Re: Charter

From: Keith Copenhagen <K_at_copetech_dot_com>
Date: Wed Dec 08 2004 - 19:12:00 CST

I'd like to advocate the primary vision as "One person - One vote"

While one of the most attractive promises of voting technology is to
provide ballot
access to more people. I claim the key contribution that the OVC can
provide is to
build confidence and trust by building and deploying good technology.

"One person - One vote" is the foundation for
(1) VVPAT, audit and procedural protections from vote fraud.
(2) Political sunshine and it’s cousin Open source software.
(3) Anonymous voting to avoid coercion.

While I heartily agree with Ken's "count every vote", in practice this
country has had over 1%
loss in virtually all elections, I think the limited resources of the OVC
should focus on
1, 2 & 3 above.

Thanks for reading

On Wed, 08 Dec 2004 17:15:03 -0500, Ken Pugh <kpughmisc@pughkilleen.com>
wrote:

>
>
> In parallel with Keith Copenhagen’s Strawman Proposal, I suggest the
> following draft charter for OVC. If such a charter already exists, I
> missed it and I apologize for the duplication. Without having a vision
> and objectives, it’s hard to know where one is going and when one gets
> there. The objectives are measurable tests that should be achieved
> within a given amount of time.
>
> -----------------------------------------------------------------
>
> * Vision of OVC
>
> To insure that every registered voter who casts a ballot has their vote
> accurately counted.
>
> [ Alternative - To insure that every eligible voter has the opportunity
> to cast a vote which is accurately counted. This alternative would
> expand the scope to the registration process itself]
>
> * Goals
>
> 1. No ballot shall be disqualified due to any problems with the ballot
> (illegibility, overvote, etc.)
>
> 2. All votes shall be capable of being recounted using paper ballots
> that have been verified by the voter.
>
> 3. The vote totals that are reported by any electronic means and the
> totals reported by hand counting shall agree exactly.
>
> [Alternative – If the vision was expanded, then another goal might be:
> Every eligible voter shall be registered to vote]
>
> * Objectives
>
> 1. Ballots with overvotes, other than ballots that have been submitted
> by absentee ballot, shall be zero [or less than .1% of the ballots cast
> in a precinct] by the general election of 2006.
>
> 2. The discrepancy between tabulated paper ballots and electronically
> tabulated ballots shall be less than .1% of the votes cast in any
> precinct and less than .01% of the votes cast in a state by the general
> election of 2006.
>
> [These percentages are arbitrary – they should be set as potentially
> acceptable goals. There will probably never be an exact match between
> the two numbers, but the match should be close enough].
>
> -----------------------------------------------------------------
>
> * Courses of Action
>
> The Strawman proposal suggests some tracks ways for achieving these
> objectives. I would realign the tracks into the following possibilities:
>
> a. OVC could produce a software/hardware system that met the objectives.
> b. OVC could produce a framework for systems to meet these objectives.
> c. OVC could create a set of tests that commercial systems had to pass
> in order to give reasonable certainty of meeting these objects
> d. OVC could suggest legislative wording that would require these
> objectives to be met.
>
> With the exception of legislative action, I expect that any of these
> tracks are possible within a reasonable period of time and I’d be happy
> to work on any one of them. After the 2000 election, I proposed a
> system to some NC legislators, but nothing came to pass at that time.
>
> Ken Pugh
>
>
> At 08:30 PM 12/7/2004, Keith Copenhage wrote:
>
>> Strawaman Proposal & Plan for the OVC community.
>>
>> Overview : A two pronged approach,
>> Track 1 :
>> Specify and publish a voting system component framework
>> (Stepping Stone), and then working with the existing election &
>> political structure, building expectations & evaluation criteria, and
>> work toward adoption.
>> Refine and enhance the data models, data validation models,
>> audit and self-checking.
>>
>> Track 2 :
>> Focus on the value added that the OVC can provide, prioritize
>> and build components within the Stepping Stone Framework, as well as
>> general supporting tools and methodologies.
>> Deploy and enhance systems, create redundant mechanisms and
>> enhanced security modes.
>>
>> Track 1 : Stepping Stone Voting System Vision
>> Phase 1 :
>> a. Adopt and publish a component (functional) framework reflecting
>> critical interfaces and data flow in the voting process.
>> b. Identify the evaluation criteria for each component & interface.
>> Develop proposals for test & audit of each component.
>> c. Anticipate issues with the Framework, and provide for remedies.
>>
>> Phase 2 :
>> a. Support legislative & election adoption of the framework &
>> evaluation criteria. Including providing draft language for
>> legislation & criteria.
>>
>> Track 2 : Voting System Component Development
>> Phase 1 :
>> a. Clarify the OVC value added and publish the OVC design criteria &
>> methodology.
>>
>> Phase 2:
>> a. Harden the data models.
>> b. Build structural methodologies and components.
>> c. Prioritize and implement Stepping Stone components.
>>
>>
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>>
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