Re: Peer review this New Mexico election data analyses

From: Charlie Strauss <cems_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Thu Dec 30 2004 - 17:00:56 CST

In NM, as noted in the document, currently day of election voting is
carried out on predominantly on push button DRE. So the "GUI" as were
is a paper, lights, leds and mechinical buttons. (election programming
is carried out at a register level not at the level of named
"variables".)

However, early elections, and if I recall correctly between a third and
half of NM voted early, are dominantly carried out on a mixture of
Touchscreen (mostly sequoia EDGE, one county is ivotronic) and paper.

Your analysis seems to tar a county as push button DRE if it used
pushbutton DRE in day-of-election. If you separated this out the early
voting I think this point needs to be more clearly made

On Dec 30, 2004, at 3:14 PM, Douglas W. Jones wrote:

>
> On Dec 30, 2004, at 4:05 PM, Kathy Dopp wrote:
>
>> <NM_Undervotes.pdf>
>
> You're counting precincts. Why not also count voters. Give the
> undervote rate as a fraction of the number of ballots cast, not
> as a fraction of the number of precincts reporting zero undervotes.
>
> But, the argument is compelling. The GUI of today's DRE systems
> most definitely needs to be improved. This is a human factors
> problem, not an inherent difficulty with the idea of DRE voting,
> but it demonstrates that DRE, as currently being sold, and as being
> used in New Mexico, needs improvement.
>
> I should note that Florida's numbers suggest that agressive programs
> of voter education about how to use a DRE machine do work, and that
> they end up with DRE only about twice as likely to undervote than
> mark-sense. Twice as likely to undervote, per voter, is still bad.
>
> Doug Jones
> jones@cs.uiowa.edu
>
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