Re: draft of text for new OVC-sponsored bill

From: Arthur Keller <voting_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Mon Jan 19 2009 - 21:41:44 CST

At 7:32 PM -0800 1/19/09, Alan Dechert wrote:
>From: "cls" <>
>> I want a solution
>>that can blow the doors off the hand-marked, hand-counted,
>>no-computers-in-the-whole-chain luddite bandwagon. ....
>I don't think such a solution exists or can exist.
>And we don't need it. We need something that's good -- much better
>than the options currently available. In any case, the issue has
>nothing to do with the bill. The bill, if SoS supports it, will
>give the open source community a chance to develop and test software
>and hardware solutions -- and get them certified and ready to use
>for federal elections.
>All due respect, Cameron, I think the luddites you speak of are
>really not typical at all of people in the wide wide world. The
>"luddite bandwagon" has little horsepower. Very very few people
>want to spend election night hand counting ballots. The vast
>majority of people like having technology that can accomplish tasks
>more quickly and efficiently than manual methods. Of course, there
>are risks with technology but there are risks with manual methods.

The perfect is the enemy of the good, to paraphrase Voltaire. We do
not require a perfect system. We require a reasonably secure,
accurate, and reliable system that enables auditing and is audited to
reduce the potential for a fraudulent result below a reasonably small
threshold and yet maintains usability, accessibility and ballot

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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