Re: draft of text for new OVC-sponsored bill

From: Arthur Keller <voting_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Tue Feb 03 2009 - 03:58:47 CST

At 11:15 AM -0800 1/28/09, Ronald Crane wrote:
>Critical review -- though often difficult to hear -- is high-octane
>fuel for the engine of improvement. OVC's focus on ballot printers
>for all voters oversells their benefits and understates their
>security risks, especially versus hand-filled, machine-tabulated
>paper ballot systems. It also distracts from the benefits that
>OVC-style tabulators (and potentially OVC-style ballot printers for
>the disabled) could offer. There has been something of a wave of
>"open source == secure" rhetoric in the air, and OVC has ridden it,
>even though the argument's applicability to voting systems is
>significantly reduced by their special characteristics. Still, OVC's
>push to open voting systems to public scrutiny is a good one, and
>could lead to not only equipment improvements, but also process
>improvements. Some I'd like to see are statistically-justified hand
>audits of tabulators' counts; the posting of totals outside each
>precinct; citizen supervision of ballot chains of custody; and more
>effective equipment certification.

I have been thinking a lot about hand-marked, machine-tabulted paper
ballot systems. I can see advantages and disadvantages of the
Dechert-architecture. But I can also see advantages and
disadvantages to a system that uses hand-marked paper ballots that
can be hand tabulated or machine tabulated, with a ballot printer
architecture for the disabled. My thoughts are that the ballot
printer architecture can create a ballot identical in form to a
hand-marked ballot and thereby get tabulated the same way.

I also want the precinct-count optical scanner to present to the
voter the selections made on the ballot, to help ensure that the
ballot was interpreted correctly.

OVC was created to promote open source voting systems, not merely to
promote one architecture.

Best regards,

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