Re: Summary paper ballot

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Mon Jun 28 2004 - 04:12:16 CDT

I agree with James' analysis here and with his PS. But note that the
redundancy of representation is a feature in our system, not a bug.
The multiple copies of the information is a key part of what makes
the process auditable.

Best regards,

At 1:24 AM -0400 6/28/04, james_in_denver wrote:
>This raises a couple of issues that I am not certain have been
>completely addressed or agreed upon.
>The OVC model is proposing three distinct indications of voter
>1) The printed ballot, indicating via human readable, printed
>characters, each voters' selections.
>2) A barcode on the printed ballot indicating a machine/computer
>generated, and a machine/computer readable, summary of the actual text
>contained on the printed ballot.
>3) An electronically stored record (removable media, network, whatever)
>record of the voter's selections.
>Only ONE of these three options can serve as the "official" ballot. The
>other two choices are merely convenient for tabulating the ballot and/or
>acting as an audit trail for the "official" ballot (indication of voter
>selections intententions). If we do not adequately address this issue,
>then it will become a matter for the judiciary to decide and rule upon,
>on the first ocassion that the OVC system is challenged. Understanding
>that at some point in time a challenge to the OVC software and/or model
>will be made, it is perhaps best to decide this issue sooner, rather
>than later.
>PS: I am supportive of the "Human Readable" printed ballot serving as
>the "official" representation of voters' choices. The electronically
>stored record serving as an audit of the printed ballot, and the barcode
>serving as a convience for tabulation/"tracking" purposes.

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