Fwd: [Votingtech] Touchscreen Voting Machines Cause Long Lines and Disenfranchise Voters

From: Arthur Keller <voting_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Sun Apr 19 2009 - 02:16:45 CDT

This article may be of interest to the design of an open voting system.

Best regards,

>Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2009 22:48:59 -0400
>To: votingtech@hss.caltech.edu
>From: Dick Pratt <rhpratt@his.com>
>Subject: [Votingtech] Touchscreen Voting Machines Cause Long Lines and
> Disenfranchise Voters
>(Forwarded from TrueVote.) Since this seems to be a scientific
>paper it should be of interest to this group. --Dick Pratt
>> > ...Bill Edelstein, and his physicist son Arthur D. Edelstein have
>> > written a paper entitled, "Touchscreen Voting Machines Cause Long Lines
>> > and Disenfranchise Voters."... The abstract:
>>> Computerized touchscreen "Direct Recording Electronic" DRE voting systems
>>> have been used by over 1/3 of American voters in recent elections. In many
>>> places, insufficient DRE numbers in combination with lengthy ballots and
>>> high voter traffic have caused long lines and disenfranchised voters who
>>> left without voting. We have applied computer queuing simulation to the
>>> voting process and conclude that far more DREs, at great expense, would be
>>> needed to keep waiting times low. Alternatively, paper ballot-optical scan
>>> systems can be easily and economically scaled to prevent long lines and
>>> meet unexpected contingencies.
>> > (end of abstract)
>Draft paper available at:
>> <http://arxiv.org/pdf/0810.5577v1>http://arxiv.org/pdf/0810.5577v1
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