Re: Fw: Preventing Election Fraud

From: Michael Hay <michael_dot_hay_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Mon Nov 15 2004 - 08:12:42 CST

Hmm. Just a thought on development. Would any of the OSS groups that
elect boards--like the GNOME Foundation--want to use a version of OVC
to elect their members? This might generate another way to promote
usage of the system and touch more people.

Michael

On Sun, 14 Nov 2004 10:14:47 -0800, Alan Dechert
<alan@openvotingconsortium.org> wrote:
> FYI, nice plug from Eric Raymond.
>
> Alan D.
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Eric S. Raymond" <esr@thyrsus.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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