filesiteguy writes: Wired.com (http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2009/10/open-source) is reporting that the Open Source Digital Voting Foundation (http://osdv.org/about) has announced the first release of Linux and Ruby based elections management software. This software should compete in the same realm as Election Systems & Software as well as Diebold/Premire for use by County registrars. Mitch Kapor — founder of Lotus 1-2-3 — as well as Dean Logan, Registrar for Los Angeles County and Debra Bowen, California Secretary of State all took place in a formal announcement ceremony.
The OSDVF (they couldn't find a better acronym?) is working with mulitple jurisdictions, activists, developers and other organizations to bring "together the best and brightest in technology and policy into a synergistic, meritocratic community focused on designing and developing guidelines and specifications for high assurance digital voting services." The announcement was made as part of the OSDVF Trust the Vote (http://www.trustthevote.org/) project where open source tools are to be used to create a certifiable and sustainable open source voting system.
filesiteguy writes: "According to this story in the LA Daily News, California's secretary of state on Friday placed rigorous security conditions on voting equipment used in dozens of counties and limited the use of two of the most widely used machines.
The most affected counties will have to scramble to find alternate equipment just six months before California holds its presidential primary.
Bowen said it revealed some vulnerabilities that would allow hackers to manipulate the systems "with little chance of detection and with dire consequences.""