Re: draft of text for new OVC-sponsored bill

From: Jim March <1_dot_jim_dot_march_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Sat Jan 24 2009 - 04:06:19 CST

Three points here:

* Bev Harris is NOT an HCPB die-hard. Never has been. She's a critic
of the current systems for damnsure, and a lot of people paying
attention to her went to the full-on HCPB camp. What Bev is pushing
right now is stronger auditing tools, and "Humboldt style scanning" is
part of that. She has in the past called for research to be done as
how best to count the vote, including whether or not HCPB systems
could be done with resources comparable overall to electronic voting,
but right now her focus is on auditing as a real CPA would understand
the term.

* Somehow you guys have to solve the question of "how do we confirm an
OVC-based system in the field is legit?" There's a bunch of ways to
do it, but you for damnsure have to pick one.

* The OVC project is also missing something: people are generally bad
at editing and proofreading, and they're generally worse at it when
it's their own stuff. This turns up in several fields: in writing and
journalism it's normal for editors to go over stuff by writers, and
let's not even start with what the programming/debugging biz has had
to do. Right now OVC's model is that everybody enters ballot choices
into an electronic screen and then proof-reads a piece of paper that
comes out. This is akin for forcing everybody to use
disability-access systems rather than just the disabled. Sighted
voters need to be working with actual paper with an actual pen, and
that result gets scanned. This eliminates the proofreading step.
Under the current proposal, very few people are going to review the
paper output showing their votes, esp. for down-ticket races. I know
the current "one plan for everybody" has a certain elegance to it,
but...it doesn't match very well with how humans actually operate.

Jim
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