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

From: Brent Turner <brent_at_trealestate_dot_net>
Date: Sun Apr 19 2009 - 11:37:07 CDT

This make sense except for the voter intent issues arising from letting the
voter doodle errant markings- and the lack of precision therein..

Sounds like the answer is to have more plentiful, less expensive ballot
marking systems ( and perhaps early voting.... ) Brent

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Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2009 12:17 AM
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Subject: [OVC-discuss] Fwd: [Votingtech] Touchscreen Voting Machines Cause
Long Lines and Disenfranchise Voters

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

Best regards,
Arthur

>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
>
>[snip]
>
>> > ...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
>
>[snip]
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