A complete set of technology to run elections

The TrustTheVote Project began in 2006 when we recognized a huge opportunity—bring open source development to election technology. We’ve set goals, learned along the way, and made a lot of progress. The TrustTheVote Project is creating a complete set of technology to run elections—the Open Source Election Technology Framework. The technology can be freely adopted or adapted by any election jurisdiction in the country.

Here are some of our milestones so far


  • Research U.S. voting systems technology to identify issues
  • Design development model for high-assurance, open-source technology
  • Create stakeholder community
  • Receive approval from several state elections directors for conceptual systems-level architecture


  • Release roadmap for voting and elections technology development
  • Deploy online voter registration service with Rock The Vote
  • Build prototype software for tabulation and election management services
  • Built prototype ballot scanning software
  • Partner with eight state voting jurisdictions to consult on design


  • Deploy voter management system and ballot design online service to states for 2012 general election
  • Field-test ballot casting and counting systems
  • Field-test election management system
  • Partner with major jurisdiction to install next-generation voting system


  • Create Digital Poll Book prototype on iPad
  • Receive Knight Foundation prototype grant
  • Work with standards bodies—IEEE and NIST—to develop open data standards
  • Achieve offcial 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status as a CA Public Benefits Organization
  • Release alpha version of Election Results Reporting System—Votestream
  • Change foundation name offcially to Open Source Election Foundation (OSET)

And some milestones to come


  • Deliver production candidate election management systems plus ballot casting and counting devices for test and evaluation with the goal of deploying in the 2020 election cycle
  • Achieve Federal Voting Systems certification status
  • Popularize states’ widespread adoption of open-source election systems that are publicly owned and maintained