posted on Apr, 7 2004 @ 09:21 AM
VoteHere's software relies on cryptographic algorithms to detect ballot tampering.VoteHere hopes scrutiny will boost confidence.
"Now it's up to the world to take a look and dig in and give us their opinion," the company's founder, Jim Adler, told MSNBC.com.
One of the country's foremost skeptics about paperless e-voting, Stanford Professor David Dill, said releasing the source code for e-voting software
was a "very unusual" and "very healthy" development.
Adler said the source-code release was aimed at showing security experts that his company's system would offer adequate safeguards as well as
improvements over the hanging chads, confusing designs and the other shortcomings of paper ballot schemes.
"There are some quarters that would like to turn a blind eye to any sort of innovation," Adler said, "but I think that would be a big mistake."
I think this is a brilliant move. There have been critics of closed source code for electronic voting systems. Open sourcing the code, SO TO SPEAK,
can go a long way towards silencing those critics. I think that complete electronic voting is inevitable, and as a technologist, I support this
effort. However we must have systems in place with safeguards, and we must have vendors that provide those systems that are willing to stand up to
scrutiny and not just shut down websites cricital of them.