached email from Alan Dechert, who is
> interested in developing a standard for conducting voting in Government
> elections. Are any of you aware of (a) work now going on in this area, or
> (b) an appropriate home for this standard development work, preferably
> the IEEE umbrella?
> Please get back to me at your earliest opportunity with your thoughts and
> suggestions on the best way to proceed.
> Thank you.
> Best regards,
> Robert D. Love
> President, LAN Connect Consultants
> 7105 Leveret Circle Raleigh, NC 27615
> Phone: 919 848-6773 Mobile: 919 810-7816
> email: rdlove@ieee.org Fax: 208 978-1187
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Alan Dechert" <adechert@earthlink.net>
> To: "Robert D. Love" <rdlove@ieee.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, September 10, 2003 1:51 PM
> Subject: Open Voting Consortium
> > Thanks for talking just now, Bob.
> >
> > As I mentioned, I am founding something called the Open Voting
> > (OVC). This name has been reserved with the CA Secretary of State and
> will
> > be incorportated soon as a non-profit corporation -- probably a 501c(6)
> > trade association. (I also have set up a web site -- although not much
> > there just now -- at http://www.openvotingconsortium.org ).
> >
> > I have been working on developing a PC based open source voting system
> > government elections that would include producing a paper ballot
> on-the-spot
> > in the voting booth. Interest in this idea has been growing steadily
> > the past almost 3 years that I have been working on it.
> >
> > The OVC is interested in becoming the body that will make possible the
> > delivery of the system to elections boards. OVC members will be
> > among other things, in standards for this type of system. We want to
> point
> > to a set of standards and say, "that's what we agree to follow."
> >
> > 1) Is there are place in IEEE where standards for electronic voting are
> > being developed where we could park a subset of these electronic voting
> > standards that would be specific to the type of system we are proposing?
> >
> > 2) If no such place exists, what steps need to be taken to bring this
> about?
> >
> > Here is some background information on the project:
> >
> > http://home.earthlink.net/~adechert/
> >
> > Here are the archives for the email list for the 20 or so scientists and
> > engineers that are working on the demo for the open voting system.
> >
> > http://gnosis.python-hosting.com/voting-project/
> >
> > Thanks.
> >
> > -- Alan Dechert 916-791-0456
> >
> >
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