Re: Dan Rather investigates the ivotronic

From: charlie strauss <cems_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Tue Aug 14 2007 - 15:47:53 CDT

Given the industry friendly make-up of the EAC and the havoc that would result if ES&S, given it's market share, were decertified before the presidential primaries, one expects very little to come from this emabarrasment.

It also points to issues to think about for Open Voting Consortium. It's not exactly clear what the provenance of the open source component software or the hardware possibilities are. Just who made or assembled all the parts in that PC? Who wrote Linux or Python? People who check things in may not be the ones who write it. Any code from nations on some State-Department watch list?

Presumably systems based on Windows have similar problems but at least origins probably can be answered.

hardware is another matter: I wonder how far down they really want to know about manufacturing.

Since ES&S has been caught and admitted to lieing about representing software as certified when it was not and diebold appeared to have shipped QC-failed units to Utah. And Now Dan Rather is reporting ES&S shipped QC failed units to florida. It's really time these transgressions get severe punishment even if the company is large and havoc would ensue. The fragility of the system is not a good reason to perpetuate it.

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