Saturday, February 28, 2004
Wired News - Nov. 03, 2003
Aussies Do It Right: E-Voting
Although a private Australian company designed the system, it was based on specifications set by independent election officials, who posted the code on the Internet for all to see and evaluate. What's more, it was accomplished from concept to product in six months. It went through a trial run in a state election in 2001.
Critics say the development process is a model for how electronic voting machines should be made in the United States.
Called eVACS, or Electronic Voting and Counting System, the system was created by a company called Software Improvements to run on Linux, an open-source operating system available on the Internet.
The commission posted drafts as well as the finished software code on the Internet for the public to review.
The site for the software along with information about the system is
Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Electoral Commission Electronic voting and counting.
I still think paper is best, but this does seem to be a model of good practices for e-voting software developing, if you're hell-bent on having electronic voting.