Re: NY Times: Editorial Observer: What's Wrong WithMy Voting Machine?

From: Richard C. Johnson <dick_at_iwwco_dot_com>
Date: Tue Dec 05 2006 - 10:10:22 CST

Theresa,

The disclosure in NY law means ONLY that the State Board of Elections (and its hired ITA) must have access to archived source code. Microsoft has "generously" allowed such disclosure for its Windows CE product, meeting the NY requirements for some vendors. But, and this is a big one, the public is excluded from this disclosure.

-- Dick

Teresa Hommel <tahommel@earthlink.net> wrote: Actually NY law does require disclosure, and one problems is that the systems are based on Microsoft and the COTS source code can't be disclosed.

Teresa Hommel

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>From: charlie strauss
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>Subject: Re: [OVC-discuss] NY Times: Editorial Observer: What's Wrong WithMy Voting Machine?
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>The editorial was flawed in other ways too. They conflate es&s paper ballots with es&s touch screens in the sarasota debacle.
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>However in regard to them overlooking open source, you have to realize he was talking about demo systems and there are none that could meet NY state laws at this time. NY state law requires FULL face ballots. While there's no reason OVC could not produce a full face system in principle, at this time there is no such system to demonstrate in NY.
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>While NY has wisely delayed their decisions, they are under pressure to show the Justice department that they have a decision pathway that will lead to replacement of their lever machines. Thus if they can't include any system which is vaproware in their considerations. One could possibly get them to pass a law requiring open source. In that case they could rightly claim to Justice that they cannot locate nay machines that meet their requirements.
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