Re: Bev Harris Trashed OVC at the Houston Election Hearing

From: Jim March <jmarch_at_prodigy_dot_net>
Date: Sat Jul 02 2005 - 08:36:50 CDT

Arthur Keller wrote:

> Jim March wrote:
>>>> I think if we dig deeper, we'll find that Bev/Kathleen have two
>>>> very valid complaints about the "rolls": first, because of the
>>>> small format and the need for paper-roll handling at the scanner, ....
> 1. If you are going to use Direct Recording Electronic Voting Machines
> (and I don't advocate doing so), then paper trails are an
> improvement. It's better to have paper trail rolls than no paper
> trails at all.

Diebold's "paper trail" appeared to be an excercise in "just how screwed
up a paper trail can possibly be produced?

They've acted like a little kid that hates doing dishes, so they drop a
plate now and again (ooops!) so they won' t be asked to.

> 2. For those like Bev Harris who like hand counted paper ballots, why
> not hand-count the paper trail rolls? Isn't it a contradiction to
> object to paper trail rolls because they can't be machine counted, and
> yet object to a ballot printer architecture because it will be machine
> counted?
> Best regards,
> Arthur

First issue: the print is so small that voters are provided with a
cheap-ass magnifying glass (fresnel lens) to be able to read the paper.
This will greatly slow down any manual recount and raise the expense for
challenger candidates. Time really is money in a recount.

Second: the "nice" thing about thermal paper is that if the paper trail
is "inconvenient" for a county election official, all they need is a
"heating accident" - stick it in a room, crank the heat, the term
"cooking the books" takes on a whole new meaning.

Third: the "toilet paper roll" format makes it more difficult to divide
up the counting process among the hand-counters.

Fourth: preserving the sequencial order of the vote theoretically aids
schemes to crack the secrecy of the vote, esp. if the same vendor also
sells electronic pollbook software preserving the order of check-in and
uses a third already-public data item, voter registration rolls showing
party affiliation.

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