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Thread #75217   Message #1319867
Posted By: Stewart
07-Nov-04 - 05:02 PM
Thread Name: BS: Help! The computer ate OH & FL votes!
Subject: RE: BS: Help! The computer ate OH & FL votes!
Here's a simple verifiable electronic *open* voting system. To learn more and try out a prototype go to The Open Voting Consortium. web site. And federal legislation should mandate such a verifiable system in all national elections.

Cheers, S. in Seattle


Do you trust black box voting machines?

Over one-third of the nation used electronic voting machines in Tuesday's Presidential election that have no audit trail and cannot effectively be recounted. Discrepancies between the exit polls and the reported election results are hard to investigate because there is no independent paper record of all the individual votes. And those electronic voting machines have inner workings that are trade secrets and the reports of the certification tests for them are also trade secrets.

If you believe that voting systems should be open and publicly inspectable, then please join the Open Voting Consortium at The Open Voting Consortium is a group dedicated to the promotion of *open* voting systems. We recently demonstrated a prototype system that was called a "Touch

Screen Holy Grail" by the San Jose Mercury News. We helped pass SB1438 in California to require voting machines to have a paper trail. And we helped pass ACR242 in California that directed the study of using open source in electronic voting machines.

In the coming months, we plan to promote similar legislation in other states. We also plan to continue development of open voting systems. Help begin a process to 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. Visit the Open Voting Consortium at and donate or become a supporting member today.

Best regards, Arthur

Arthur M. Keller, Ph.D., 3881 Corina Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303-4507