Wisconson electronic voting gets safer

www.madison.com News | madison.com (linkrot)Today’s good news:

A new law in Wisconson ...

requires that if a municipality uses an electronic voting system that consists of a voting machine, the machine must generate a complete paper ballot showing all votes cast by each elector that is visually verifiable by the elector before he or she leaves the machine.—The Capital Times

The law also, and equally importantly although unmentioned by the Capital Times, requires open source software:

5.84 (3) If a municipality uses an electronic voting system for voting at any election, the municipal clerk shall provide to any person, upon request, at the expense of the municipality, the coding for the software that the municipality uses to operate the system and to tally the votes cast. 2005 Assembly Bill 627