Open source principles

Open source development fosters transparency. And transparency leads to trust—a hallmark of free and fair elections. We are developing and maintaining technology for the TrustTheVote Project in a completely transparent manner. Anyone can review software for the Project—it’s on Github with lesser developed elements available directly from us. We are making the code freely available.

An open source philosophy is consistent with the public good. It’s a proven approach that has produced some of our greatest innovations: Android, Firefox, Linux, Wikipedia, WordPress and many more.

Stakeholders at the center

We believe in a work process that is collaborative and non-partisan. Our board members—and team—include all political stripes.

Our specification process is a joint effort. Election officials across the country are working with us to provide requirements, define standards, and have those standards adopted. To date, we have over 200 contributors from 26 states.

We use an online Request for Comment (“RFC”) community process—the same kind of process used to define the Internet—to develop requirements for the election technology framework.

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Data and technology standards

We believe in open data for an open government. We’re working with standards bodies—such as IEEE, NIST, and VIP—to ensure that standards for elections data are developed, confirmed, and adopted. We are also providing APIs and reference implementations to demonstrate the standards in practice.

Unlocking elections data will enable insights that will help us improve elections.