Re: First draft of Stepping Stones -- Markamatic proposal. Please read and comment. Details are very negotiable but the concept is not!

From: laird popkin <lairdp_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Thu Dec 09 2004 - 18:08:28 CST

I'll second this. I like this for a couple of reasons:
- It retains the most important (IMO) aspect of the full OVC system,
in that it provides voter verified paper ballots. I consider this the
most important, because it enables meaningful audits and recounts,
without which you can't trust a voting system.
- It still provides touchscreen voting, which has all of the
advantages that the civil rights community cares about (easier/lower
cost multi-lingual voting, audio-prompting for vision impaired and
non-literate voters, etc.), eliminates overvoting, and can reduce
accidental undervoting.
- It's a very focused target, so we can more easily coordinate the
implementation effort.
- It's very easy to explain to people, so it's easy to "sell".
- It lets local officials continue to use whatever central tabulation
system, etc., they're using.
- It can run on standard PC's and printers (so it's
cheap/easy/efficient to deploy).
- It's open source software, which is appropriate for the public
process of voting.
- We can establish/promote a standard for ballot formats, so that we
can work with multiple ballot readers/tabulation systems. This enables
competition at that level of the system, and also allows for running
ballots through two independent tabulation systems, which (even if
they're proprietary) will make the results more trustworthy.

Of course, even if we focus technichnical implementation on "The
Markamatic", we have to still promote the other process issues, such
as having multiple people witness all steps of the process, posting
all local vote counts immediately, auditing ballots to detect
potential fraud, etc. If there are VVPB's and a solid process, then
youcan trust the process more, even if it's implemented as "black

And once we have this up and working, we've also established the
credibility that will allow us to move on to the rest of the voting
system. All open source is the best answer...

- LP

On Thu, 9 Dec 2004 13:27:32 -0500 (EST), Kathy Dopp <> wrote:
> Ed Kennedy said:
> >
> > The Markamatic Proposal
> >
> >
> > Proposed: Focus on developing the Markamatic with the idea of sending
> > it our for certification on July 4, 2005. Build the rest of the system
> > after and around that.
> This sounds like an excellent idea. OVC may be able to submit bid
> proposals in the Spring if it focused on developing a Markamatic first.
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