RE: What is Data Model FOR?

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Thu Apr 29 2004 - 11:12:48 CDT

At 10:32 AM -0500 4/29/04, Mark Winegar wrote:
>Better accuracy is often achieved by eliminating the humor error factor.
>In both scenarios discussed below there are opportunities for the human
>error factor to contaminate the canvassing. We can improve the whole
>process by having two distinct canvassing processes; one based on the
>voter's computer input and the other based on paper ballots. I believe
>the comparison of these distinct data sets will help detect, and
>prevent, tampering.
>Mark Winegar

Actually, our approach is to reconcile the paper and electronic as
early as feasible after the polls close. Once you've done that,
distinct canvassing systems compounds the discrepancies. There can
be discrepancies between paper and electronic, such as spoiled
ballots. Or ballots never deposited in the ballot box. Unless you
reconcile as locally as feasible, it's hard to effectively reconcile
in larger contexts. And when you expect there to be discrepancies
(spoiled ballots), you have to drill down anyway.

Best regards,

Arthur M. Keller, Ph.D., 3881 Corina Way, Palo Alto, CA  94303-4507
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