Re: Baltimore Sun article

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Fri Oct 27 2006 - 11:00:42 CDT

Nice article, again, from Mike Himowitz.

I'll forward this to people I met there last month.

Alan D.

> Diebold's secret code keeps voters in the dark
> [clip]
> 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
> software.
> 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
> terminals.
> 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.
> /Jan
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