Re: "dumb scanners"

From: Arthur Keller <voting_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Fri Dec 08 2006 - 02:05:31 CST

At 11:36 AM -0800 12/7/06, Richard C. Johnson wrote:
>You have almost exactly described the way the Open Voting Solutions'
>OpenScan system works. We handle the data from the ovals
>(coordinates, yes/no) and put the ballot data into a structure from
>which we can analyze everything needed for rank order voting. We
>use ID numbers (not serial numbers) to aid the auditing process.

Does OVS' OpenScan system support the printed summary ballot idea?

>By the way, when vote stealing has been attempted through ballot box
>stuffing, it worked very well. Voting parties, complete with
>Candidate Whiskey, were not rare in the 19th century. I would think
>long and hard before abandoning traditional requirements for both
>ballot secrecy and security of voting.

My favorite voting story (which might well not be true) is that Edgar
Allen Poe died of voting. He voted early and often and had a few too
many Candidate Whiskey's, and died of alcohol poisoning. If someone
knows the story's veracity and details, I'd love to hear it.

Best regards,

Arthur M. Keller, Ph.D., 3881 Corina Way, Palo Alto, CA  94303-4507
tel +1(650)424-0202, fax +1(650)424-0424
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