RE: What certification governs non-DRE electroin c systems

From: Popkin, Laird (WMG Corp) <"Popkin,>
Date: Mon Apr 05 2004 - 15:02:13 CDT

Thanks, Karl. Here's a second pass incorporating Karl's improvements, and
adding M&P systems (term taken from the FEC's documents). I've tried to
avoid any emotionally loaded phrasing so that people who have nothing to do
with OVC might adopt our terminology.

M&P: Mark sense and punch card systems, in which the user makes a "mark" on
a paper ballot (e.g. an optical mark or punching a hole), which is then
tabulated into an electronic system. M&P systems are dependent on voters
following instructions properly, marking ballots properly, and to not
prevent invalid marks, leading to high error rates. M&P systems do not
support unassisted voting by sight impaired voters.

DRE: Direct Recording Electronic, an electronic (i.e. touchscreen) system
present the ballot and contests to voter and
accept the voter's choices. It records votes into memory/RAM cards. Great
for preventing invalid marks (i.e. ensuring no overvotes, alerting users to
undervotes), and can support sight impaired users through speech interface,
etc.

VES: Vote Entry Station, an electronic (i.e. touchscreen) system present the
ballot and contests to voter and
accept the voter's choices. It prints human readable (i.e. paper) ballots.
Great for ensuring no overvotes, alerting users to undervotes, can support
sight impaired users through speech interface, etc. (i.e. all of the
advantages of DRE's, but with a physical record of votes).

VVS: Vote Verification Station, an electronic system that reads a ballot
back, displaying it on screen or via speech through headphones, so that
voters, especially sight impaired voters, can verify their ballots without
loss of privacy. The VVS is independent of the VES.

VTS: Vote Tabulation Station, a system that is used to tabulate all of the
ballots and produce the results for the polling station. The VTS is
independent of the VES or VTS. In effect a VTS functions similary to an M&P
system, except that the ballots are marked by machine based on touchscreen
inputs, yielding higher accuracy, no overvotes, etc.

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