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eVote/Clerk -- Electronic Democracy Tool Kit INTRODUCTION "The Clerk" is a specialized database server, specialized to keep votes for a computer-connected community. "eVote(R)" is any user interface that uses The Clerk. eVote(R)/Clerk 2.5xx is the email user interface for taking polls amongst the members of email lists. It cooperates with Mailman or Majordomo listservers. FEATURES * Enables any member of an email list to generate a new poll for the group. * Polls can be: + Public - where everyone can see everyone's votes, or + Private - where no one can see anyone else's vote, or + If-Voted - where everyone can see who voted, but not how they voted. + Numeric - where votes are from 1 to 10, or -10 to 10, etc., or + Yes/No. + Visible - where everyone can see the tally while the poll is open, or + Hidden - where no one can see the results until the poll is closed. + Single item - or, + Grouped items - where participants vote for one of a number of choices, or for three of the choices, or they can distribute their 100 vote points over the choices. * Supports petitions. Petitions are generated and administered by the members of a "petition" list. Petition features: + Open for anyone to sign. + Supported in English, Spanish and French. + Can be: - Signature-only petitions - Petitions with voting items - Petitions with forms REQUIREMENTS You must be running Mailman or Majordomo on the Linux operating system. Mailman is written in Python and has a web-based interface. Majordomo is written in Perl and is email-only. To install Mailman, collect version 2.0.13 from http://sourceforge.net/projects/mailman. To install Majordomo, collect version 2.94.5 from http://www.greatcircle.com/majordomo. GETTING STARTED To install, please use the directions in the "Installation" chapter of ./doc/eVote.doc FOR MORE INFORMATION The complete eVote(R)/Clerk manual is in ./doc/eVote.doc. eVote's home page is: http://www.deliberate.com eVote's development is collaborated at: https://github.com/marilyndavis/evote/