Re: What certification governs non-DRE electroin c systems

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Mon Apr 05 2004 - 15:11:18 CDT

RE: [voting-project] What certification governs non-DRE electroin c systemsAs much as possible, we should try to be consistent with what writers have used in the past. Roy Saltman has been one of the most prominent authorities over the past 30 years. It looks like you are using some of the same terminology but please don't arbitrarily make up something different from what Saltman has used in the past.

This document should be studied. Point #9 specifically refers to our system

http://vote.nist.gov/pospapers/Saltman-AuditabilityofDREs(Revised)2003.pdf

Alan D.
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  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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