Re: [OVC-discuss] draft of text for new OVC-sponsored bill

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Mon Jan 19 2009 - 21:32:24 CST

From: "cls" <cls@truffula.sj.ca.us>
> I want a solution
> that can blow the doors off the hand-marked, hand-counted,
> no-computers-in-the-whole-chain luddite bandwagon. ....
>
I don't think such a solution exists or can exist.

And we don't need it. We need something that's good -- much better than the
options currently available. In any case, the issue has nothing to do with
the bill. The bill, if SoS supports it, will give the open source community
a chance to develop and test software and hardware solutions -- and get them
certified and ready to use for federal elections.

All due respect, Cameron, I think the luddites you speak of are really not
typical at all of people in the wide wide world. The "luddite bandwagon"
has little horsepower. Very very few people want to spend election night
hand counting ballots. The vast majority of people like having technology
that can accomplish tasks more quickly and efficiently than manual methods.
Of course, there are risks with technology but there are risks with manual
methods.

AD

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