Selling paper as a voting medium

From: Ed Kennedy <ekennedyx_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Tue Jul 06 2004 - 22:07:07 CDT

Hello David:

    Humm. Paper might be sexier if we used some sort of cyber language to
describe it. How about,

Non volatile mass storage
Graphite write and photon read technologies
Recyclable cellulose medium.
Verifiable write once, read many technology with added mark up capabilities
Uses commonly available infrastructures
Low unit cost.

Think that might help?

Thanks, Ed Kennedy

----- Original Message -----
From: "David Jefferson" <d_jefferson@yahoo.com>
To: <voting-project@lists.sonic.net>
Cc: "David Jefferson" <d_jefferson@yahoo.com>
Sent: Saturday, July 03, 2004 10:26 PM
Subject: Re: [voting-project] OVC Architecture Decision Tree

> > 2. Why a paper ballot? We know what the problems are with paper
> > ballots.
> > We've had a lot of practice getting it right for over a 100 years.
> > Even if
> > things mess up, it's easy to correct things with paper ballots.
>
> I think there are better ways to describe why a paper ballot is
> good.
>
> Paper has a trio of fundamental *security* properties that, as far as I
> know, no other storage medium enjoys:
>
> a) It is write-once storage. After it is written, it cannot be
> overwritten or erased, by humans or software, without detection.
>
> b) Paper is machine readable (via OCR).
>
> c) Paper is ALSO readable directly by humans without the need for
> special equipment or software. Hence, ordinary people do not need to
> trust some device or program (even if open source) to read it.
>
> David
>

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