Open Source, Transparency and Electronic Voting
Transparency has become a rallying cry for critics of existing electronic voting systems mad by secretive corporations jealously guarding the software code inside their products...
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has been frustrated by the clandestine nature of the electronic voting systems it has encountered, according to Staff Attorney Matt Zimmerman.
Speaking before a congressional subcommittee on elections last month, Zimmerman testified, "EFF has served, among other roles, as both election observers and as legal counsel for voters who felt compelled to challenge the use of results of apparently malfunctioning voting equipment.
"In both capacities, we and others have been severely hampered by the lack of transparency inherent in the current closed technological regime.
"For both of these purposes, the use of open or disclosed source voting technology as a component of a more open election process would immediately and demonstrably lead to a more competent electorate," he stated.