RE: What is Data Model FOR?

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Thu Apr 29 2004 - 14:36:33 CDT

It was baling wire and chewing gum for the demo, but we'll use a
better management and development process for the reference

Best regards,

At 2:18 PM -0500 4/29/04, Mark Winegar wrote:
>Ah, it is much easier with structured code. Hopefully, this project has
>strongproject management to enforce good modular design.
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Arthur Keller []
>Sent: Thursday, April 29, 2004 11:46 AM
>Subject: RE: [voting-project] What is Data Model FOR?
>Our demo includes a Ballot Reconciliation Procedure demo (although it
>was not always shown). However, for logistical reasons, the BRP demo
>uses canned data rather than the ballots from the other demos
>operating at the same time.
>Furthermore, you often cannot easily expand a system if the
>expansions were not included in the original design (but deferred for
>a later implementation phase).
>Best regards,
>At 10:13 AM -0500 4/29/04, Mark Winegar wrote:
>>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
>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: []
>>Sent: Thursday, April 29, 2004 8:16 AM
>>Subject: Re: [voting-project] What is Data Model FOR?
>>>Aggregation is likely to involve move than a simple counter. Maybe
>>>counter suffices for a first pass, on some kinds of races. But
>>>consider, for example either N of M or ranked-preference contests.
>>>tallying of rank orders involves more than just counting the votes;
>>>example, in IRV, it would go through stages with reassignments of
>>>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,
>>>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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