RE: Open Source Quality

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Tue May 11 2004 - 13:13:04 CDT

Tabulation at the precinct or polling place involves sufficiently few
votes that flat files work well enough. One does not need a database
to tabulate a few thousand votes. It's at the county and state level
(or for some counties, there are satellite locations) that "real"
database management systems are needed. It's easier to feed flat
files than a database from the precinct to the county canvassing

Best regards,

At 11:43 AM -0400 5/11/04, james_in_denver wrote:
>Well, the reason I bring a database into the picture is that at some
>point the votes will need to be tabulated and verified. It is my
>understanding that OVC's mission is to provide public review of the
>entire voting process. If that is the case then at some point a public
>review of how the votes were actually counted might be important.
>On Tue, 2004-05-11 at 10:59, Popkin, Laird (WMG Corp) wrote:
>> Glad to hear it. It'd add significant complexity...
>> - LP
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From:
>> []On Behalf Of David
>> Mertz
>> Sent: Monday, May 10, 2004 9:51 PM
>> To:
>> Subject: Re: [voting-project] Open Source Quality
>> On May 10, 2004, at 9:37 PM, Arthur Keller wrote:
>> > It's not clear we need a database at all at the polling place.
>> I'd go so far as to say that it's clear we DO NOT need a database at
>> the polling place.

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