Re: OVC-discuss Digest, Vol 22, Issue 7

From: Jerry Lobdill <lobdillj_at_charter_dot_net>
Date: Mon Aug 07 2006 - 15:21:37 CDT


I'll do it.

Jerry Lobdill

At 02:00 PM 8/7/2006, you wrote:
>Message: 2
>Date: Mon, 07 Aug 2006 00:17:37 -0700
>From: Jim March <>
>Subject: [OVC-discuss] A task someone might take on before the Votepad
> hearing
>To: CEPN <>, Voting-Rights
> <>
>Message-ID: <>
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>I'm in the middle of writing my input to the SecState's office on the
>Hart/Votepad certifications. I've got enough else on my plate that
>while I can see an opportunity, I can't take advantage myself. If
>anyone has a few hours...
>Short form, we need to look for possible bias in the disability user
>reports on the votepad.
>To do that, we can look at the reports themselves:
>In those two PDFs we have the reports by disabled persons.
>We need to make up a chart, probably a basic spreadsheet, showing the
>* Test voter number (upper right corner)
>* Whether the tester was generally positive or negative towards the
>votepad - sort of a judgement call but it's generally pretty easy to
>* Whether they've tested other voting machines or not.
>* What organizations they're with (note when this is left blank)
>* Where they heard about the test (note when this is left blank)
>With that in "quick reference" form we can try and make a stab at
>identifying biases. I am particularly interested in any correlation
>between "tested other voting machines" and "panned the votepad", for
>this reason: some in the disability community see electronic voting
>machines as a visible symbol of disability freedom. Somebody spoke up
>like that in Arizona on Friday (Pima County Board of Supes voting on
>Diebold TSx) and it's been a long-standing refrain of the National
>Federation of the Blind.
>Such a chart will help us look for those sorts of biases. Should be no
>more than a couple hour's work, publish the spreadsheet, we'll have a
>better feel for what's going on. If nobody volunteers by tomorrow
>night...sigh, I'll try and get to it. Whaaaa.
>In other news: my commentary on Votepad will focus on the apparant
>radical difference in treatment between Votepad being allowed to get
>involved in their test process and Diebold get invited into theirs.
>Diebold outright designed a test protocol passed along verbatim by Bruce
>McDannold at one point (December of '05) and I'll be focused on that
>hard...I have a copy of Diebold's "proposed test protocol" of that date.
>I'm going to unload on the SecState's office rather severely :).
>Jim March

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