RE: What is Data Model FOR?

From: Mark Winegar <mwinegar_at_mtmc_dot_edu>
Date: Thu Apr 29 2004 - 10:09:48 CDT

A recount ought not affect prior data structures but create new ones of
it's own. How else can you compare the two? What is really needed is
adequate testing, an audit trail, data validation, and varification. If
these are in place the need to recounts should drastically reduce.

Mark Winegar

-----Original Message-----
From: Arthur Keller [mailto:arthur_at_kellers_dot_org]
Sent: Thursday, April 29, 2004 8:20 AM
Subject: Re: [voting-project] What is Data Model FOR?

At 1:16 PM +0000 4/29/04, wrote:
> >Aggregation is likely to involve move than a simple counter. Maybe
> the
>>counter suffices for a first pass, on some kinds of races. But
>>consider, for example either N of M or ranked-preference contests.
>>The tallying of rank orders involves more than just counting the
>>votes; for example, in IRV, it would go through stages with
>>reassignments of votes and recounts.
>>It -might- be important to the aggregation to create totals by
>>districts of various sorts. Elections might not be by simple vote
>>count, but rather by weights assigned to subsets of the electorate.
>>The US Electoral College is an example of this at a national level,
>>but I understand that some cities handle council elections according
>>to similar indirect rules.
>I've personally never heard of such an election in American
>political elections, but that doesn't mean they don't exist. Can
>you supply the name of the jurisdiction that held or currently holds
>such elections. I'll contact them, learn their rules, and make
>BTW -- I've seen a number of the new voting machines and not one
>that I've seen has this feature. If there is a need for it, I'll
>take great pleasure in designing a data layout that will support
>processing the votes.

I understand that the City and County of San Francisco, California
wants to use IRV.

Best regards,

Arthur M. Keller, Ph.D., 3881 Corina Way, Palo Alto, CA  94303-4507 tel
+1(650)424-0202, fax +1(650)424-0424
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