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

From: Earl Killian <earl_at_killian_dot_com>
Date: Tue Apr 28 2009 - 12:54:23 CDT

It seems to me that one wants
(1) Human-markable paper ballots as the permanent record
(2) A machine that verifies the correctness of the human-marked ballot
on the spot before it is put in the box
(3) A touchscreen machine that marks these paper ballots for people
that prefer the touchscreen interface

The properties of such a system include the advantages of touchscreen,
but with a remedy for long lines (voters can switch to hand marking if
the line gets too long). It also reduces the error rate because of #2.
The quantity of #2 is unlikely to be a limiting factor, as we're
talking about using those machines for seconds rather than minutes.

-Earl

On Apr 19, 2009, at 9:37 AM, Brent Turner wrote:

> 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
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: ovc-discuss-bounces+brent=trealestate.net@listman.sonic.net
> [mailto:ovc-discuss-bounces+brent=trealestate.net@listman.sonic.net]
> On
> Behalf Of Arthur Keller
> Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2009 12:17 AM
> To: Open Voting Consortium discussion list
> 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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