I've seen some postings asking questions about open source. I
will make some comments here in no particular order.
I have been an open source advocate
since 2005, when I learned that a convicted embezzler, Jeffrey Dean,
programmed the Diebold machines. Hidden souce code is an invitation for
Open source ...
- This is very important - with an
open system, we will finally get access to nearly everything in the system
- including vote databases, log files, ballot images, and a host of other
info that we can't look at right now.
- is likely
to be much cheaper for the counties, as no one company will have a monopoly
on the source code, and on the expensive maintenance contracts for the
- over time, the code will become
better. Not perfect, but better than most of what we are seeing on the
market. There has been very slow progress over the last decade. The open
source code will be under constant review.
- Calif SoS Debra Bowen put
rules/conditions into the certification/approval of election systems, such
that it is the Calif SoS's experts who will compile and assemble the
software package(s) that go out to the counties for installation. NOT the
private vendor. They go out with security codes, etc., to ensure that what
is installed is what the SoS's people inspected and assembled. Last I
looked, the latest certifications still have those conditions.
- We would finally have a chance to
find out who actually programmed the systems. No more