Re: Left off the ballot?

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Thu Apr 15 2004 - 16:06:07 CDT

On Apr 15, 2004, at 2:57 PM, David Jefferson wrote:

> I have another hack to add to my list of things that VVPAT alone
> cannot protect against. The DRE software could reverse two
> propositions on the ballot, so that the description of (say)
> Prop 57 and Prop 59 are exchanged on screen, inducing voters wto
> vote in favor of Prop 57 (extending school to 6 days per week)
> when his real intent was to vote for Prop 59 (more pay for
> teachers), and vice versa.

Neat. All of these hacks that involve mis-presentation of the
ballot are best tested for using parallel testing, pulling
randomly selected machines from the polling places as the polls
are opened and spending the day asking real voters to help test
those machines by voting test ballots on them. At the close of
polls, those test machines are closed just like the others, but
their vote records are kept carefully segregated -- they're not
real votes, but they're part of the audit record of the election.
Voters voting test ballots on these machines have no privacy, so
these machines are tested without a booth, and with auditors
observing the selections made so they can be compared with the
vote records printed.

                        Doug Jones
                        jones@cs.uiowa.edu
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