RE: What is Data Model FOR?

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Thu Apr 29 2004 - 14:00:18 CDT


The computer count is NOT more accurate than the paper count. The
computer count includes spoiled paper ballots.

Please think it through and make suggestions on HOW it should be
done. We already know that it needs to be done.

Otherwise, we're just spinning our wheels and getting nowhere.


Best regards,

At 1:28 PM -0500 4/29/04, Mark Winegar wrote:
>Yes, there has to be a better process of managing the paper ballots
>because it appears that the computer count is more accurate than the
>paper count. In what ways can the paper count be improved?
>Local reconciliation probably isn't a bad thing.
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Arthur Keller []
>Sent: Thursday, April 29, 2004 11:13 AM
>Subject: RE: [voting-project] What is Data Model FOR?
>At 10:32 AM -0500 4/29/04, Mark Winegar wrote:
>>Better accuracy is often achieved by eliminating the humor error
>>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 tel
>+1(650)424-0202, fax +1(650)424-0424

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