Saturday, April 25, 2009

E-Voting Firms Recognize That Open Source Software Exists... But Seem Confused About What It Means

I really do not like the concept of E-voting.
Paper ballots and their "hanging chads" while time consuming to count and not at all perfect,
are still physically tangible.
And it does not take an advanced degree in micro-processor technologies
to re-count the votes if there is a challenge by the losing side in a close race.
If the Florida votes in dispute during the 2000 Bush-Gore Presidential race had been Internet-Cast-Votes, history may have been different,
Maybe not, but I would not choose to risk it. To have the core of the American democratic process become an activity of cyber-space
is something I find spooky.
Hackers have proven to be some of the most talented minds of our time and there has yet to be a cyber-system that has been made impregnable to attack. When it come to voting for President or anything else, I would rather take my chances with the

---E-Voting Firms Recognize That Open Source Software Exists... But Seem Confused About What It Means
from the not-too-surprising dept
We've never quite understood why e-voting software shouldn't be required to be public information. For the sake of actually allowing an open and transparent voting system, it's hard to understand how any governing body would allow proprietary software to be used. There's simply no way you can prove that the system is fair and transparent if the counting mechanism is totally hidden away. For years, the big e-voting firms have simply shrugged this off, but it looks like they're at least open to discussing it. A trade group representing the big e-voting firms has put out a whitepaper discussing open source voting systems, where all they really do is show that they don't actually understand much about open source technologies.