NYSBOE Resolution on Certification Testing Fees

From: Doug Kellner <dkellner_at_elections_dot_state_dot_ny_dot_us>
Date: Fri Nov 16 2007 - 17:31:11 CST

I want to stress that, while I think it makes more sense for the federal
government to pick up the expense of testing open source software for voting
systems, it is still very much in the interest of individual states like New
York to pay these costs. New York alone would stand to save millions over
the long run by promoting open source, not to mention the benefits of
improved transparency and security.

Douglas A. Kellner
Co-Chair
New York State Board of Elections

Tel. (212) 889-2821
Fax (212) 684-6224

Charlie:

I believe that the text of the resolution that I proposed addresses the
concerns that you have raised.

Obviously, it makes more sense that this be done at the federal level
because, just as it is inequitable to make a vendor pay for the cost of
testing open source software, it is unfair that any one state should have to
pay the cost of testing the product.

Douglas A. Kellner
Co-Chair
New York State Board of Elections

Tel. (212) 889-2821
Fax (212) 684-6224

From: charlie strauss <cems@earthlink.net>
Reply-To: charlie strauss <cems@earthlink.net>, Open Voting Consortium
discussion list <ovc-discuss@listman.sonic.net>
Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2007 15:28:38 -0500 (EST)
To: <dak@khgflaw.com>, Open Voting Consortium discussion list
<ovc-discuss@listman.sonic.net>
Subject: Re: [OVC-discuss] NY -- Village Voice on Open Source Voting
Machines

So what is the right solution? Assuming it actually costs 1 Million to test
a system how should this be paid. Should states simply accept all comers
and eat the cost?

Seems like a compromise position might be
1) have some sort of filter or initial hearing to reject impractical systems
2) then high level testing for free.

perhaps the filter could be requests from a sufficient number of Clerks for
access to the system or past sales in the state.

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