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Tab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-04-04 07:53 PM
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103. We have a way out
Edited on Thu Nov-04-04 07:55 PM by stupidgit
Please see this DU link
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

I'm a software architect by profession. I'm also secondarily a writer, thirdly an activist. I've been appalled by the "acceptance" of non-audited eVote machines. I don't have a problem with eVoting itself, but the idea that you do not have an audit trail flies in the face of everything I was ever taught.

Think of it this way: without an audit trail, you're doing the equivalent of writing your vote on a postcard, mailing it in to Diebold, and later they'll announce the results but won't give you the specifics on how they arrived at them, and you have to take their word for it.

This is bullshit.

The federal government doesn't usually involve itself in election mechanisms because that's usually a state issue. States are free to fend for themselves. When they use voting machines with audit trails, they at least get to verify and backtrack the results. When they buy machines that don't produce audit trails, they put the results in the hands of the corporation that makes the machines, and they just have to trust that it's correct. Even if you thought the corporations are honest now, there's no way to prove it one way or another if it were to change in the future.

That is why I'm starting Project eVote, to bring a national focus to how we handle eVoting. eVoting should be auditable, and we need to provide affordable evoting solutions from a non-profit organization.

It's more than just providing software - it's effecting change on a national level, creating demand for accountable systems, needing lawyers to help legislate requirements and standards, politicians to work to get them adopted - in some ways, the software is the least of it.

I just got the site physically connected, am looking to have initial quasi-official content up this weekend, and need volunteers from all stripes of vocations - lawyers, statisticians, marketing people, techies, engineers, those with funding ability, those with "connections", the whole shebang.

I came to this realization because for all the commentary and enlightenment we do, for all the education and exposure of wrongs that we do, none of it means crap if someone votes on our behalf and the vote is thrown away.

If the nation wants to elect Bush by a majority, then so be it. But I'll be damned if I'm going to have the nation vote, and have votes potentially be lost.

Help me on this; or even if you can't help yourself but know someone who would, email me at evote@evoteproject.org

Again, the DU thread is http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Talk it up there, if interested.

Thanks

Tab Julius
One pissed-off American
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