|SUBJECT ||Subject: [hangout] Re: why we need Free Software voting machines
Haven't found the article there yet Adam (I get -L-O-N-G-
list of titles...)
It might be quite good. As I haven't seen it I can't say.
However, I think the real problem more serious than that.
First, I don't think we need computerized voting at all.
This may be mandated by law, if so we have to change the
relevant laws. And I think Democrats and Republicans are
both responsible, or irresponsible.
As Peter Neuman says, there are myriad forms of possible
election anomalies (his term):
[including] the actual casting of ballots and the
creation, evaluation, certification, testing, and maintenance of
voting equipment. But it also includes the _registration of
voters; identification, authentication, and challenging of
voters_; creation of the actual appearance of ballots and setting
up the voting machines; distribution and handling of ballot and
polling-place information, absentee ballots, and especially
provisional ballots; processing of ballots; tabulation and
collection of results; and proper assurance that voters' ballots
are treated with adequate respect for privacy -- along with
oversight of each of the steps in the entire process.
comp.risks 23.58, November 4, 2004, (emphasis added)
Many of these are not matters of technology (rushing a polling
place in the last minutes) but surely fall within the ambit of
comp.risks. But if either major party has consistently addressed
any of these, I've missed it.
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