Electronic voting machines must be open-sourced
By WTN News . 01/04/06

Madison, Wis. – Among the 15 bills governor Jim Doyle signed into law
on Wednesday will require the software of touch-screen voting
machines used in elections have its source code opened up to public

Municipalities that use electronic voting machines are responsible
for providing to the public, on request, the code used.

Any voting machines to be used in the state already had to pass State
Elections Board tests. Electronic voting machines, in particular,
already were required to maintain their results tallies even if the
power goes out, and to produce paper ballots that could be used in
case of a recount. The new law also requires the paper ballots to be
presented to voters for verification before being stored.

But of this bill’s provisions, perhaps the more influential in a
wider sense is the requirement that municipalities provide source
code, and the more general condition that “the coding for the
software that is used to operate the system on election day and to
tally the votes cast is publicly accessible and may be used to
independently verify the accuracy and reliability of the operating
and tallying procedures to be employed at any election.”

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