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From: Jan Karrman <jan_at_it_dot_uu_dot_se>
Date: Fri Oct 27 2006 - 02:27:05 CDT,0,6000921.column?coll=bal-local-headlines

Diebold's secret code keeps voters in the dark


Diebold and other proprietary software vendors argue that open source
software stifles innovation. What they mean is that there's no profit
in developing code that everyone else can emulate.

But here's my bottom line: I don't want "innovative" software to
protect the integrity of my elections. I want reliable, verifiable

Want to see how this might work? For years a group of California-based
computer scientists and political activists called the Open Voting
Consortium has been pushing for an open source election system that
can run on a variety of computers, including Diebold's touch-screen

Its key components are open source software and electronic terminals
whose only job is to produce printed ballots that voters can verify
before they're submitted to scanners for recording. In case of
malfunction or disputes, the verified ballots are always available for
rescanning or even counting by hand.

You can try out the group's amusing sample ballot online at

A system like this is something we can develop here - and should - as
soon as this crazy election is over.

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