Re: MORE Questions from election officials

From: Teresa Hommel <tahommel_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Tue May 04 2004 - 07:45:51 CDT

Even if the voter gets a unique number or code which they
can use to go on the internet later and view their ballot, the
programming can be corrupt and there is no way to know
that what the voter sees on the screen later is the same as
what got tabulated in the vote tallies. The problem is the same
as the review screen that is displayed before the voter casts
their ballot--what you see on the screen does not guarantee
anything about what is tabulated.


james_in_denver wrote:

> On Tue, 2004-05-04 at 02:35, David Mertz wrote:
> > No, no, no! See above. Ballot, yes. Receipt, no.
> >
> > But it's possible you're thinking of something like the Chaum method.
> > It's cryptographically OK, but way too complicated for real life voters
> > to ever understand or trust.
> >
> Just briefly reviewed the "Chaum" method, what I am thinking of appears
> to be along those lines. What I see/hear as being important is for any
> voter, at any time, to be able to pull out a stub from their ballot,
> enter a code printed on that ballot (hopefully at any internet-browser
> pointing at that particular elections web-site), and be able to review
> their voting record. Doesn't require that each vote be recorded on the
> "receipt". More of a thought that the receipt is actually just a pointer
> to their actual voting results for that particular election? does that
> make sense? or am I further behind the magic 8-ball than I feared?..
> James
> > > Thus paper recount will become the default method of vote counting,
> > > mitigated only by the high cost of
> > > such recounts. If this is to be the case, why use voting machines in
> > > the first place?"
> >
> > More sophistry. The answers are obvious (and well documented in OVC
> > materials): Increase voter-intent accuracy; enable disabled
> > accessibility; allow multi-lingual voting; provide redundant checks of
> > integrity; etc.
> >
> > Yours, David..
> >
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