Re: Council yanks voting machine funding

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Tue Aug 17 2004 - 09:09:29 CDT

On Aug 16, 2004, at 5:20 PM, charlie strauss wrote:

> the order that people actually vote at a polling place is not
> officially recorded ( or at least the common practice is there is a
> sheet linting the regiustered voters for a precint in alphbetical
> order, and these names are checked off as each person votes, but the
> order they are checked off in is not recorded).

I've worked as a partisan election observer, recording who'd voted so
the
party could know who to call in their late afternoon get-out-the-vote
drive.
As a rule, interested observers can easily record the order of voters
and
the machines they use.

In Iowa, at least, voters don't sign the pollbook, they sign serial
numbered
afadavits of eligibility. These record the order of sign-in at the
polls.
The former practice, as each voter signs in, was for the pollworkers to
call
out their name clearly enough that all observers could hear who it is.
The
current practice is to circulate the written afadavit to all observers
before
it is returned and put in the box of completed afadavits.

> Now in principle some evildoer could stand outside and record people
> entering and leaving.

Why stand outside? Stand inside. Polling places are public places,
and so
long as you're not being in any way disruptive, you're welcome, at
least in
Iowa.

> Also a poll worker with the memory of Kreskin could memorize the
> order.

Who needs to memorize. Take notes.

> But as long as those persons dont have access to the roll itself this
> knoweldge does no good.

But the roll itself is a public record in many states.

> I note that OVC itself has an administrative step ...

Please distinguish between the OVC and the OVC prototype. The OVC is
not
really constituted as the advocate of a single solution to the problems
posed
by democracy, but rather, I (at least) hope it evolves into an umbrella
that
can encourage the development of a variety of interoperable voting
solutions.

                        Doug Jones
                        jones@cs.uiowa.edu
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