Re: The Bill -- version A

From: Teresa Hommel <tahommel_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Thu Jan 26 2006 - 19:52:39 CST

John and Mary Q. Public cannot review the software because they are not computer-savvy. They can be forced to trust vendors, or they can be forced to trust computer-savvy folks who read the vendors source code and say, "yep, it's ok."

Either way, the average non-technical voter or interested citizen can't evaluate source code, and cannot effectively observe election procedures that take place in a computer.

Teresa Hommel

-----Original Message-----
>From: Joseph Lorenzo Hall <>
>Sent: Jan 26, 2006 12:31 PM
>To: Open Voting Consortium discussion list <>
>Subject: Re: [OVC-discuss] The Bill -- version A
>On 1/26/06, Ron Crane <> wrote:
>> You must be referring to the 5th Amendment's prohibition on compelled
>> self-incrimination. I'd love to hear vendors argue that one.
>nope... you'll have to wait a bit to hear more. I apologize. -Joe
>> I'm interested in your reasoning. Why shouldn't the public be able to
>> review the software that handles its votes? Why should vendors -- who, after
>> all, are really fiduciaries of the public trust of handing our votes -- be
>> able to hide what they're doing? Why should the public be forced to trust
>> the "experts"?
>I personally think that the public should be able to review the
>software. more later, Joe
>Joseph Lorenzo Hall
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