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tbyg52 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-08 02:31 PM
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63. Making the case for Open Source software for elections (CA)
If the counting of the vote lies at the heart of democracy then vote-counting conducted in secret on proprietary software is a dagger threatening to still that heartbeat and undermine the integrity of the process. Among those who have looked into the abyss of secret vote-counting software is California Secretary of State Debra Bowen when she set up a task force to study the software used in her states elections.

Bowen says it is time for elections to be conducted with Open Source software. She is basing her conclusion on the findings of the Top to Bottom (T2B) Review of California voting systems that she ordered after taking office. http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=5893946&page=...

Bowen has a history of pushing for greater transparency and accountability in election technology. After taking office in November 2006, she commissioned a top-to-bottom review of e-voting systems, including detailed analyses of source code, documentation, security, and usability. All of the systems had security issues, Bowen said.

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