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

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Tue Jan 20 2004 - 08:39:40 CST

On Jan 19, 2004, at 5:26 PM, Karl Auerbach wrote:

> But I have a lingering question:
>
> As I understand it, the OVC ballot ...

First, a note on terminology. We hope, eventually, that the OVC
will provide a framework for the development of a wide array of
open source voting software. In the long run, there may be several
competing open-source models of how to do this. There are states
where the rules that are emerging for voter-verified paper ballots
prohibit the voter from touching the ballot, for example, and I'd
hope to see open source applied in those states as well.

This leads me to wonder if it might be wrong to refer to any
particular voting system as THE OVC SYSTEM. The truth is, the OVC
demo system being discussed right now implements the Dechert model
for a voter-verified paper ballot, and it's a decent system to do
as a demo.

Perhaps we should call it the OVC 1 system, allowing for a future
OVC 2 system that might implement the Mercuri model, and perhaps an
OVC 3 system that implements an as yet to be articulated but, once
we find out what it is, a clearly superior model?

                        Doug Jones
                        jones@cs.uiowa.edu
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