Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search


Bev Harris: Black Box Voting To Go "Open Source"

Bev Harris: Black Box Voting to Go ''Open Source''

Publication Announcement From
Bev and David
Monday, 29 September 2003 (PDT)
Read The Book…Support The Cause - Pre-Order Your Copy Today


We have a made an important decision to try and ensure that every election in the United States will receive a fair vote count, and that every voter will have his or her vote counted ACCURATELY.

As the author of "Black Box Voting: Ballot Tampering in the 21st Century," I -- and publisher David Allen, of Plan Nine Publishing -- will make a PDF version of the book available to everyone, free of charge. "Black Box Voting" is designed for action, to provide facts and information so that voting can once again belong to the people. Many of those most at risk of disenfranchisement may be unable to afford this book. Therefore, the PDF version is completely free.

PAPERBACK VERSION: A trade paperback version will be sold through Buzzflash, Plan Nine,, Barnes & Noble, and other outlets. The paperback version is compact and appealing, and is designed for distribution to public officials, friends, and leaders of organizations. The book is meant to be USED, so select whichever versions best meet your needs. It will be available in the next few weeks.

However, chapters of the PDF book will become available this week for download on the Plan Nine and Black Box Voting web sites, watch for the announcement at the top of the homepage). The first download will appear Wednesday Oct. 1, with new downloads appearing every two days after that date.

Web site owners will also be able to offer the book through their own Internet sites; details are being worked out on that now, so that the PDF files can be available on as many web sites as possible, in as many countries as possible.

"Open sourcing" this book is entirely appropriate for this project. The only solution to the problem of black box voting is to get vote-counting back out in the open. If software is to be used, that which is developed in an open source environment, in full view of the citizenry, will inspire the most confidence. Physical ballots which voters can see and verify at the time they cast their vote, counted openly and compared against the machine tally, will give everyone confidence that our votes are being counted as we cast them.

Another way in which the open source metaphor is appropriate is this: The investigation for Black Box Voting started as a solitary process, comparing notes with just a few other journalists and activists. It turned into an "open source" investigation with hundreds of people -- Americans, Britons, Canadians, New Zealanders and others -- joining in to find the truth.

Most of the world is migrating into electronic voting, and these issues will continue to be relevant for some time to come.

If this book moves you, remember that opinions don't create changes -- actions do. Join a forum, write a letter, organize a group, visit your congressperson, pick up that phone. "Each one teach one," and don't take no for an answer. And don't let anyone tell you to "wait until after the next election." Take action, personally. The solution to this calls for an open source process, with participation by all of us. Many new organizations are springing up to help you get involved in effective ways.

This book is an easy way for you, and those you give it to, to get educated on the topic -- but it is up to you what you do with the information!

- Bev Harris, Author

- David Allen, publisher

# # # # #

Bev Harris is author of Black Box Voting: Ballot Tampering In The 21st Century … See publisher's website... and it's activist arm

Pre-Order your copy of Black Box Voting today…

For more background and live news links on this news subject see also Scoop's Special Feature – A Very American Coup…

© Scoop Media

Top Scoops Headlines


Ian Powell: Pay Freezes, Health Systems And Medical Specialists

What has a pay freeze got to do with a universal public health system? Actually quite a lot. Health systems, especially public hospitals which handle the more complex and urgent cases that the rest of the system can’t fix, are by their very nature ... More>>

Forgetting Citizenship: Australia Suspends Flights From India

As India is being devastated by COVID-19 cases that have now passed a daily rate of 400,000, affluent and callous Australia has taken the decision to suspend all flights coming into the country till mid-month. The decision was reached by the Morrison ... More>>

Digitl: UK Spy Chief: “The West Has To Go It Alone On Tech"

“Cybersecurity is an increasingly strategic issue that needs a whole-nation approach. The rules are changing in ways not always controlled by government. More>>

The Conversation: Without The Right Financial Strategies, NZ’s Climate Change Efforts Will Remain Unfinished Business

When it comes to climate change, money talks. Climate finance is critical for enabling a low-emissions transition. This involves investment and expenditure — public, private, domestic and transnational — that demonstrably contributes to climate ... More>>

Dr Terrence Loomis: Does Petroleum Industry Spying Really Matter?

Opinion: Nicky Hager’s latest revelations about security firm Thompson and Clark’s ‘spying’ on climate activists and environmental organisations on behalf of the oil and gas industry and big GHG emitters makes entertaining reading. But it does ... More>>

Mixed Sight: New Zealand, The Five Eyes And China

The Five Eyes arrangement between the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand has always resembled a segregated, clandestine club. Focused on the sharing of intelligence between countries of supposedly like mind, it has shown that ... More>>