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  • ken
    ... Subject: [CASE_OH] edwards campaign supports open source voting systems Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2007 20:00:46 -0000 Reply-To: CASE_OH@yahoogroups.com To:
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      Subject: [CASE_OH] edwards campaign supports "open source" voting systems
      Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2007 20:00:46 -0000
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      June 27, 2007


      Alan Dechert, 916-772-5360
      President, Open Voting Consortium
      9560 Windrose Lane
      Granite Bay, CA 95746


      GRANITE BAY, CA -- John Edwards has become the first presidential
      candidate to support "open source code" for election systems. In a
      letter dated June 21st addressed to Alan Dechert, the Edwards campaign
      stated that, "To ensure security, these machines should be programmed
      with an open source code for complete transparency, and election
      results should be safeguarded by voter-verified paper records."

      Currently, software used in election systems remains the proprietary
      property of vendors. This situation has created a continual problem
      when anomalous results have been reported and independent experts are
      denied the ability to review how the systems work. A growing body of
      critics oppose this privatization of the voting system.

      "Open source" means that the computer instructions written by
      programmers are publicly available. Open source software is rapidly
      replacing proprietary software in other applications, including the
      Internet and military applications.

      "We congratulate Senator Edwards for taking a leadership role in the
      fight to restore public oversight of the voting system," said Alan
      Dechert, president of Open Voting Consortium.

      Open Voting Consortium (OVC) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit California
      corporation that seeks to bring about a fully public voting system.
      OVC has offered free consulting services to all the major presidential
      candidates -- Republican as well as Democratic. OVC has not endorsed
      any candidate for president and is unlikely to do so.
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