VOTES is a Verifiable Open Technology Election System. The concept was initially discussed during a 2016 Thanksgiving holiday gathering. Since then the idea continued to percolate here and there but due to a lack funding, no real progress was made. Regardless, a lot of time was spend coming up to speed on election and voting systems and issues thereof. Many thanks to the very knowledgable people at MIT who freely offered their time and knowledge.

However, as the 2020 US election draws near, we decided to make another go of VOTES. Specifically, we are currently working on a kickstarter campaign to raise the funds necessary to work on VOTES full time. Ideally there will be enough crowd source funding to support three full time people. However, funding just one person full time will be a significant start – all democracies need an open source voting and election system that is inherently trustworthy, secure, and End-to-end (E2E) verifiable by the electorate.

There is a public version of the repo on GitHub located at

We are looking for volunteers, particularly individuals who have video production and editing experience to help us complete a kickstarter video. If interested, please reach out – see Contacts. Thanks!

The first few seconds of the VOTES Kickstarter campaign video