Re: [OVC-discuss] Wired: Nation's First Open Source Election Software Released

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Mon Oct 26 2009 - 15:39:32 CDT

Remember, this is the same Kim Zetter that wrote this b.s. article about
the Australian open source voting system.

http://www.wired.com/techbiz/media/news/2003/11/61045

There never was an Australian open source voting system. I debunked
that claim several times, and needed to debunk it again because ETC
repeated some of the same garbage
(http://www.wired.com/techbiz/media/news/2003/11/61045 )

Anyway, the truth of the matter may require a little digging.

The main thing I get from this is that Dean Logan is serious about going
for an open source solution. I've been saying that for a while, and this
confirms it.

It appears that OSDV is trying to take advantage of the spade work done
by OVC. What if they joined OVC?

I see no evidence that OSDV has thought through the architectural issues
and standards issues and business model issues as OVC has done.

I don't understand the part about OSDV's registration system. CA
recently awarded a contract for that to a company in Chicago.

http://www.catconsult.com/content/news/news_detail.aspx?nID=157&t=Catalyst%20Awarded%20California%20Statewide%20Voter%20Registration%20System%20(VoteCal)%20Contract%20&yID=2009

http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/votecal_home.htm

Anyway, I think the OVC idea will compete well against all comers. In
our meeting Sep 28th, Logan said he would make his recommendation to the
Board of Supervisors in June of next year. It's been 8.5 years since LA
Supervisor Antonovich ask the LA Reg Recorder for a feasibility study of
my idea (http://www.openvotingconsortium.org/ad/antonovich32201.pdf ).
And it's been 6+ years since OVC started with this discussion list.
Another 6 months or so won't kill us. We have to show up for the
meetings and respond to what's going on there. We have to make our
points. We have the right idea. I think that idea will prevail.

Alan D.

On Mon, 2009-10-26 at 12:12 -0700, Arthur Keller wrote:
> http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2009/10/open-source
>
> Nation's First Open Source Election Software Released
>
> * By Kim Zetter Email Author
> * October 23, 2009 |
> * 12:14 pm |
> * Categories: E-Voting, Elections
>
> LOS ANGELES - A group working to produce an open
> and transparent voting system to replace current
> proprietary systems has published its first
> batches of code for public review.

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