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Friday, February 25, 2005

Texas E-voting Forum Open to the Public

Texas E-voting Forum Open to the Public

Public Comment Welcome at February 28 Meeting About E-voting

Texas - The ACLU and EFF recently won a preliminary
injunction in their lawsuit against the state of Texas
concerning whether its voting technology certification
meetings should be open to the public in accordance
with the Texas Open Meetings Act. As part of this
victory, Texas will hold its first-ever open public
meeting discussing proposed voting systems.

The meeting will take place on Monday, February 28,
from 8:30 a.m. until noon, in the 2nd floor conference
room of the Rusk Building (208 East 10th St., Austin).

"We're hoping that this meeting will open the door to
more public access to the voting systems selection
process in Texas, and will support reform efforts
being made in the Texas legislature," said Dan Wallach,
a professor of computer science at Rice University
and an expert in voting system security issues.

"Elections need to become more transparent across the
board," added Matt Zimmerman, staff attorney for EFF.
"Not only does election technology need to permit
voters to verify their votes, the process for
selecting that technology needs to be open to public
scrutiny. While this is a small step forward, and much
work remains to be done, it is nevertheless an important
step for the voters of Texas."

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