Re: Reduced Paper Ballot -- RPB

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Fri Jun 18 2004 - 19:35:25 CDT

On Jun 18, 2004, at 6:54 PM, Joseph Lorenzo Hall wrote:
> So, the OVC system-printed ballot will not necessarily show all the
> contests in a given election?

If you are not familiar with it, Joe (or anyone else who's joined more
recently), take a look at the samples at:

   http://evm2003.sourceforge.net/architecture.html

There are sample grahics of the demo GUI and printed ballot.

> For example, in the recall election
> here in CA last fall, the OVC system would have printed the only
> choice the voter made for governor?

Right!

I guess first there would be a section for Yes/No on the recall itself,
then there would be exactly one choice listed for the replacement
governor the voter actually wanted. It's counterproductive to list the
whole 135 names.

For one thing, it would take several pages to print them (well, maybe
just several columns); but more important, it would make errors in
verification MORE likely. A voter looking at just one name pretty well
knows if it's her intended candidate. A voter looking at 135 names
with a check mark next to one of them can make various errors:
misreading the alignment of the check; misunderstanding whether the
check is to the left or right of the candidate; mistaking the order of
candidates for a preference; etc.

But PLEASE look at the sample, it's quite nice. Print it out. Pin it
to your wall. (FWIW, handing out a sample ballot at the KSG meeting
really helped clarify the design, very quickly).

>> Arthur suggested Paper Summary Ballot. We also discussed on the
>> phone some
>> issues with "computerized ballot marking system." I asked Doug Jones
>> to
>> comment but he may not be available until Monday.

I think it Alan reversed the two adjectives above in his earlier note:
"Summary Paper Ballot". But either way is fine. Let's just have the
word from on high (i.e. president Alan) which word order we want to
use, and I'll stick to it when I talk to reporters/experts.

FWIW, in talking to chief elections attorney for CT, Albert Wenge, I
corrected his description of OVC's design as a DRE. I proposed calling
it something like a "Ballot printing system"--which he picked up on
immediately. I'm happy to start saying "marking" rather than
"printing" if that's more the lingo. But either way, I think it makes
the point.
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