US Election Assistance Commission--Questions

From: Edward Cherlin <edward_dot_cherlin_at_etssg_dot_com>
Date: Fri May 07 2004 - 15:27:27 CDT

DeForest Soaries, Chairman, asked questions first.

"The lever machine was the beneficiary of a public perception of
reliability." [!!! This from a black man. Gah!!!"

Is there any scientific research on how many people look at a
paper ballot? No, but Chung has informally observed about an 80%
rate in CA.

Two brothers running two different voting machine operations
Yurosevich brothers, one a CEO, one head of customer service
elsewhere.

"People keep hearing that the testing process is inadequate."

Sequoia has a voter-verified printing system in Federal testing.

Gracia Hillman, Vice Chairman

Asked for comparison of various testing regimes, state and
Federal.

Is there a conflict between what the voter expects, what the
election administrator expects in order to manage the election
process, and corporate interests in profit or marketing?

[commissioner, I didn't get his name]

Would Open Source work better?

"If you find a bug in Linux, you are responsible for fixing it."
!!!

"Nobody here has anything to hide." !!!

DeSoaries asks what happens with Open Source. Can anybody make
changes and then run the result in an election? Would Open
Source be certified? Would changes need to be certified?

-- 
Edward Cherlin, Simputer Evangelist
Encore Technologies (S) Pte. Ltd.
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