Re: CA "Accessible Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail Systems" standards posted

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Tue Jun 15 2004 - 23:44:52 CDT

On Jun 15, 2004, at 11:34 PM, Charlie Strauss wrote:
> Regarding the language channel privacy leakage issue. Perhaps this
> shows another strength of the two-part OVC system. the paper can be
> printed always in say spanish/english but rare-language voters can
> verify they ballots on the verification system which will show the
> bar-code in laotion/english on screen. the paranoid voter can then
> verify that the english symbols on screen match the english symbols on
> the paper. Now there is no language channel on the paper ballot.
> problem solved.

This issue came up in the "Privacy in Voting" paper Arthur, Joe, Arnie
and I are finishing up. I suggested, like Charlie, that ballots could
be printed in just English, but the BVA would read back in whatever
language voters wished (just doing a lookup from the English version of
name/contest to whatever language).

Joe suggested a slightly different idea involving transparency
overlays. But the transparency thing seems a bit more complicated and
error prone to me. However, something close is to provide a set of
laminated "cheat sheets" for voters of all required languages. For
voters whose languages use a Roman alphabet, it makes little
difference, since e.g. "Rodriguez" is spelled just the same way in
English and Spanish (but names of contests will differ, of course).

For voters who are literate in non-Roman-alphabet languages, we can
attach lookup sheets like the below, right inside the voting stations.
A voter just needs to figure out the shapes of the Roman letters that
are printed on the English-only ballot, not know what the letters are.
The cue card gives them the contest and candidate name in their own
language. For example, in my rusty Russian:

Obviously, most elections will have more contests and elections than
this. But this gives you the idea. Of course, voters who are blind or
illiterate in any language, the BVA will speak their votes instead.

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