Over the past three years we have used this space to document our efforts to create a truly open source, standards based election reporting solution: VoteStream. At each step we have been guided by the needs of election professional and the ideals of the OSET Foundation: that a critical democracy infrastructure should be verifiable, accurate, secure, and transparent (in process).
Today we are excited to take the next step in that process. In partnership with the Knight Foundation, the TrustTheVote project is launching a round of beta testing for the next version of VoteStream. This round will continue to focus on the requirements of local election officials and solicit feedback from academics, journalists, and other stakeholders.
In past tests we demonstrated the ability of VoteStream to publish election results in an easily accessible format. This round will demonstrate the process of converting raw election data to the standard format published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
The beta round will be lead by Iain Padley, our new Director of Election Professional Stakeholder Engagement. Iain comes to OSET with experience in community and political organizing with a special emphasis on education issues. He has spent much of the past three years working with local and state election officials to leverage public data to drive increased civic engagement among educators.