Re: Ballot Validation and voting machine initializtion

From: Ken Pugh <kpughmisc_at_pughkilleen_dot_com>
Date: Wed Dec 15 2004 - 18:36:09 CST

Why not have the computer eat the token (i.e. scan it into a lock
box)? The number of tokens scanned should equal the number of votes cast
on that machine. Any discrepancy is cause for alarm.

Ken

At 04:44 AM 12/15/2004, you wrote:

>Well yeah, there's some basic issues here. BUT! Broaden the picture out:
>how do you prevent duplicate voting IN GENERAL?
>
>OK, let's take it back to a classic paper vote. You've got people filling
>out ballot slips and putting them in boxes. How do you keep them from
>doing it twice?
>
>You make them sign in at a polling place, they get one pre-printed ballot,
>they fill it out and then either take it back to the pollworker saying "I
>screwed it up, can we rip this one up so I can try again?" OR "here's my
>vote, let's stick it in the box".
>
>OK. Once you have a "token" that can be plugged into any voting terminal,
>you solve a lot of problems.
>
>Now. Guy walks up to a voting machine, "barcode vote token" in hand.
>The screen says "HOLD BARDCODED VOTER ID SLIP UNDER THE SCANNER TO YOUR
>RIGHT, BARCODE SIDE UP". Scanner has the word "SCANNER" on it.
>Backwards or forwards doesn't matter, both edges have live strips.
>
>Machine turns on when it reads, they vote. End of voting session, the
>screen says "DEPOSIT BALLOT (LARGE PAPER) IN BALLOT BOX NOW - THE SMALL
>SLIP OF PAPER YOU USED TO LOGIN TO THE VOTING MACHINE WITH CAN ONLY BE
>USED ONCE - TOSS IT IN THE BALLOT BOX TOO." That way the message the
>voter is a unified "chuck all the vote-related papers in the ballot box"
>versus "ballot box for one paper, throw the other away" - they might mix
>'em up!
>
>It works, guys. Easy enough to chuck out the small papers ("tokens") at
>the place where the ballot boxes are opened.
>
>Jim
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