Re: Polling Place conditions, reframing the issue

From: Edmund R. Kennedy <ekennedyx_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Fri May 14 2004 - 12:58:39 CDT

Hello Arthur:
 
     I guess I don't understand the voting cycle. I know that the now decertified Diebold Acuvote Tsx has a smart card card reader that allows the voter to do just 1 voting cycle (in theory). Once the voter pushes the button on the screen that they are done, it apparently deactivates the card and expels it out of the machine and into the hands of the voter. The voter then gives card back to a poll worker who gives them an "I voted" sticker. <http://www.sdvote.com/Vote/touchscreen.html> What's to keep an EVM voter from voting again and again, then stuffing them all into the privacy folder and dropping them into the ballot box? Are we using a smart card? I don't see anything about a card reader.

Arthur Keller <arthur@kellers.org> wrote:
At 8:01 PM -0700 5/13/04, Ed Kennedy wrote:
>Hello Arthur:
>
> As the poll worker needs to initialize a machine for each voter (if I
>understand this correctly) the evm's are being checked as often as every 5
>minutes.

I don't know why this has to be. The EVMs should be self-serve once
you've signed in and gotten your smart card or equivalent. Otherwise
you need too much poll workers.

> I'd suggest that as the output of each machine is a legal paper
>ballot, that the machine simply be sent through the end of the day shut down
>routine upon discovery of a failure.

That's a reasonable strategy, but you don't want to get the vote
tallies from that machine prematurely.

>However,
>as the EVM 1 might cost 1/3rd the price of a DRE it's more affordable to
>have a few machine on standby.

Right now, that's merely a guess. I would suggest we refrain from
quoting specific numbers, because they will likely miss things we
later discover that we'll need. It'll be a while before we can cost
it all out.

Best regards,
Arthur

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