Re: Bowen opposes legislative proposal

From: Jim Tobias <tobias_at_inclusive_dot_com>
Date: Tue Feb 03 2009 - 09:49:41 CST

It may be that Secretary Bowen assumes that an open source solution will be
delivered by a for-profit company a la RedHat, rather than adopted and
implemented by election officials. Isn't that really a more reasonable
model?

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Richard Dawson [mailto:rcdawson@att.net]
> Sent: Tuesday, February 03, 2009 9:35 AM
> To: Open Voting Consortium discussion list
> Subject: Re: [OVC-discuss] Bowen opposes legislative proposal
>
> On Tuesday 03 February 2009 01:51:35 Arthur Keller wrote:
> > At 9:35 PM -0800 1/27/09, Richard Dawson wrote:
> > >I for one am extremely disappointed in the Secretary of State's
> > >decision to not support a bill that would, at essentially
> no cost to
> > >the state, remove the financial barrier that impedes progress
> > >towards implementation of an open-source voting system in
> > >California. The fact that Debra Bowen campaigned as a strong
> > >advocate of open source software just makes my
> disappointment more bitter.
> > >
> > >I was personally assured by Ms. Bowen that she would
> support the use
> > >of open source software in California's elections.
> >
> > You are assuming that Ms. Bowen has changed her mind regarding
> > supporting open source. We do not have evidence that such is the
> > case. All we have evidence of is that Ms. Bowen does not support
> > creating an exception or a special process for open source.
> >
> > Best regards,
> > Arthur
>
> I am still assuming that Ms. Bowen recognizes the benefits of
> open source.
> Furthermore, I am generally satisfied with Ms. Bowen's
> service as Secretary of State (and previously as my assembly
> member and then senator.) My disappointment arises from what
> appears to me to be a lack of aggressive action to encourage
> development of an open source solution to for vote collecting
> and tabulation.
>
> What she has done, and I only realized recently, is to
> include weighting favoring open source software in the
> evaluation of proposals for the statewide voter registration
> database that is now in the request for proposal state. It
> is probably too late to meet the deadlines for proposals, but
> the request is up on the website for any who might be up to
> the challenge.
>
> This could be the foot in the door open source needs. Would
> OVC be able to take it on? Perhaps an extension for
> proposals could be granted.
>
>
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