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Departure of Verified Voting President & CEO

For Immediate Release:
March 8, 2007

Announcement of Departure of Verified Voting President & CEO

SAN FRANCISCO - Verified Voting Directors and Courtenay Strickland Bhatia today jointly announced Bhatia's departure from the post of President & CEO of the Verified Voting Foundation and

"We're grateful for all that Courtenay did to solidify Verified Voting's role in promoting greater transparency in all aspects of our electoral process, from registration to tabulation," said Verified Voting Founder and Stanford Computer Science Professor David Dill.

Under Bhatia's tenure, Verified Voting launched the Election Transparency Project, part of an ongoing effort to provide citizens and election officials with tools for observing key parts of the electoral process, such as pre-election testing of the machines and manual audits in states where those occur, as well as for assessing the level of accessibility to the entire voting process for voters with disabilities. Bhatia also led the organization in development of its preliminary statement of long-term goals, including the push toward an accessible voter-verified paper ballot for all.

"I'm happy to have had this opportunity to work with an organization that recognizes the importance of transparency and openness in our electoral process," said Bhatia. "Transparency is the key to identifying improvements that will increase voter confidence and participation," Bhatia added.

Both the Verified Voting Foundation and will continue their efforts to achieve reliable and publicly verifiable elections.


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