The NYT reports what should have been obvious, that closed, proprietary election systems are certain to have undisclosed bugs, and that those bugs can endanger our democracy (think Florida).
The solution is an open source effort to make a CD-ROM that drives a reference platform touchscreen PC, so that the code is open to all to verify, every CD-ROM can be check against the public code, and every voting machine can be confirmed to run the CD-ROM. Most important, such a system needs to have a voter-verifed paper trail with those paper ballots being the actual deciding record.
I would like to start a 501(c)3 to sponsor such an initiative, but I have not yet been able to find the time.
Here’s the analysis of the software.