Re: smartmatic

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Mon Aug 23 2004 - 16:52:54 CDT

Arnold Urken <> wrote:
|Smartmatic ( has been making a big splash with
|full-page ads in the Times and celebration of its reliability (with
|paper trail) in Venezuela. There's not enough detail about the auditing
|process to determine how it compares to the OVC model. But we might want
|to take account of it in some way in our paper.

It is a nice success for something pretty close to OVC-style machines.
I wish the source code was open too, of course. But the procedure of
using a touch screen to generate a paper ballot... and a ballot that is
manually examined by a voter before being deposited in a ballot box
(contra the Mercuri ballot-under-glass design)... is basically the same
as we have. The web site even takes trouble to note the random order of
EBI storage, even if we don't know the specific mechanism by which it is

Btw. I had read something earlier--or thought I did--about Olivetti
developing the software for the machines. I don't see that on the
Smartatic site. Was it just an error by me, or by the reporter, or is
this some complex subsidiary and sub-contracting sort of thing?
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