Re: FAQ # 25

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Fri Dec 12 2003 - 18:59:30 CST

RE: [voting-project] FAQ # 25
> The Blind-Accessible Ballot System will use the same data files as the
> Standard Ballot system, and will generate identical printed ballots. .....

> The system will be equipped with voice synthesis software, headphones,
> and a keyboard, allowing the blind voter to have the system read to them
> without any loss of privacy.
> (I'm guessing about the keyboard, etc. How'd I do?)
Nice guess, but a little off I'd say. The demo system will have a keyboard
included for the vision impaired interface. I don't think we know yet if
the production system would have a keyboard. The Australian system uses the
same keypad for both blind and sighted voters (I'm not sure if they have to
worry much about write-ins).

More importantly, you can't really verify the vote on the same machine on
which the selections were made (how do you know the machine isn't lying?).
Verification must be made on another system that has no connection to the
voting machine and no other way to know what selections were made on the
voting machine. The printout will be placed in a privacy folder (non-human
readable barcode exposed) and taken to another machine (scanning station)
where the voter can hear selections read back through headphones.

I think we've rejected voice synthesis for now. It's easy enough (and more
pleasant) to record wav (or mp3) files that the voting will hear. This part
of the Bar Code Vocalization application has been demonstrated in the
standalone demo (by me) and the on-line demo by Jan (he converts the sound
files representing the selections into one mp3 file -- you can try this out
here )

Alan D.
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