What oversight?

Don't you love having democracy as a beta tester? Buried amid the controversy swirling around Diebold electronic voting equipment in California is this gem: According to the Oakland Tribune: State rules say local governments can use entire, experimental voting systems without state approval. Diebold's attorneys were trying to use this loophole to justify the uncertified code used in machines during the spring primary. There should be a decision this week on the future of these machines in California. Links: Oakland Tribune (20 Apr)continue reading →

Voting transparency

There is very little transparency in most electronic voting. (Optical scanners are the notable exception.) However, a Seattle-area e-voting software firm announced this week that it was opening its source code to full inspection. The firm, Vote Here, also hired a third party to audit software performance. Both are unique actions in the world of electronic democracy. Only one hardware manufacturer, Sequoia Voting Systems (Oakland, CA) has licensed the software, which provides an electronic audit trail. Links: Wired (8 Apr); Seattle Times (7 Apr); VoteHerecontinue reading →