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Licensing Details (EVMPL)

Wed, 03 Sep 2003 16:59:05 -0000

After discussion on the mailing list, the EVM2003 project agreed that source files should be licensed under a modified GPL. We have sought FSF guidance and approval for our license, the EVMPL (v.1).

The EVMPL is identical to the GPL, with the exception of the following additional clause:

Copies of all or any part of this code may be used freely in non-voting
applications. Copies of all or part of this code may not be used in voting
applications unless the entire revision history relevant to the code in
question is retained and additions are made to reflect any and all
revisions to that part of the code that is copied.

The purpose of this additional clause is to assure that the special audit requirements for voting machine certification are met (or at least meet-able) by revisions to EVM.

For clarification:

Using the software for elections for public office or votes on public
measures is considered "distribution of software" under this agreement.

EVM Project Announcement

Fri, 08 Aug 2003 15:26:39 -0000

Silicon Valley Computer Scientists Team Up To Demonstrate Free Voting Machine Alan Dechert Friday, August 8, 2003 Scientists and engineers from the Silicon Valley have started a project aimed at developing a PC based voting machine they claim will be easier to use, more tamper-resistant, and cheaper than commercially available voting machines. The target for completion of the demonstration project is mid-October. If successful and fully funded, certified ready-to-use software could be available in about a year. Computerized voting offers many advantages over traditional systems, including, - The ability to easily handle multiple languages, - Meeting the needs of voters with disabilities, - Eliminates problems such as overvoting and other voter intent issues. High quality refurbished PC's that are only one generation old exist in great abundance and have more than enough power to make great voting machines. More than 25 million such PCs are retired annually in the United States alone. Less than 10 percent of these PCs would be needed for all the voting booths in the U.S. The concept has already been demonstrated in Australia where, in 2001, the Australian Capital Territory government commissioned the development of open source software to run on trailing-edge PCs set up in polling places as voting machines. The current open source software development project, known as EVM, includes participants from around the United States as well as developers from overseas. EVM will differ from the Australian system in several ways. Most importantly, the machine will include a printer from which a completed paper ballot will be produced. It will work with either a touch screen PC monitor or a regular PC monitor and mouse. The project developer, Alan Dechert, got EVM going with help from Stanford computer scientist David Dill, who referred several people to him. Arthur Keller, a UC Santa Cruz computer science professor, recruited one of his former students, Adrianne Yu Wang of San Jose, to be the Team Lead. Along with Ed Cherlin of Cupertino and Jack Walther of Santa Cruz, they chose to use the Python computer language for development of the demonstration system. Douglas W. Jones, a University of Iowa computer science professor and world-renowned expert on voting technology, is taking a very active role as advisor and mentor. Other volunteers include Dr. David Mertz of Massachusetts, a well-known writer on computer programming issues, who has also taken a very active role. Additional key people include QA Lead Matt Shomphe of Los Angeles, and Lead Developer Anand Pillai of Bangalore, India. Van Lindberg (Utah), Skip Montanaro (Illinois), Dennis Paull (California), and Matteo Giacomazzi (Italy) are all contributing their expertise to the project. Jay Tefertiller, Ben Strednak, and Steve Gardner of ISIS Technology (Oklahoma City) are developing the non-proprietary hardware design, and working on establishing a trade association, tentatively called the "Open Voting Consortium," that will establish and maintain high standards for the open voting hardware. The EVM project is using the services offered at, the world's largest Open Source software development web site, to store source code and documentation, track issues, and manage the project. Developers want to demonstrate a voting system where all components are open for public inspection and debate. Consistent with this idea, all aspects of the development of the software are open to the public also. The direct URL for the project is at, The demonstration standalone voting machines will be set up at strategic locations, for example, in the Silicon Valley area and Sacramento. A web based version will also be available so that anyone with Internet access can try out the look and feel of the system. EVM project proponents hope that this successful demonstration project will lead to a very large well-funded academic study that will capitalize on other efforts to bring about a m[...]