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  • Although this bill [loc.gov] has been primarily touted for the voter verification and auditing provisions related to using paper receipts as the official vote of record, it also contains the following language (from the text [loc.gov] of the bill):

    Sec 4.a.2.C SOFTWARE AND MODEMS-

    (i) No voting system shall at any time contain or use undisclosed software. Any voting system containing or using software shall disclose the source code of that software to the Commission, and the Commission shall make that source code available for inspection upon request to any citizen.

    (ii) No voting system shall contain any wireless communication device at all.

    (iii) All software and hardware used in any electronic voting system shall be certified by laboratories accredited by the Commission as meeting the requirements of clauses (i) and (ii)

    In particular, "Any voting system containing or using software shall disclose the source code of that software to the Commission, and the Commission shall make that source code available for inspection upon request to any citizen" (my emphasis).

    Since the EFF made it very easy [eff.org] for me to contact my Representative regarding this issue [eff.org], I did so a few weeks ago. Happily, I received his response today and found that he has decided to cosponsor the bill! The funny thing is that his office's letter to me was dated 11/22/2003, the day after his co-sponsorship was registered. I'd like to think that my small effort had some part in that. However, the bill is currently in committee and has not received a vote, so the more support there is in Congress, the better chance it will have of actually making it to the floor.

    Of course, after that is has to make it past the Senate and (worse) Bush, so there's still a long fight ahead.