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

From: Ronald Crane <voting_at_lastland_dot_net>
Date: Sun Apr 19 2009 - 16:45:31 CDT
I'm glad that someone has fleshed this out. This is yet another way in which hand-filled paper ballots (possibly counted by properly-supervised machines) are superior to machine-created ballots. It's much cheaper and easier to accommodate voters by setting up more tables, privacy shields, and pens than it is to do so using machines (which have not only to be purchased, but to be securely stored and maintained). This advantage is especially pronounced during an unexpected surge in turnout, since card tables, privacy shields, and pens can be purchased or fabricated on election day, while machines usually cannot (or, at least, cannot be purchased or fabricated securely on such short notice).

-R

Arthur Keller wrote:
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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