Re: Left off the ballot?

From: Bob Ramstad <rramstad_at_alum_dot_mit_dot_edu>
Date: Tue Apr 13 2004 - 16:39:06 CDT

The barcode is a machine readable version of the voting selections the
person made.

Would it be appropriate to add another, more dense, machine readable
area that would represent the entire ballot i.e. each position on the
ballot and all available choices for each position? Obviously this
would only be accessed in certain very specific situations -- like a
challenge -- and so the equipment required to verify this data could be
more complicated than the simple barcode reader used for reading votes.

In short, given that the software has a ballot configuration file, and
records each vote -- and the assumption is that all votes were all
generated from the same ballot file -- it seems to me that the paper
ballot should really reproduce both the vote for that person and the
ballot configuration file used.

(For those who don't recognize my email address, it's because I was just
added recently... I'm a software engineer by training living in Seattle
with a broad interest in what the OVC is doing, and a desire to help in
any way I can.)

-- Bob

Karl Auerbach wrote:

>>The OVC system can and must stand up to this challenge. We can confirm what
>>the voter saw or didn't see because we have the CD from which the voting
>>machine was booted...
>It is quite easy for there to be glitches into code that don't show up
>until after the software has been running for 6 hours and after 100 people
>have voted. Such glitches could be intentional, but things like memory
>leaks and counter overruns are often triggers that don't occur until a
>chunk of software has been running for a while.
> --karl--

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