California Mulls Open Source

Sarah Lacy

In some ways, it's not quite as bold as Massachusetts plan to replace parts of Microsoft Office with OpenDocument by 2007, but this Wednesday, the State of California is holding a hearing to discuss the pros and cons of open source software too. There's no formal proposal but Senator Debra Bowen (D-Redondo Beach) wants more information. She's chairwoman of the committee that governs Senate elections and is concerned by polls that show that nationwide only 48% of people are confident their votes are counted accurately. Would they feel better if they could see the nuts and bolts of how the votes are being collected and reported, as opposed to just trusting a traditional vendor like Diebold?

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