Re: A question about how votes are cast (protecting against multiple sheets of paper)

From: Rick Gideon <rick_at_openvoting_dot_org>
Date: Sun Jan 18 2004 - 23:47:27 CST

While I won't comment on the first question I would like to address the
second question.

ballot

n.
1. A sheet of paper or a card used to cast or register a vote, especially
   a secret one.
2. The act, process, or method of voting, especially in secret.
3. A list of candidates running for office; a ticket.
4. The total of all votes cast in an election.
5. The right to vote; franchise.
6. A small ball once used to register a secret vote.

Many voting advocates out there (Citizens for Voting Integrity -
Washington, for example) are pushing for a Voter Verified Paper Ballot.

I believe verifiedvoting.org has also made the terminology change from
paper trail to paper ballot.

The OVC system exists as a ballot marking system, same as a pencil, a
stylus or a ballpoint pen. The paper produced by the OVC system is a
ballot, a legal tangible document that shows the intent of the voter and
is to be treated with the same security as traditional ballots.

Calling it something other than a ballot could confuse the issue at hand,
lets call it what it is, a ballot.

--rick

On Sun, 18 Jan 2004, Karl Auerbach wrote:

<SNIP>
> A second question that I have concerns our use of the word "ballot" - In
> the OVC system the ballot is the paper that contains the choices the voter
> made. This seems sufficiently dissonant from other uses of the term
> "ballot", including that word in the US Constitution, that we may want to
> find a differnt, less overloaded word, to act as the noun for the paper
> produced by the OVC system????
>
> --karl--
>
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>
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