December 30, 2006

Trade Secrets, Source Code and Voting [2:37 pm]

An unhappy turn in the Sarasota County voting fight: Disputed Fla. Election to Spill Into U.S. House - pdf

Jennings suffered a legal setback on Friday when a Florida judge denied a request by her and groups including the ACLU and People for the American Way Foundation to examine the voting machine hardware and software.

Florida Circuit Court Judge William Gary said no evidence had been provided of malfunctions and that granting access to the machines would “result in destroying or at least gutting the protections afforded those who own the trade secrets” associated with the equipment.

See also Source Code Access Denied in Disputed Race

From the WaPo article:

Jennings’s campaign vowed an appeal.

“It’s shocking that there is more concern for protecting a company’s profits rather than protecting our right to vote,” she said in a statement.

Some other links: ACLU FL; EFF site

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