Fw: Preventing Election Fraud

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Sun Nov 14 2004 - 12:14:47 CST

FYI, nice plug from Eric Raymond.

Alan D.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Eric S. Raymond" <esr_at_thyrsus_dot_com>
To: "Mark A. Baker" <p-syrus@excite.com>
Cc: <editorial@nytimes.com>; <osi@opensource.org>; <letters@latimes.com>;
<letters@washpost.com>
Sent: Saturday, November 13, 2004 5:46 PM
Subject: Re: Preventing Election Fraud

> Mark A. Baker <p-syrus@excite.com>:
> > There is a simple, inexpensive remedy which would do much toward
> > diminishing future controversies over possible election fraud. That
> > would be to mandate that any electronic voting system implemented for
> > civic elections be required to implement Open Source Software (see
> > www.opensource.org).
> >
> > The Open Source Community's demonstrated ability to rapidly develop and
> > support secure, reliable & inexpensive software in an open public forum
> > aptly serves the public interest in fair & open elections.
> >
> > Mark A. Baker
> > Long Beach, California
>
> The Open Source Initiative agrees that open-source software is
> *necessary* if voting systems are to have the transparency which
> voters and citizens rightly demand. However, we also agree with the
> many experts who have observed that open source is not by itself
> sufficient. Electronic voting systems also require a tamper-resistant
> audit trail in hardcopy.
>
> We are very pleased to be able to point you at the excellent work of
> the Open Voting Consortium, <http://www.openvotingconsortium.org/>,
> which has the technology ready for electronic voting systems that are
> transparent, accountable, tamper-resistant, and inexpensive. All that
> is presently lacking is the widespread political will to deploy them.
>
> (OSI has not issued a formal policy statement on electronic voting, but it
> has been discussed among Board members and in our constituency.
> The open-source community consensus on this position is wide, clear, and
> strong.)
> --
> Eric S. Raymond
>
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