Re: A tiny amount of money( was: re: Slashdot and Newsforge)

From: Ron Crane <voting_at_lastland_dot_net>
Date: Fri Mar 10 2006 - 17:18:52 CST

And for a large majority of the disabled (those with vision impairments
or some motion impairments), there's the Vote-PAD
(, a noncomputerized device that helps voters
fill out plain paper ballots.

As for requiring publicly-reviewed, publicly-checked, etc., source for
tabulators, plus Nevada Gaming Control Board-style random and directed
inspections, great. But it's even more important to conduct sampling
hand recounts in a randomly-selected, statistically-significant set of
precincts. These have the added benefit of being amenable to effective
supervision by much of the general public, even that large portion that
knows nothing about computers.


Fred McLain wrote:
> In truth, to meet HAVA requirements all we need is a system off to the
> side that impaired people can use. This is what New Mexico is doing.
> There's nothing to stop most folks from using pen and paper to vote.
> Even if it is (as it is now) a very corrupt e-vote system it won't
> influence the outcome of the elections if most people use plain paper
> ballots. What we really need to open source are the counting systems,
> not the voting stations.
> Just my 2 cents.
> -Fred-
> On Tue, 2006-03-07 at 09:55 +0100, Jan Karrman wrote:
>> Hardware: OSS Election Systems Desired, but Not Ready
>> An anonymous reader writes "Even though many American voters are ready
>> for open source systems at the polls, Newsforge (a Slashdot sister
>> site) has an interesting story about why open source may not be ready
>> for the polls. From the article: 'The only open source e-voting effort
>> that Rubin [an e-voting expert] noted was the Open Voting Consortium
>> (OVC). "I don't agree with everything they are doing, but they are all
>> about transparency and open source," Rubin said. OVC President and CEO
>> Alan Dechert says it would take a large investment of time and money
>> to provide an alternative to traditional e-voting systems vendors, but
>> he says an effort known as Open Voting Solutions (OVS) is looking to
>> do just that.'"
>> /Jan
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