Trust the Vote: An Open Source Digital Public Works Project

Accepted Session
Short form
Scheduled: Thursday, June 18, 2009 from 1:45 – 2:30pm in Steel


If you have ever wanted to know what you can do to make a difference in our electoral process, then this talk is for you.


The cornerstone of our democracy is the vote. In a digital democracy the substance of that cornerstone is technology. The free market enterprise experiment brought about by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 has essentially failed. No longer can the most vital process of our democracy be delivered by proprietary technology. The very thing supposed to deliver us from the hanging chad has all but dissolved trust in how our votes are cast and counted. It’s time to shift away from black box voting, and move toward glass box voting.

To restore trust in how America votes, the underlying technology of elections must be put into a public technology trust, because voting technology itself is becoming critical democracy infrastructure. For over two years an under-the-radar Silicon Valley project has been working on precisely that. Starting with a clean slate, the Open Source Digital Voting Foundation has been re-thinking the entire ballot ecosystem. That project, called TrustTheVote, is making steady progress and is now expanding, thanks to substantial financial backing and support from well-known tech sector philanthropists.

This talk will present the TrustTheVote project and the “I count!” movement. It will cover the technology roadmap, progress so far, and next steps, including expansion of development efforts and opportunities for involvement in design and construction of trustworthy voting technology that everyone will be able to see, touch, and try—technology that will be fully federally certified and have the endorsement of the States’ elections directors through a unique approach that can ensure widespread adoption.

Speaking experience


  • Miller


    Gregory Miller is Chief Development Officer of the Open Source Digital Voting Foundation. He has 29+ years experience in the tech sector, divided between software development and technology business development. Greg is also a (non-practicing) IP lawyer involved in technology public policy. He has deep product management experience and has spent the past seven years working in venture capital advising start-up companies, and in the last two years has immersed himself in elections and voting technology. Greg is dedicated to restoring trust in elections through open source, open data, open process, and open standards voting technology.