OT: [Fwd: edwards campaign supports "open source" voting systems]
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Subject: [CASE_OH] edwards campaign supports "open source" voting systems
Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2007 20:00:46 -0000
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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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