Open Source, Open Democracy: Enhancing Transparency in US Voting Systems Technology 
By Jose Lupe Chavez, University of California–San Diego 


On January 6, 2021, the US Capitol Building was overrun by protestors seeking to disrupt a joint session of Congress from counting the Electoral College votes to confirm the victory of president-elect Joseph R. Biden. While 20 percent of the rioters were motivated by their loyalty to former president Donald J. Trump, another 20 percent cited their suspicion of the 2020 presidential election results as a primary motivator in storming the US Capitol. Many say that these suspicions are based on unfounded right-wing conspiracies created to incite civil war and overthrow American democracy. However, an intellectually honest appraisal shows that many of these concerns came from a lack of transparency in the Dominion Voting Systems and, more broadly, the expansion of electronic voting in our elections.

Open Source, Open Democracy... by Hoover Institution

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