RE: What is Data Model FOR?

From: Mark Winegar <mwinegar_at_mtmc_dot_edu>
Date: Thu Apr 29 2004 - 10:13:06 CDT

It makes sense that you first build a solid system to accommodate
current elections. One with sould auditing, data validation, and
verification. Then you can work on refinements to handle the kind of
exceptions predicted in California.

I'm curious. An early message left me with the impression that the pilot
test did not include tallying of votes. Is this correct?

Mark Winegar

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>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 adjustments.

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

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