Re: TED SELKER: US Election Assistance Commission--Questions

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Sun May 09 2004 - 10:52:23 CDT

On May 7, 2004, at 5:52 PM, charlie strauss wrote:

> instead of paper, record a machine generated audio readback of the
> voter's choices. This can actually be done concurrently with the
> voting process. Selker thinks that ergonomically this concerrent
> readback may have a higher voter awareness that checking after placing
> the vote.

I think he's right about this.

> 2) alternatively rather that write to a tape, write to a write-once
> cd. place the items on this in files stored in random order on the
> disk.

We discussed this option when he proposed his tape idea to me.

This has real potential as an alternative to a paper record. I think
it should be taken seriously. I should note that this scheme is
similar to another proposal for voter-verified audit trails that
involved video capture of the "voter verification screen" of a DRE.
Each time the DRE presents a voter with a screen saying "here are
the candidates you selected", when the voter presses the "confirm
selection" button, an auxiliary bit of hardware grabs a screen shot
off the video interface and stores it on a random sector of a
write-once recording medium. It is important that the screen shot
be captured from the hardware interface to the display screen and
that the frame grabber have no text recognition software in it.

                Doug Jones
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