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Cover Story - March 19, 2010

Voting for trust

Palo Alto technology nonprofit aims to revolutionize how Americans vote and put trust back in the ballot box

by Story Christian Pease; photographs Christian Pease and Joseph Garappolo

Like many startups that aim to do something big, Open Source Digital Voting Foundation in Palo Alto began with an "Aha!"

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Posted by Morris, a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 19, 2010 at 3:10 pm

This article is too long, too rambling, and fails to provide much of a message. The reporter should be given some homework .. to read other on-line news services and see what makes up a successful, compelling, on-line post.

One of the unasked questions about this group is: "whose paying the bills", and "who will benefit from your work"? The following is the organization's web-site: Web Link

This morning's Daily News ran an article about a Judge in San Mateo County who came down against e-signatures for petition signing. This is a shame, but clearly change is knocking on the door of the politicos that have been able to control access to the political process via paper only petitioning process.

The last couple of elections have not been helpful to the e-voting process. There has been far too much hysteria associated with the machines that have been developed. Given the vast fraud that has accompanied the paper ballot process over the past couple of hundred years, there has been virtually no fraud associated with e-voting. Unfortunately, the Luddites were able to make a mess out of the initial success of getting these machines into the polls.

We await a day when we can vote by email or telephone. There is no reason that we can't get the election fraud technology developed and in place .. sooner than later too.

Hope this group is able to move the ball down the field .. but make certain that your finances and politics are on the table .. and don't try to hide anything from the voters.

Posted by Anon., a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 19, 2010 at 8:43 pm

The article is fine, no - it's not perfect, a bit long, no article is perfect, especially online.

I am very interested in this concept ... is there any way to get involved or find out more?

Second ... "when a thousand eyes are looking all bugs are shallow." Nice saying ... is there any factual data to back it up? Software bugs are kind of like the flu; they never know what you are going to get or how deadly it is going to be, even when they study, spend a lot of money and get out a vaccine. Also like the health care bill, who really cares enough to read the whole bill or in this case audit the whole software? Also ... all bugs are not in the software, what platform, OS or type of machine is that software going to running on. How is it actually verified that what they say is running is actually running? Can it be accessed or changed in some way from the outside?

You could look at the whole election process as well saying that it is not just the votes, but the information those votes are based on as well. Before an election why is there not some kind of systematized Q&A tree open for public comment so people can put their thoughts together. All we get are some lame paragraphs pro and con with some speculative costs attached now.

Such a huge undertaking here.

And finally, this is supposed to be a representative democracy, a republic, not a true democracy in the vote on everything rule. It will be interesting to see if there comes a good system that can collate people's desires politically, will they actually want to overturn the present system to institute a real democracy?

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