We seem to have avoided most of the Y2K election fiasco this year (depending on who you ask, of course), but most of the country still uses some sort of voting system with inherent flaws. Punch cards leave hanging chads, optical scanners have partially filled-in choices, and the current generation of electronic devices can, of course, helpfully erase your vote with no audit trail at all.
The Open Voting Consortium is a group that’s trying to develop and promote a system based on open software that will administer elections using a non-Diebold-crazy-let’s-delete-the-votes method. Even better, they’ve developed a system that can be booted off a live cd and use old computers that municipalities are already throwing out annually.
The heart of democracy is voting. The heart of voting is trust that each vote is recorded and tallied with accuracy and impartiality.
The Open Voting Consortium (OVC) is creating a trustworthy, cost effective, voter verifiable voting system using open source software components on industry standard computers.. A primary element of this Open Voting system is the use of software through which the voter creates a printed paper ballot containing his or her choices.