Re: Wired: Nation's First Open Source Election Software Released

From: Bev Harris <bev_at_blackboxvoting_dot_org>
Date: Mon Oct 26 2009 - 19:20:56 CDT

> If it is truly open-source, this is a good thing.

My, oh my oh my. This one is annointed, and that's generally NOT a good thing;
it generally means some political skids were greased. Whatd'ya bet the Senate
antitrust hearing decides to push open source -- but not just any open source
(read: Not Open Voting Consortium, which will be ignored like the red-headed
stepchild at the family reunion.) Nope. Steering everything to this newer

This is an old political strategy, you know. When the greatest enfranchiser of
all time registered so many new Hispanic voters people's heads popped off, back
in the 800s, suddenly comes a new upstart well funded politically greased group
to "register Hispanic voters." Siphoned off the funding and the press, the
original brilliant guy ended up bankrupt.

Open Voting Consortium was picking up steam. Getting traction. Suddenly out of
nowhere comes the old Holt-bill pushing crowd, claiming they have "26 states on
board". Plenty of funding. Plenty of promises.

But again, you gotta wonder: They are "releasing the code" but not all of the
code. To which I can only comment: Strange, but true.

Bev Harris
Founder - Black Box Voting

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