24 August, 2008
I think the final tally was something like 5-to-1 Obama over McCain. Mind you, Linux World 2008 was in downtown San Francisco, which may be the "bluest" city in the world (eat your heart out, Eugene, Oregon!).
What is it? Open Voting Consortium has designed and created a secure, open sourced version of the electronic voting machine. These run Linux, but I do not see any reason why they couldn't also support Free or Net BSD, Open Solaris or some other platform (even MS Windows or OS X).
Instead of paying $4000 or more for a Diebold manufactured proprietary and closed-architecture voting machine, these machines run on commodity hardware with a price tag of roughly $400 or less.
And unlike their proprietary counterparts, the OVC machine provides a paper trail with a securely signed receipt.
More over, the ultimate value of this system is that peer review is possible for anyone who cares to download the code and read it themselves.
Unlike today, to borrow a phrase from a movie, where we have "TOO MANY SECRETS".