New Hampshire to pilot voting machines using open-source software


According to The Record, New Hampshire will pilot a new type of voting machine that will use open source software to count the votes. The Record reports: The software that powers voting machines is usually distributed in some kind of black box, like a car with the hood sealed. Because the election industry in the United States is dominated by three companies – Dominion, Election Systems & Software, and Hart InterCivic – the software that runs their machines is proprietary. The companies consider it their intellectual property, which has spawned a list of unsubstantiated conspiracy theories about the elections and their fairness. New Hampshire’s experiment with open source software is supposed to answer exactly that. The software, by its very design, allows you to open the hood, modify the code, make suggestions to improve it, and work with others to make it work more smoothly. The idea is that if voting machines run on software that anyone can audit and run, it is less likely to give rise to allegations of voter fraud.

The effort to make voting machines more transparent is the work of a group called VotingWorks. […] On November 8, VotingWorks machines will be used in a real, real-time election. New Hampshire is the second state to use the open-source machines after Mississippi first did so in 2019. Some 3,000 voters will run their paper ballots through the new machines, then, to ensure that nothing goes wrong, those same votes will be counted by hand. at a public session in Concord, NH Anyone interested will be able to see if the new machines correctly recorded the votes. The idea is to make it clear that there is nothing to hide. If anyone is concerned that a voting machine is programmed to return a vote to their opponent, they can simply hire a computer expert to examine it and see, in real time.


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