What's Wrong with current systems

From: Arthur Keller <voting_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Mon May 16 2005 - 19:42:55 CDT

Last week, Ron and others took a crack at writing the "what's wrong
with current systems" section of our draft proposal. However, the
material was too general. Since the proposal is to build an open
source reliable central tallying system and an open source optical
scan ballot system, we should specifically talk about what's wrong
with those existing systems, notably Diebold's GEMS.

Specific problems with specific systems is what I need.

The kinds of issues are:

Database limitations from using Access (and why this causes problems).
Ability to edit database without going through GEMS.
Problems with audit trails (e.g., lack of immutability).
Ranked preference voting.
Reporting (down to precinct level).
Security and networking.
Use of passwords and logins.
Lack of interoperability.
Closed source (not open source).

Anyone willing to take a crack at these kinds of issues with specific
cites or examples?

Thanks.

Best regards,
Arthur

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