On November 2nd, millions of invisible ballots created with secret software were counted. Or were they? Ask for a recount and someone will push a button and get the same number. The vast majority of computer scientists say we should not entrust democracy to these voting machines (called Direct Record Electronic or "DRE").
Were those votes handled correctly? Vendors and election officials say, "trust us." But why should we? Any advantages DREs offer can be improved upon by using computerized ballot-printing machines that leave people in control of elections. What if we could print out our completed ballots on-the-spot in the voting booth using an inexpensive computerized machine with the advantages of paperless DREs (no need for a pre-printed ballot, assistance for voters with disabilities or non-English languages) but none of the disadvantages?
Major newspapers from coast-to-coast have endorsed the concept of public software and paper ballots that the Open Voting Consortium is promoting. The San Jose Mercury news called the OVC system the "Holy Grail." [ link ]
OVC is working on a secure voting system that produces a printed ballot that is verifiable -- even by reading impaired voters. Leading computer scientists and voting technology experts from major universities are actively engaged in the work of the OVC. All components including software will be publicly inspectable. But institutions are supporting business as usual.
Please try our web demo voting system that allows you to enter your votes and see a ballot as it would be printed in a polling station.
The on-going support of a thousand or more supporting memberships at $10 per month will help bring the OVC solution to our voting booths. Our immediate goal is 1,000 memberships.