Utah Computer Scientists and Voting Experts respond to American attitudes about electronic voting.

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Fifteen Computer Scientists and voting experts, including Former CIO of the state of Utah under Governor Mike Leavitt, Phillip Windley, now Associate Professor of Computer Science at BYU, gave advice to Utah on voting equipment selection, and responded to a survey on American attitudes about electronic voting. Utah's computer scientists want Utah to research open source voting systems with voter verifiable paper ballots.

Fifteen Computer Scientists and voting experts released a response to “American Attitudes about Electronic Voting” Hall/Alvarez survey and gave advice on selecting voting equipment, at a Press Conference at the University of Utah Computer Science Dept, Merrill Engineering Building (MEB) on Thursday Sep. 23 10:30 a.m.

Please read the online Press Release: http://UtahCountVotes.org/Voting_systems.pdf

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Computer Science professors and voting experts, including Phillip Windley, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Bringham Young University and Former CIO of the state of Utah under Governor Leavitt, and Barbara Simons, IBM Research (ret), former president, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM is the largest association of computer professionals in America), released their response to the “American Attitudes about Electronic Voting” Survey, by Hall/Alvarez and offered advice to the Utah Election Office for selecting voting equipment.

The State of Utah is in the process of purchasing new voting machines, and computer experts are concerned that the “American Attitudes about Electronic Voting” survey could have a major adverse impact on that decision. We urge Utah’s Election office to write a more specific request for proposal (RFP) next spring that details the State’s real requirements, including open source, a voter verifiable paper ballot (VVPB), and allow sufficient time for a thorough review, including outside experts, to ensure that Utah’s voting system will be the most secure and trustworthy in America.

Questions from press are welcomed. The press release is available on-line at http://UtahCountVotes.org/Voting_systems.pdf

Press who cannot attend, are encouraged to email kathy@directell.com for telephone numbers to arrange interviews with members of our group.

Contact: Kathy Dopp, Utah Count Votes 435-608-1382, kathy@directell.com

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