Re: suggested proposals for federal election integrity legislation

From: Arthur Keller <voting_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Fri Dec 01 2006 - 17:08:32 CST

At 1:13 PM -0800 12/1/06, Ron Crane wrote:
>Arthur Keller wrote:
>>The proliferation of ballots styles in a primary means lots of
>>supplies are needed for hand-marked paper ballots. That's an
>>argument for blank ballot stock that can be used by electronic ballot
>>printers to produce printed summary ballots for the ballot style
>>desired by the voter. Similarly, early voting can be done more
>>easily on electronic ballot printers than hand-marked paper ballots
>>or the like.
>I think these are minor questions compared to the security and
>transparency implications of machine-printed ballots. As I see it,
>the only case where machine-printed ballots confer a significant
>benefit that weighs against their risk is where a voter cannot vote
>independently without using the machine. [1] But the Vote-PAD can
>help many of the same voters that a ballot printer can, and without
>the added risk. With additional research, it seems that an improved
>Vote-PAD could help even more voters.

Please explain how you would deal with centralized early voting in a
primary where there will be literally hundreds of ballots styles from
which to choose. It is not fair to rely on ballots mailed to
people's houses, because they often don't arrive on time.

>[1] A ballot printer that also keeps electronic ballot records can
>provide some protection against some local frauds by exploiting the
>ability to cross-check electronic and paper records. But I think
>that's far outweighed by the possibility of global fraud that the
>ballot printer introduces, not to mention its opacity -- which
>necessitates expert supervision.

That's what the OVC design does. I guess our weighting of the
various approaches and their security/benefits is different. I
respect your opinion and contributions, but I think it will be hard
to resolve our differences.

Best regards,

Arthur M. Keller, Ph.D., 3881 Corina Way, Palo Alto, CA  94303-4507
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