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[News] Free Software Enters Voting Process in the US

  • Subject: [News] Free Software Enters Voting Process in the US
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2010 14:48:41 +0100
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DC works on project to put overseas voting online

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| In Washington, the project is being called 
| "Digital Vote by Mail" and will be open 
| source, which means that the public will be 
| able to examine how the software works. 
| That's important because it ensures 
| transparency, officials said. District 
| officials are working with the Open Source 
| Digital Voting Foundation, a California 
| group, to develop the process and ensure it 
| is secure.


District of Columbiaâs Board of Elections and Ethics Adopts Open Source Digital Voting Foundation Technology to Support Ballot Delivery


Open-source voting technology is the cure for what ails democracy


D.C. launches test of open-source online voting

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| According to Rob Pegoraro at the Faster 
| Forward blog, the District "will let 
| overseas voters cast ballots online using 
| open-source, standards-based software, not 
| the closed, proprietary mechanisms that have 
| dominated electronic voting throughout its 
| troubled history in the United States."
| A Palo Alto, Calif., developer of election 
| software, Open Source Digital Voting 
| Foundation, will provide the new system. 
| According to company representatives, 
| starting with September's primary election, 
| D.C. residents serving overseas and others 
| far out of town won't have to choose between 
| voting by mailed-in paper ballot or a faxed 
| or e-mailed ballot.



E-Voting in Ghana and the 2012 Elections

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| Only a few weeks ago (December 1st 2009),
| Sequoia Voting Systems became the first major
| company of its kind (Voting Systems
| Manufacturers) to publish itâs source code
| openly for public download and study. You can
| read the following article for more information
| ([...] The move follows an earlier disclosure
| made by the California based Open Source
| Digital Voting Foundation (OSDF) which made
| available the source code of its Prototype
| Election Software in October 2009 (see:
| www.wired.com/threatlevel/2009/10/open-source/).


Electronic Voting Machines and a New Era of Fixing Elections

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| Perhaps in the future more secure, open source
| systems may be available to any country (similar
| to open source operating systems like
| Linux/Unix) but for the moment, Electronic
| Voting hardware and software is produced
| privately, without open access to what is going
| on in these machines. Should we then trust these
| private companies just because they say we
| should? You do the maths.


Ghana: Expert Appeals for 'Open Source' Software Usage

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| The Business Development Manager of the Advanced Information Technology
| Institute, at the Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence (AITI-KACE), Fred
| Amankwah-Sarfo, has appealed to the Government and other institutions in the
| country, to adopt the use of 'Open Source' software innovation for maximum
| benefits, including cost reduction.
| The 'Open Source' software, which is non-proprietary, has a source code that
| is transparent, and allows rights to users, which would otherwise be
| prohibited by copyright. Because of its transparency, bugs or security flaws
| could be quickly discovered, and patched.

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