‘Hacking Democracy’ and open source voting

Hacking Democracy, released in 2007, documents the improprieties and lack of security around proprietary voting software vendor Diebold Elections Systems. It’s incredible to see a group of citizens with little technical background become so passionate about a broken system that they delve deep into the intricacies of vote calculation, but also crack the code on an easily-penetrable software program.

Quotable:

“I think we, as election officials, need to be a little bit more demanding from the vendors as to the technical specifications of this equipment. The vendors are driving the process of voting technology in the United States. I would much rather at this point I think focus on allowing citizens to select technology that satisfies their needs.”

I’m not a voting software expert, but after watching this, I want to learn more about the work of the Open Source Digital Voting Foundation and organizations like it.

Would love to hear feedback and thoughts on the subject from others who know more about this.

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