From: emanuele lombardi <vote_at_electronic-vote_dot_org>
Date: Thu Sep 06 2007 - 19:05:16 CDT

Good morning to everybody.
My name is Emanuele Lombardi and I joined your group to ask for your help
about Open Source voting.

We all know that Open Source ensures verifiability of software, but how can
we be sure that a computer really runs the Open Source software it is
supposed to run? It is not a silly question because reading and checking a
source code is obviously useless if the computer doesn't run it. The use of
Open Source could even be dangerous because it can generate in common people
confidence in something that doesn't deserve it.

In electronic voting the problem is huge since elections involve thousands
and thousands of computers that run all together for a period of time that
is too short (about 12 hour) to allow proper testing of all computers.

I think voters and parties shouldn't trust any voting computer that comes to
polling stations already installed and ready to go. We shouldn't trust those
computers even if we are told they run Open Software, because nobody can
verify what they really run during elections.

I was trying to work out an electronic voting system that could minimize the
risks of hacked software and fraud made by Administrations, thus I wrote
down ClearSoftware, a new method of making, installing and running software
that gives confidence on what actually runs on a computer.

Since the method is based on Open Source and it can be used in elections,
I'd really like to know your expert opinion about it.

If you have time, please point your browser at

If you want to have a look at the Open Source voting system I worked out,
please go to Of course I welcome any remarks
about the voting system as well.
Thank you very much for any help,
Emanuele Lombardi

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