Re: Paperless voting Re: OVC-discuss Digest, Vol 28, Issue 25

From: Nancy Tobi <ntobi_at_democracyfornewhampshire_dot_com>
Date: Wed Feb 14 2007 - 16:41:20 CST

MoveOn - like Common Cause and True Majority (sic) have been contacted
on this issue for over a year now. They have ignored those of us who
have been opposing this legislation. Maybe now with some fractures in
VoteTrustUSA and with John Gideon's VotersUnite withdrwaing support
they might budge. But my guess is they are in tight with the Dems who
are promoting this awful piece of micromanaging, antidemocracy
legislation, and will not budge.

They, like Holt, are like GW Bush: marching forward to their goal with
blinders on to any realities or citizen outcry along the way.

On 2/14/07, Edmund R. Kennedy <ekennedyx@yahoo.com> wrote:
>
> Hello:
>
> If there is general agreement about the problems with Holt's bill, then
> someone needs to contact Move-On directly. I've tried to reply to a
> mistaken receipt from them to ask them to contact OVC and gotten a polite,
> "We'll get back to you." message. I've got a lot of other stuff on my plate
> so I need to hand this off.
>
> Thanks, Ed Kennedy
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> ----- Original Message ----
> From: Richard C. Johnson <dick@iwwco.com>
> To: Open Voting Consortium discussion list <ovc-discuss@listman.sonic.net>
> Sent: Wednesday, February 14, 2007 2:13:58 PM
> Subject: Re: [OVC-discuss] Paperless voting Re: OVC-discuss Digest, Vol 28,
> Issue 25
>
> VVPB is simply a paper ballot, the official ballot in an election. At a
> minimum, there will be handicapped voters using touch screens to generate
> ballots, which will then be fed through precinct scanners. Precinct
> scanners are by far the most popular means of voting in the US and, except
> for handicapped voters, all ballots will be marked by the voter's own hand.
> Using ballot markers for non-handicapped voters is expensive, redundant, and
> rare. I agree with Phil that in almost all instances the ballot should be
> marked directly by the voter.
>
> Proprietary software used in precinct scanners, however, is now used to
> count the paper ballots. So...paper ballots are just the first step. The
> second critical step is to use Open Source software in the scanners and
> computers. The third step, still some ways off, is to have standard, Open
> Design hardware (computers and scanners) used. Otherwise, in step two, the
> use of COTS hardware helps to insure quality and voting-neutral manufacture
> until step three is feasible.
>
> -- Dick
>
> Phil Fry <phil@ctcn.net> wrote:
> I don't know the definition of a VVPB, other than a Voter-Verified Paper
> Ballot. Given the context of the email below, it seems like it is something
> that could be produced starting with a DRE. But there is no way I know of to
> be sure the ballot is verified unless the voter fills it out by hand.
>
> The OVC approach produces a ballot that can be hand counted or scanned.
> But it doesn't force verification. A voter could take the printed ballot and
> put it in the stack/box for scanning, or even scan it him/her self without
> ever verifying the ballot. And in the case where a VVPB is read by an OS
> device, the voter is not normally (I don't know the OVC plan in detail)
> given feedback on how the ballot was read by the device. So a second
> verification step is really called for.
>
> Phil
>
> Richard C. Johnson wrote:
> So called "paper trails" have a record of having failed in actual use, being
> defective by design and not liable to fixing. They are flimsy and totally
> inappropriate for any archival record. It is a grave error to see them
> enshrined in the Holt Bill as a sop to those manufacturers who wish to use
> them to diffuse legitimate criticism. VVPAT is not enough; VVPB is what
> must be required.
>
> -- Dick
>
> John Burik <John@caseohio.org> wrote:
> While Holt II permits voting with paper ballots counted either via optical
> scan or by hand, its minimum standards permits DREs with verifiable paper
> trails of which at best only 10% will be counted in an audit. Its Sec. 327
> permits reliance on machine counts in the presence of clear and convincing
> evidence the paper records have been compromised.
>
> I do not support AS WRITTEN.
>
> John, CASE
>
>
> On 2/14/07 3:00 PM,
> "ovc-discuss-request@listman.sonic.net"
> wrote:
>
> > Today's Topics:
> >
> > 1. Fw: Ban paperless voting (Edmund R. Kennedy)
> >
> >
> >
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> >
> > Message: 1
> > Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2007 11:44:30 -0800 (PST)
> > From: "Edmund R. Kennedy"
> > Subject: [OVC-discuss] Fw: Ban paperless voting
> > To: Open Voting Consortium discussion list
> >
> > Message-ID:
> <955326.77361.qm@web81911.mail.mud.yahoo.com>
> > Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1"
> >
> > FYI
> >Dear MoveOn member,
> > Too many voters are still stuck with paperless electronic voting
> > machines?machines
> > that are vulnerable to tampering and malfunction.
>
> [snip]
>
> --
> John Burik MEd, PCC
>
>
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Nancy Tobi, Chair
Democracy for New Hampshire
DFNH Fair Elections Committee
PO Box 717 | Concord, NH 03301
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