2006/01/05

NC and WI Vote Open Source - Whither California?

Following Diebold's retreat from North Carolina in the face of election integrity laws. We now have Wisconsin with a new electronic voting machine law that could, and maybe should, become a model for the nation. Encompassing the open source software requirement, as well as the requirement for a paper trail, this law goes one step further by requiring that the tallying software also be able to validate the election result.

Bruce McPherson, the CA Secretary of State, has refused to recertify Diebold's touch-screen voting machines for the time being, but Diebold is by no means gone. This new Wisconsin law is a model for what should be put in place in California.

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On Wisonsin!
Thanks for keeping up on this. I've been a little withdrawn on it since the swarm ended and the holidays started.
Thanks for keeping up on this. I've been a little withdrawn on it since the swarm ended and the holidays started.

My pleasure--vested interest in the issue, you know.
Then there are the republicons in PA that claim that a paper trail is violating of privacy, when weighed against fraud.
Ah, those concerned republicans!!!
...a paper trail is violating of privacy, when weighed against fraud.
Ah, those concerned republicans!!!
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Yup nothing like the standard conservative smoke-screen.

Of course they neglect to mention that the paper trail is made available only to the voter to facilitate the electorate's ability to audit the election result. Wouldn't want that, now would we?
I could beat the living fuck out of the republicans who would make me vote on the existing diebold voting machine. Ignorant, arrogant assholes!

My rage could have something to do with my friends calling me an opensource zealot. :) Great job reporting this story... techdirt is good stuff too.

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