Re: Odd article about someone running 'open source' on a Diebold Acuvote

From: Joseph Lorenzo Hall <joehall_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Fri Apr 07 2006 - 17:12:10 CDT

On 4/6/06, Edmund R. Kennedy <ekennedyx@yahoo.com> wrote:
> <http://www.govtech.net/news/news.php?id=99062>

Hey all,

So, it turns out that Steve Willet (of Voting Solutions) is actually
here in the East Bay. I met with him today and had a fascinating
conversation. It turns out that the ChoicePlus software doesn't run
resident on the AccuVote-OS but instead takes converted vote data and
does an IRV/STV calculation. Apparently, this was first developed to
support proportional representation-like elections with the Berkeley
student government (ASUC) elections but since then has been used in
school board, city council and board of directors elections in a
number of places including New York City, Cambridge, MA (which has had
STV voting since the '30s!!!) and Burlington, VT.

The only piece of the code that they didn't write was a JBuilder
graphics library that is used to draw a window on the screen in case
of a tie. If the graphics library dependency could be replaces with
an open source graphics library, it would be distributable (and I
believe their intention is to release under the GPL).

best, Joe

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Joseph Lorenzo Hall
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