Re: Reviving EVM2003

From: Edmund R. Kennedy <ekennedyx_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Mon Jul 19 2004 - 10:52:48 CDT

Hello All:
 
Living, dead or imaginary, let's try not to use those currently running for or serving in elective office. Obviously this will not preclude others from inputing any candidate names that they want in the upcoming revision of the evm-mix that will allow that. Till then, let's not unduly annoy people.
 
Thanks, Ed Kennedy

Karl Auerbach <karl@cavebear.com> wrote:

On Sun, 18 Jul 2004, Liam Helmer wrote:

> I see no contradiction with using dead candidates... I just want to see
> software that'll be more compelling in terms of us getting funding.

Make sure they are really and sincerly dead - it's amazing how often names
like "Alioto" come up, for example, in San Francisco.

As for writing software that will be compelling - one message that came
through very loud and clear from the Calif Sec. of State's office is that
the resulting system has to:

- Accomodate absentee ballots. The reason for this is that counties
won't buy off on an incomplete solution - that they want one package from
one vendor.)

- Be a professional, complete, package. The reason for this is that the
system needs to convey the right image, that of a focused professionally
designed system and not something gaff-taped together. As a systems
person I undertand that gaff-tape is not to be laughed at (duct-tape is,
however, another matter ;-) But we have to remember that there is a lot
of perception and emotion in all of this, both at the county
administrative level and in the minds of voters.

I addition, it's my sense that bad releases of code can be more than a
little damaging to perceptions. I suspect that Diebold and others are
going to come out of the gate with both guns blazing the first time that
an Open Source voting system has a flaw.

--karl--

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