Re: Critical analysis of VoteHere

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Fri Dec 19 2003 - 19:10:18 CST

> Remember, there is nothing that can be done about a
> lost paper ballot, and no recount can fix it.
>
I don't buy this. Please review the ballot reconciliation procedure as
outlined here:

http://gnosis.python-hosting.com/voting-project/December.2003/0104.html

When the precinct report is produced as a result of this process, you have
an electronic record that has been verified against the paper record.
People witness the process from the moment the ballot box is opened.

If some paper ballots are lost after that, I see no reason the electronic
record could not be substituted for these paper ballots since that
electronic record was verified against the paper ballots right after the
ballot box was opened. Sure this is not as good as having the actual paper
ballots, but it's pretty strong evidence that the paper ballots were placed
in the ballot box -- and the contents of the ballots checked.

The electronic ballot images could not be easily altered undetectably since
there are several copies in various places including the copy that gets
written to CD on the voting machine after the polls close. This is on top
of electronic signing of the ballot.

Alan D.

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