Re: Left off the ballot?

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Thu Apr 15 2004 - 16:00:11 CDT

On Apr 15, 2004, at 3:04 PM, charlie strauss wrote:

> Here is a related example in yesterdays news:
>
> "The Illinois Institute of Technology studied the voting equipment and
> concluded that poorly manufactured voting templates - plastic guides
> that voters use when poking their punch cards - helped contribute to
> the 122,289 undervotes. More than 6 percent of the 2 million voters in
> Cook County failed to register a presidential vote."
>
> http://www.ktok.com/script/headline_newsmanager.php?
> id=282800&pagecontent=nationalnews&feed_id=59

The ACLU figured this out last summer. I consulted with them on this
case.
I'm glad the folks at IIT have confirmed this! The problem is
compounded
by the fact that Illinois law requires pre-election testing of the
tabulating
system, but the law doesn't require testing of the Votomatic fixture.
Really stupid, in my opinion. They didn't even do a simple quality
control test when they accepted shipment of the templates, they just
installed the lot of them, shipped them to the polls, and let voters
struggle to punch their ballots.

                        Doug Jones
                        jones@cs.uiowa.edu
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