Should Voting Machine Software Be Open Source?

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Seriously, though.

Oh, No Reason, Wednesday, 3 November 2004 06:21 (seventeen years ago) link

Somewhat to my surprise, you had the option of using paper ballots at my polling station if you didn't want to vote electronically.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 3 November 2004 06:24 (seventeen years ago) link

absolutely. Everyone can understand how a box and a wax seal works. The widest number of people should be able to scrutinise and understand any other system.

Ed (dali), Wednesday, 3 November 2004 06:24 (seventeen years ago) link

Ned, I heard they were doing that in quite a few places.

The thought occurs that they would just feed it into the machine for you, though.

Oh, No Reason, Wednesday, 3 November 2004 06:47 (seventeen years ago) link

paper ballots are just as corruptable as electronic ballots.

there's no way to completely eliminate all voter sabotage.

twiki's ho and dr. theo slapping ass, Wednesday, 3 November 2004 06:50 (seventeen years ago) link

I agree there's no way to completely eliminate fraud, but that's no reason to make it easy. And effectively impossible to detect.

Oh, No Reason, Wednesday, 3 November 2004 06:58 (seventeen years ago) link

Making voting software open-source is an obvious Yes. The politicians will never go for it, though, because of all the lobbyists claiming that open source Harms Big Business.

caitlin (caitlin), Wednesday, 3 November 2004 08:25 (seventeen years ago) link

we don't need voting software. it is a trap

LE CHUCK!™ (ex machina), Wednesday, 3 November 2004 08:26 (seventeen years ago) link

Open source has increased competition. Competition = healthier business

Core of Sphagnum (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 3 November 2004 08:26 (seventeen years ago) link

My sense is that it would be argued against (read: shouted down) by conflating it with non-secret ballots.

Of course, this will never become a big issue.

But it should.

Oh, No Reason, Wednesday, 3 November 2004 08:35 (seventeen years ago) link

five years pass...

This is where New Yorkers should post any nightmarish experiences of our first-ever paper-ballot election.

kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 14 September 2010 14:07 (eleven years ago) link


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