[Community_studios] Re: open source voting
tompoe at amihost.com
Sat Oct 18 14:21:29 EDT 2003
Hi, Robert: You've got it! That's all there needs to be.
Now, how would we get the simplest demo in place for people to see?
Should only need two computers, right?
If we had a demo, we could make a tv show, demo on the table, for all to
see, and then invite anyone that wants, to analyze the stupid thing and
report the truth about it, eh?
So, if that is a project of interest, I'll surely work with you to
document the project, and spread the word, and see what happens.
You're located in striking range, so I could bring a camera over, we
shoot the show, or, at least part of it, and then reporters can find you
to touch the stupid thing, right? We'll then be able to distribute the
tape to local access tv stations nationwide, upload it to Ibiblio.org
for those who have broadband, and set up a page to go with it. Now, how
can the world argue with that?
On Fri, 2003-10-17 at 22:16, robert piercy wrote:
> Hello Sir,
> I hope you will forgive me, but I have been reading
> Bev Harris' book regarding proprietary voting
> machines. I happened to come across some of your
> postings as I have tried to understand the magnitude
> of the problem.
> Frankly, I am very concerned. This isn't a business
> system, or a school project; THIS IS OUR DEMOCRACY!
> I know I sound like a conspiracy theorist, but being a
> software engineer, I am quite familiar with what kind
> of problems can arise. Voting Technology today is at
> best flawed and at worst prone to outright fruad.
> There is one solution to this: Open Source Voting.
> I have read several of you posts, and I am in complete
> agreement. We have a national election coming up in
> just over a year. There has to be some kind of
> solution before them, and it will take lots of hard
> work and activism.
> If there is any way I can help, I would love to
> You may want to check out the Linux Terminal Server
> Project. Here, they use old throw-away machines that
> connect to a central server. These machines are
> "diskless" workstations - they have no harddrive - and
> use X windows. The compelling thing about them is
> that they can get by on cheap hardware because the
> workstation need only be resposible for accepting
> keyboard events and painting the screen - all of the
> application crunching is done on the server.
> I think one idea would be to use a similar kind of
> setup, but with touch screen monitors. The server
> would have the compiled code - code that has been
> "checksum"ed by the precinct officer so that it can be
> verified against the binaries - to ensure that the
> code that is on the server is the same code that has
> been authorized by the secretary of state. And most
> importantly, all activity runs in its own LAN within
> the precinct, and the printed results along with the
> harddrive are transported to be counted. There also
> may have to be some sort of failover support.
> Sorry, I am getting ahead of myself. Anyway, best of
> luck with what you are trying to do and let me know if
> I can help.
> Best regards,
> Robert Piercy
> 39421 Country Mill Rd
> Murrieta, CA 92562
> rjpiercy2 at yahoo.com
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