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Open Source Could Create Better Election Software, Jobs

Jul 14, 2009, 23:31 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeremiah T. Gray)

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"The software contains a validation utility to perform checks on certain data fields prior to submission and a high-speed image generator to create a paper rendering of the report among other features."

"The staff person at the PAC told me she was having problems finding files after exporting them, and since I figured she was running FECFile via WINE, I showed her how to access the WINE file system to find her files. It was a simple fix, and I didn't think much of it at the time. Several months later, I got another call that they were having trouble installing a required FECFile software update and that the FEC did not offer support for Linux-based systems.

"I was able to install and test the software for them, but this time, I got to thinking. I thought about how backwards it is to offer only Windows-based .exes in an age of information exchange. Moreover, of all the entities that should be going out of their way to keep expenses low and satisfaction high, government agencies funded with public resources should be at the top of the list."

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