TrustTheVote™ (TTV) is the flagship project of the Open Source Digital Voting Foundation (OSDV) for its mission to re-invent how America votes in a digital democracy. The TTV project has an ambitious and aggressive road map, schedule, and projected deliverables that can be “seen, touched, and tried.”
However, we are realistic about the size of the undertaking, and the challenges of adoption for the resulting technology trust. The project has a mandate to make demonstrative progress by the 2010 mid-term national elections, delivering applicable, actionable, and useful results for some of the “choke points” that currently exist in the efficient running of elections with current proprietary solutions. These areas the Foundation seeks to impact by 2010 include: voter registration, ballot design, ballot tabulation and auditing.
The TTV project is a digital public works project, creating freely available, non-proprietary technology that is maintained as a public trust. Open source technology and practices are a key aspect of a public works project, and a critical ingredient in the TTV recipe for creating public trust in election technology, via technologically enabled transparency.
TTV’s approach to transparency is to be an enabler for “open government” in U.S. elections, a first-ever demonstration that election technology can capture all the details of all the digital processes of election, and publish these details so that the public can see exactly what public servants are doing in pursuit of the public’s business of operating elections.