The Open Vote Project is an open source effort to develop free software for Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) voting machines. Based on the Australian System, where source code is freely published for public review, the Open Vote Project's initial goals are to make a touchscreen voting system fully compatible with California election law, including a voter verifiable receipt and easy access for the disabled. Once accomplished, the project will then expand into a global standard for secure, reliable, and full featured voting machine software, including features such as multi-lingual ballots, vote-anywhere technology, and onsite voter registration.
The Open Voting Consortium (OVC) is creating a trustworthy, cost effective, voter verifiable voting system using open source software components on industry standard computers.. A primary element of this Open Voting system is the use of software through which the voter creates a printed paper ballot containing his or her choices. Before casting his or her ballot the voter may use other, independently programmed, computers to validate that the ballot properly reflects the voter's choices. The paper ballot is cast by placing it into a ballot box. Once cast, that paper ballot is the authoritative record of the voter's choices for the election and for any recount of that election. Open Voting ballots are machine readable and may be tabulated (and verified and re-tabulated in the case of a recount) either by computer or by hand.
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