Dan Rather investigates the ivotronic

From: Charlie Strauss <cems_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Sun Aug 12 2007 - 22:01:29 CDT


This is sort of a "60-minutes" style investigation of touchscreen
voting. It's not a rehash either. Rather turns up some new evidence
such as tracking down the dilapidated plant where the ivotronic
touchscreens were assembled. There they were having a 30 to 40%
rejection rate on the screen themselves.

Apparently the issue here was rush to market. They needed lots of
machines, fast. So plant workers say the rejects got shipped too.

The above clip is a long teaser for the full hour show that airs on

I'm glad to have this done so mainstream. I just hope their
conclusion is not "we need perfect machines and perfectly trained
operators" and instead is we need a different approach that is
transparent, robust and self correcting in the face of errors.

Also I thought the "rush" to market aspect of it was another plus for
OVC's use of commodity hardware and multiple vendor business model.
This should be much less subject to source failures and have an
adversarial competitive nature that might lend some quality control.

Dan Rather Reports "The Trouble with Touch Screens" will air Tuesday,
August 14 at 8:00 p.m. ET. The program also airs at 11:00 p.m. ET to
accommodate west coast prime ti

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