Re: The Bill -- version A

From: Arthur Keller <voting_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Thu Jan 26 2006 - 23:45:24 CST

And I can't participate in every public hearing I'd like to because
of lack of time. Should we not have public hearings because some
segment of the population can't attend them? No, of course not. The
key issue is that anyone should be able to review the source code,
whether they comprehend the source code is another matter.
Similarly, everyone should access to the text of all legislation, but
people without law degrees or other specialized knowledge may not be
aware of the implications of specific legislation.

Best regards,

At 5:52 PM -0800 1/26/06, Teresa Hommel wrote:
>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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