SecState Challenger brings up valid point

BISMARCK, N.D. – Democrat Kristin Hedger said Wednesday that state election officials do not have access to proprietary software used in the [voting machine] scanners, which are supplied by an Omaha, Neb., company called Election Systems & Software.

“North Dakotans should have ownership of the software code that reads our votes,” Hedger said during a news conference in Bismarck.

[Secretary of State Al Jaeger says that] who owns the software is unimportant, the secretary of state said.

“That is not what we need to be concerned about,” he said. “What we need to be concerned about is, does the equipment accurately count the votes?”

Vote-counting difficulties reported in other states often involve machines that store votes electronically and do not keep paper records, Jaeger said.

“With our system, if all else fails, we still have the paper ballots,” he said.

Hedger actually has a point, the state employs Information Technology people, why should the state not have the ability to examine the software?

They specificly mention that it is proprietary software – is the state getting a discount for just trusting that the software is correct?

Jaeger’s laize faire attitude on the issue is kindof disturbing.


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