Touchscreens vs. DREs

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Mon Apr 19 2004 - 11:42:39 CDT

On Apr 19, 2004, at 12:27 PM, Lou Montulli wrote:
>> (2) Your referenced website uses somewhat self-contradictory phrases
>> like "DRE with paper records." I think many people have conflated
>> DREs with touch screens, but the issue of how results are recorded is
>> mostly independent of how they are collected.
> Sequoia's VVR is a touch screen DRE, it is a direct competitor to the
> Diebold machine. The software produced doesn't really care, it tries
> to be as generic as possible with regard to ballot counting.

Sequoia may call their machine a DRE, but it IS NOT ONE. At least not
the VVR version, even if a different model shares many features and
code. If it produces a paper ballot, it's not "direct recording to
electronic media (only)"... it might be "simultaneous recording to
electronic and paper media." I won't propose a new ugly acronym though
:-).

I think it's important for us at OVC to be clear on the distinction,
even though many other people and groups confuse and conflate the
issues (even other manufacturers). Just like it's important for us to
emphasize the distinction between "paper trail", "paper receipt" and
"paper ballot," despite the confusion many people suffer around this
(my FAQ entry under "Ballot" addresses this).

>> (3) If you/we are in a position to control the layout of ballots,
>> adding registration marks can make it easier to identify the exact
>> meaning (and expected fonts, etc) in each page position. Even a
>> couple guides can automate page alignment.
> I agree, unfortunately we will not always be in a position of control.

Yet another advantage of OVC: We probably WILL be in control of where
registration marks go, at least within some broad constraints required
by jurisdictions.
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