Jason Kitcat, founder of the FREE e-democracy project, offers up
this discussion of why electronic voting software must be Free,
citing observability, security, freedom from dependencies, and
freedom from cost as key issues.
" The electronic voting market is exploding... numerous
existing and start-up companies have identified the huge revenue
potential that the private and public markets offer, resulting in a
raft of products and services being offered.
There has been considerable discussion both on- and off-line
regarding the merits of electronic voting as whole, in addition to
controversy over the validity of different technologies. However
there seems to be little public debate over whether proprietary
software is the appropriate way to provide electronic voting in
public elections nor whether it's use makes the best business sense
in private implementations.
Before the electronic voting community and its onlookers make
hurried assumptions over how this market should develop I am keen
to put forward the arguments for a non-proprietary model: Free