On Second Thought... Wisconsin E-Voting Bill Not As Impressive
from the oh-well dept
Well, so much for that. Last Wednesday we reported on a new e-voting law in Wisconsin that seemed very progressive. We noted that not only did it require a verifiable paper trail for recounts, but also that the source code must be "publicly accessible" so that it "may be used to independently verify the accuracy and reliability of the operating and tallying procedures to be employed at any election." That sounded great to us -- and we were surprised that only one source, the Wisconsin Technology Network, was mentioning the available source part of the story. The reason? The Wisconsin Technology Network was wrong. Adina Levin notes in a comment that the article that reported this has now corrected their original story, saying that the source code is not to be made public, but needs to be placed in escrow (like in other states, such as North Carolina) and will only be checked in case of a recount and then only under non-disclosure by certain parties. The original report was based on an earlier draft of the bill, before the lobbyists got a chance to hack out things like revealing the source code. So, better than nothing, but not quite as nice as originally reported.