Re: NY Times: Editorial Observer: What's Wrong WithMyVoting Machine?

From: Richard C. Johnson <dick_at_iwwco_dot_com>
Date: Tue Dec 05 2006 - 10:06:22 CST

OVS has technology to support either DRE+paper or scanners, using XML. We will not make anything that lacks a paper ballot, and we strongly believe in the merit of cross-checking between electronic and paper forms.

We have found that the software is very similar between the precinct scan machine we offered to New York and the DRE+paper ballot style we have developed. Using full face on a small screen for a very large ballot may mean that most users will employ the built-in magnification that can follow the cursor. Full face is not really a problem, just a question for how you use the available screen size in your monitor.

Our Kodak i40 scanner can handle both sides simultaneously for as large a ballot as 8.5inx34in. No problem for most states.

For information on our company, see Our current strategy, because of the high ITA cost of certification, is to focus on our registration product, OpenPollBook. OPB does not have to be certified. We are under contract with Minnesota for a trial in an upcoming election. Only profits from this product, or a timely investment from a VC, can provide enough capital to jump the certification barrier and truly enter the voting system market. Technology we have, money we don't. Gotta fix that latter problem.


-- Dick

charlie strauss <> wrote:

-----Original Message-----
>From: "Richard C. Johnson"
>Sent: Dec 4, 2006 6:03 PM
>To: charlie strauss , Open Voting Consortium discussion list
>Subject: Re: [OVC-discuss] NY Times: Editorial Observer: What's Wrong WithMy Voting Machine?
>The requirement of NYC that we (and other bidders) be in full compliance with state requirements ($$$ paid up) rather than inability to handle the full face NY ballot is the reason only the five were considered by NYC. We handle the ballot just fine, we use open international standards for handling election data (OASIS approved EML), and it is absolutely untrue that NY is unable to "find" an Open Source alternative.

I'm not as familiar with OVS and I am with OVC. When you say you can handle full-face just fine does that mean a touch screen like OVC or a paper ballot scanner.

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