16 September 2005

Should Election Software Be Open Source?


I ask this because I really don't know who has been getting elected in my home state of Georgia these last three years. There is no paper audit trail. The software is all closed-source. They tell me who has won each time, and they publish numbers in the newspaper, but the point is there is no way to check.

I'm talking here about the software that runs the voting machines, the software that delivers the numbers to the election office, and the software that totals it all up. Open or closed?


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