Re: Daily Kos vote

From: Bev Harris <bev_at_blackboxvoting_dot_org>
Date: Tue Oct 20 2009 - 19:34:32 CDT

> but is a
> political " non-starter" due to volume and costs- .

This is a non-argument, I'm afraid. I heard precisely the same argument in 2002
when people criticized DREs. I heard precisely the same argument in 2004 on the
cost of having a "paper trail."

Please, let's deal with issues of substance, not just parrot the industry
talking points about this or that being impossible. It wasn't impossible for
Germany, Ireland, and next from what I hear, the Netherlands. Of course, each
of these locations is beginning to deal with the core issue, human rights.

That said, I think we'd be in a world of hurt if we tried to force-feed hand
counts into hostile territory at this very instant. But open source simply does
not meet the test for human rights, though it does chip away at some important
enablers for theft of human rights, most importantly by removing financial
incentives (one hopes) and by removing claims to trade secrecy.

You still need an understandable way for the public to authenticate all
essential components of the election, not after the fact but on Election Night.
Certain parallel concepts can meet the test, but simply exchanging open source
for closed source does not by itself meet the test.

Bev Harris
Founder - Black Box Voting

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