Re: Selling paper as a voting medium

From: Edmund R. Kennedy <ekennedyx_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Wed Jul 07 2004 - 09:39:57 CDT

Hello David:
 
     I agree that paper is an under rated medium. It's something that we've been using for literally centuries (think papyrus) and that we understand quite well. In the, "New York Times," article on the Napa Valley elections that I recently posted, it's fascinating that they are able to fairly easily distinguish between different types of writing devices used on paper. I'm not altogether sure that this is something that is easy to do on a removable SD Ram chip or similar. Also, we do take ourselves a little too seriously at times and despite the importance of our work it's a good idea to introduce a little levity now and then. Bread does not rise without a little levening.
 
Thanks, Ed Kennedy

David Jefferson <d_jefferson@yahoo.com> wrote:
Ed,

I can't quite tell if you are being serious or humorous--maybe both.

I, however, am serious. Many people seem to think paper is some kind
of retro, analog medium from a bygone era, and our support for it as
indicative of our failure to appreciate the speed, reliability and
overall cleanliness of electronic storage. But other than recordable
optical disks, which are much too large, we really don't have any
convenient, write-once media other than paper. Likewise, we have no
other medium that is directly human readable without the intervention
of some device and/or software. The combination of those two security
properties is, as far as I know, unique to paper. If we make that
essentially technical point, I think we will win some additional
respect for paper ballots.

David

On Jul 6, 2004, at 8:07 PM, Ed Kennedy wrote:

> 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"
> To:
> Cc: "David Jefferson"
> 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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