Re: Nevada Voters Forum

From: Rick Gideon <rick_at_openvoting_dot_org>
Date: Fri Dec 05 2003 - 20:30:39 CST


Thanks for clearing that up. I really think that there needs to be a
change in language. Paper Trail has been used by many and still is in wide
use. We need to get people to say Paper Ballot instead. To me a trail is
non-legal, and nothing more than a receipt that can't necessarily make any
difference in an election. Whereas a ballot is a legal document that is
tangible and in essence *IS* the election. This is especially important
when talking to State and Federal Legislators, if the item is defined
correctly it makes all the difference in the world, especially when it
goes to law.


On Fri, 5 Dec 2003, Alan Dechert wrote:

> I want to make a fine point of clarification about something I wrote
> earlier:
> Lou said,
> >> Advocate paper trail verification to check it
> >> against the electronic record
> >
> Then I said,
> > We are doing that.
> >
> I guess there is nothing wrong, strictly speaking, with the way Lou put it.
> However, that's not quite how I see it.
> We don't have the paper trail to back up the electronic record. What we are
> really advocating, is a paper ballot which is backed up by the electronic
> record. The electronic record helps by providing additional audit trails
> and it facitates tabulation. But the printout says "OFFICIAL BALLOT."
> That's what it is -- the physical token representing the vote that the voter
> sees and verifies.
> Alan D.
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