[Novalug] [OT] Dead People voting was - Open source voting machine
Charles M Howe
cmhowe at patriot.net
Sat Nov 7 00:25:55 EST 2009
Here in Alexandria we use a voting machine named "eSlate", manufactured
bya company called Hart Intercivic. I recommend it to any jurisdiction.
It cannot be put online. The results are called in at the end of the day
and both parties eyeball the result.
(1) The eSlate's software has been audited, I was told (several years
ago). I suppose the os was Linux.
(A professor of computer science named Avi Ruben wrote a book several
years ago called "Brave New Ballot". Among other things he describes his
battles with a Maryland election official . She was absolutely certain
that nothing could go wrong, but she didn't convince me. She trusted
In that connection, I once heard the Arlington County Elections defend
Diebold, but here also I was unconvinced. She respected Diebold's right
to shield their proprietary software. I couldn't get the floor, but if I
had I would have asked why, when she was told that, she didn't tell him
not to let the door hit him in the butt on his way out.
I don't know for sure, but I suppose that one reason 2hy jurisdictions
cling to their Diebold/ES&S/Sequoia machines is because of the money
they have tied in them. If I were in their shoes I would invite a
responsible group, or more than one, to take a machine, wipe out the
software and invite them to write software using the machine. Subject to
audit, of course.
On Fri, 2009-11-06 at 18:36 -0500, Bonnie Dalzell wrote:
> On Fri, 6 Nov 2009, Sean McGowan wrote:
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