Re: Comments on EAC Glossary for Voting Systems

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Fri Apr 08 2005 - 15:04:48 CDT

David et al,

I spoke with Allan Eustis of NIST. He seems quite open to adding
terms. I went ahead and submitted these two while we continue to
debate on wording/inclusion of others.

I wrote the following:

Dear Allan Eustis et al, NIST Voting Systems Standards,

I would like to add two terms, especially, to the voting terms
glossary. You may receive other requests/comments from Open Voting
Consortium or Open Voting Consortium members regarding the glossary,
but these are the most essential ones in my view.

SUMMARY PAPER BALLOT (SPB) is needed to distinguish the paper printout
from a computerized ballot marking system from other types of ballots.
 The SPB is analagous to the "Ticket" used in the 19th century,
whereby a voter submitted a list of his selections. This type of
paper ballot did not have all available choices listed -- only the
ones selected.


Also, we need a definition for OPEN VOTING SYSTEMS. For this, we have
summarized and revised the description given by Professor Irwin Mann
(NYU) in 1993.

Here's how I would like these to read:

SUMMARY PAPER BALLOT (SPB): A type of VVPB in which only affirmative
voting preferences are contained on a human-readable ballot. For
example, a SPB might contain the name of a voter's preferred
candidate, but omit the names of non-preferred candidates for
typographic and handling convenience
Association: Voting
Source: OVC

OPEN VOTING SYSTEM: A Voting System in which every component is
available to the general public under non-restrictive licensing terms
or is in the public domain. For hardware components an Open Voting
System relies on COTS devices.
See also Free Software, COTS.
Association: Security, Standardization, Software Engineering
Source: OVC

Alan Dechert
President, Open Voting Consortium
9560 Windrose Lane
Granite Bay, CA 95746
The Open Voting Consortium (OVC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to
the development, maintenance, and delivery of open voting systems for use in
public elections.

On Apr 7, 2005 2:04 AM, David Mertz <> wrote:
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