Re: Consensus of the OVC

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Sun Jul 25 2004 - 12:35:51 CDT


> On Wed, 26 May 2004, Arthur Keller wrote:
> > I'm suggesting pagenated selection and (as much as possible)
> > full-face verification. However, if you finad a problem in the
> > displayed ballot, you click on the item with the problem, and the EVM
> > takes you directly to make that choice again. Once your finished,
> > you get back to the full-face verification. You do not have to
> > remake the subsequent choices in sequence. Our current RII gets you
> > back to remake all the subsequent choices over again, and that's a
> > real pain.
> No, it doesn't.
> Another thing with the RII: When I looked closer at the pictures
> from the April 1 demo, I noticed that the text on the screen was
> messed up. My guess is that this was caused by some output from
> the audio player (qtplay?). If it writes to standard error, you
> can suppress it by starting the RII with the command:
> 2>/dev/null
> This is probably shell dependent (works with bash/ksh/sh).
Thanks for the clarification. Also, not to belabor this point, but noticing
Arthur's suggestion regarding pagination v. full-faced... his suggestion is
pretty much meaningless.

Pagination v. full-faced is an important study question. We need to deal
with state laws and federal guidelines. This doesn't mean we have to just
accept what the laws and guidelines say (actually, we can't), but that we
have to deal with them. For example, federal guidelines want to minimize
page turns. New York state law has (or has had) a law requiring full-faced.
The OVC needs to be involved in this issue but we need something more
substantial than someone's suggestion. We need to be able to point to
extensive trials and well-designed human factors tests that illustrate
advantages/weaknesses of these approaches. There will be changes in federal
and state guidelines, standards, and laws. We need to make sure these
guidelines and laws make sense from a scientific and engineering
perspective, and get involved in the wording of these guidelines and laws
regarding pagination v. full-faced.

Alan D.
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