Re: OVC Architecture Decision Tree

From: Edward Cherlin <cherlin_at_pacbell_dot_net>
Date: Tue Jun 29 2004 - 23:30:46 CDT

On Tuesday 29 June 2004 06:32 pm, David Mertz wrote:
> On Jun 29, 2004, at 9:03 PM, Alan Dechert wrote:
> > Also, since David diss'ed my first drawing, please see my
> > more logical beginning draft.
> > I am not thinking of this as one page for each decision. I
> > would really
> > like to see a tree where certain decisions flow from
> > previous decisions.
> Sorry to be diss'in and all. But I'm afraid the non-binary
> tree doesn't "do it for me" to any greater degree. I still
> don't see the various decisions (that Ed Cherlin did a great
> job of listing) as flowing from each other, but rather as
> being almost entirely orthogonal.

You can get a tree if you turn the process around.

How can we have trustworthy, efficient, accessible elections?
                Well, we have to have a believable, auditable, secure process
                                Can't be purely electronic; paper needed
                                Open Source code
                                        Public ownership of public good
                                        Higher quality
                                        No security through obscurity
                                        Multiple vendors can use
                                Independent public certification
                                Bar code can be read on separate machine
                                Text can be OCRed
                                Design and test for low error rate
                                The paper can't be the whole story
                                We need redundant data representations
                                We need security measures such as checksums
                                Procedures can be audited step-by-step
                                Spoiled ballots accounted for
                                Error-correcting codes
                                No way to create fake ballots
                                Removal of ballot always detected
                                Missing vote can be restored from electronic record?
                                No way to coerce or buy votes
                                        No receipt showing votes cast
                                Ballot cannot be read by poll worker
                                Proper procedures from registration through certification
                Bar code results for automated canvassing
                Electronic vote-making
                Voice guidance for B&VI

And so on. If we need more topics, just make sure to put them
into the initial question. This pattern deals well with
independent issues and nested issues. Do we have any
topic-crossing issues? I think so, unless somebody can factor
out procedures better than I did.

> Well, once you drill down, you can't, e.g., have a barcode
> without paper. But for the most part, each large element is
> independent in motivation.
> I had not heard of a Ben Franklin Close before Ed's note.

Franklin used it on young women, arguing that they were better
off having affairs with older men.

Edward Cherlin
Generalist & activist--Linux, languages, literacy and more
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