Re: Bowen opposes legislative proposal

From: Ronald Crane <voting_at_lastland_dot_net>
Date: Tue Jan 27 2009 - 19:19:27 CST

Alan Dechert wrote:
> From: "Brian Behlendorf"
>> Or were there objections other than the waiver of certification
>> requirement?
>>
> It's a matter of responsibility. It's putting reponsibility on the
> secretary when she'd rather point the finger elsewhere.
It is no small task to develop and debug a body of regulations intended
to ensure that the state certifies only voting systems that meet some
minimum standards of security, transparency, reliability of operation,
usability/accessibility, serviceability, reliability of support, and so
on. That the system(s) you propose will (if properly assembled) contain
an open-source OS and an open-source voting application does not obviate
the need to establish and enforce regulations governing all of these
criteria. That will require consulting with many experts and advocacy
groups, will require hiring people to do that, and will then require a
lengthy public review process. All this costs effort and (more to the
point these days) money.

-R

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