Re: Fw: RFP Attached

From: Edward Cherlin <echerlin_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Wed Jul 09 2008 - 16:47:28 CDT

On Wed, Jul 9, 2008 at 12:36 PM, Alan Dechert <dechert@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> I intend to respond to this RFP.

On reading the RFP, I see an issue. The plan is to analyze data from
the 2008 elections. How do we shoehorn our work into that space?

>There may be a way (or ways) that the
> ballot from our Electronic Ballot Printer (EBP) could be produced remotely
> and sent in to be counted -- either by USPS or some other method. I would
> also like to consider how our system could work for overseas military
> voting.
>
> Our proposal could stand alone as a PEW grant request, or could be a part of
> some other proposal to be funded from a government source.
>
> In any case, it's something we need to address. So far, OVC has been
> demonstrating a pollsite voting system.
>
> This subject (integrating our EBP with an absentee system) seemed to be of
> great interest at the presentation I did last month at SLAC. The thing we
> have to prove is different with the absentee system. With the pollsite
> system, we need to prove the that ballots were created at one of the voting
> booths on Election Day. With the remote system, we need to prove that
>
> - the ballot gets created with the appropriate software and
> - uses the appropriate ballot definition file, and
> - the ballot was done by an authorized voter.
>
> In some sense, these are the same things we have to prove at the pollsite --
> easier there because the whole process is observable. Voters could print
> the ballots at home, or at a public location, or mobile unit, or at the home
> of a friend or relative. There should be a way to generate a code that will
> be unique to each ballot and prove that the software used was authentic.
>
> As for proving that it was done by the voter, we can't do that. However,
> that situation is no worse that current absentee ballots.
>
> Alan D.
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Zachary Markovits
> To: Zachary Markovits
> Sent: Wednesday, July 09, 2008 11:14 AM
> Subject: RFP Attached
>
> RFP is in regards to the previous email. Thank you.
>
>
>
> Zachary S. Markovits
>
> Associate, Make Voting Work
>
> Pew Center on the States
>
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