Re: Council yanks voting machine funding

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Mon Aug 16 2004 - 15:59:15 CDT

At 3:47 PM -0500 8/16/04, Douglas W. Jones wrote:
>On Aug 14, 2004, at 4:15 PM, Alan Dechert wrote:
>
>>Also note that the VeriVote printer assembly scrolls the printout from one
>>reel to the other preserving the order of the vote. This appears to violate
>>safeguards for a secret ballot.
>
>Here's what I told a Sequoia rep about this:
>
>If this machine was brought to Iowa, we'd probably reject it for this
>reason, but:
>
>So long as there is no examination of the paper record, it's OK that they're
>in order. So long as the tape remains rolled up and sealed, perhaps there
>is no problem. The economics of the system might in fact be appropriate, if
>there was a procedure for guaranteeing anonymity when the roll of tape is
>unrolled. For example, one could imagine an unrolling machine, only one of
>which would be needed, per county, that could snip the tape between ballots
>and drop all the separate segments into a bin from which they would be drawn
>for recounting.
>
>There might even be a way to divide the ballots without looking at them, if,
>for example, a mark were printed on the back of the tape between ballots. In
>that case, unreeling the tape upside down and cutting with scissors would
>suffice for privacy protection, assuming the print couldn't be read from
>the back.
>
>This is still subject to debate, because it remains possible, in principle,
>to disclose who voted if these procedures are ignored. The question is, will
>the public accept procedural safeguards, or must voter privacy be absolute.
>That is a political and legal question, not a technical one.

Is there an automated way to tally the AVVPAT for a recount? If not,
I fear that there will be great pressure to avoid the cost of doing
so, by minimizing the frequency and scope of a recount. That's a key
benefit of our system: we actually count the paper.

Best regards,
Arthur

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