New Wisconsin Election Bill Not as Positive as Originally Reported By Activists and Others
Contrary to reports, bill does NOT allow for examination of source code!
Original version — which did — was changed during amendment process to remove important clause!
Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org and VoteTrustUSA.Org
Additional Reporting by Brad Friedman
The voting activist and election reform advocacy community was excited yesterday upon release of news about the signing of a new bill in Wisconsin, AB267, that originally included wording that would allow munipalities to “provide to any person, upon request, at the expense of the municipality, the coding for the software that the municipality uses to operate the system and to tally the votes cast”. Indeed, The BRAD BLOG received many email reports last night about the “good news” concerning this bill.
The bill, as understood and reported by many, would have been the first time that voting activists would have been afforded the opportunity to actually “look under the hood” of voting machines by examining the source code used in the software in order to see what was really being done on the equipment supplied by Voting Machine Companies. So far, those companies have managed keep such source code secret and proprietary and away from the ‘prying eyes’ of the pesky public who has been forced — by the corporate privatization of America’s public elections — to rely on such secret software to accurately record and count their votes.