The Open Voting Consortium has won support from a wide spectrum of election experts, elected officials, voting rights activists and people concerned about the future of Democracy throughout the world. Send us your picture and a statement of why you support OVC and join our gallery.
Ion Sancho, Election Commissioner
Leon County, Florida
The Florida 2000 election has changed our national electoral landscape forever. As more of our citizens demand proof that their votes are being counted properly, election officials are being challenged to show the public our election procedures and technologies are open and verifiable. Our reliance on complex technology to conduct elections only adds to our responsibility to provide a transparent process assuring Americans that their public interests are being served. Secret source codes, controlled by private parties and not accessible to the public, will only fuel the growing public skepticism over the integrity of our elections. We don't need any more promises of "just trust us", we need action, we need transparency, and we need it now! Secrecy only serves the interests of the inept or the corrupt. Fair and open elections in the twenty first century requires more, not less, transparency if our goal is to increase the public confidence in our elections.
Brian D. Newby, Election Commissioner
Johnson County, Kansas
I think we have to realize a vision where elections software is ubiquitous and interoperable between hardware vendors. Voting equipment providers today utilize proprietary software, effectively locking in the vendor for the foreseeable future. As communities grow their fleets of voting machines, replacing an entire fleet at once will be cost-prohibitive and utilizing two different systems is operationally restrictive. Thus, the ability to place systems out for re-bid is compromised. Without any realistic threat of being unseated as a provider of choice, even the best vendors will be less aggressive in developing system enhancements and will have a captive market for potential support price increases that will continue to drive up the cost of elections. Without ubiquitous software, I believe the long-term costs of elections will be increasing greatly, and most Americans, as well as policy makers, are unaware of the potential for impending increases.
Maxine Waters has served eight terms as the Congressional Reperesentative of the 35th Congessional District, which covers South Central Los Angeles and surrounding areas. She is a champion of election reform and was appointed as chair the Democratic Caucus Special Committee on Election Reform. Maxine favors the Open Voting Consortium approach because it provides a paper trail and accountability.
Global Exchange and Code Pink
Medea Benjamin is a well known San Francisco Bay Area progressive who has supported human rights and social justice struggles around the world. She is a leading activist in the peace movement and helped bring together the groups forming the coalition United for Peace and Justice. She is also a co-founder off Global Exchange and CODEPINK: Women for Peace, a women's group that has been organizing creative actions against the war and occupation of Iraq. Media is very concerned about the election system in the U.S. and supports the Open Voting Consortium solution.
Penny Little is a video producer with People to People TV and the maker of the film Electile Dysfunction, which is a 56 minute documentary that explores the story behind the scenes of the November 2004 Presidential election, showing a complicated and technical subject in lively montage style, interviews interlaced with dark humor, short animations and musical interludes. Penny favors Open Voting and the Open Voting Consortium’s system is mentioned in the “solutions” part of Little’s film.
Phd, Columbus State Community College
Bob Fitrakis is a Political Science Professor in the Social and Behavioral Sciences department at Columbus State Community College, where he won the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1991. He is also widely published, haivng written five books and dozens of articles for magazines and newspapers. He is the editor and a frequent contributer to the Free Press on line. Fitrakis was an Election Protection attorney on November 2, 2004 in Franklin County. He called the first public hearings on voter suppression and election irregularities and was one of four attorneys to file a challenge to Ohio's presidential elections results.
U.S. Count Votes
Kathy Dopp is the founder and President of US Count Votes, an organization formed to investigate the accuracy of our elections. Kathy works tirelessly to reform the electoral system, including sponsoring statistical analysis of exit polls that show conclusively that the Ohio Presidential election of 2004 should have been awarded to Kerry (See Problems page). About OVC: "It is the best system I have ever seen! This system has so many safe guards."
Dr. Curtis Ganns
Committee for the Study of the American Electorate
Dr. Curtis Gans is the vice president and founding director of the Committee for the Study of the American Electorate in Washington, D.C. He founded the non-profit, non-partisan research organization twenty-five years ago. Of OVC he says "Your method does, I believe, make possible a verifiable and user friendly system cheaply."
Alliance for Democracy (National Chair of Election Reform Committee)
Nancy is the National Chair of Election Reform for the Alliance for Democracy and the Oregon Voter Rights Coalition. The latter was formed to restore public ownership and oversight of elections, and to ensure the fundamental right of every American citizen to vote and to have each vote counted as intended in a secure, transparent, impartial, and independently audited election process. She supports the Open Voting Consortium in their mission to prgram open source software and to devise election safeguards like paper ballots with bar codes.