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.