Re: Polling Place conditions, reframing the issue. Thumb drives and CD's

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Sat May 15 2004 - 14:17:48 CDT

Ed,

> 4. The next voter arrives and the voting cycle is either initialized by a
> smart card or a pin number (tbd)
>
I want to make this point clear: This is not the original design that I have
been selling for 3.5 years. I do not agree with it. I think it is very bad.

The design for this system is that the voter goes to the voting station with
no such smartcard or PIN. We're adding steps and complexity for voters and
election administrators. It solves a non-existent problem.

The EAC has said something important: they want to see "user-centered"
voting system.
http://www.eac.gov/docs/procuring.pdf

The PIN/smartcard "solution" is for an administrator-centered voting
system--not a user-centered voting system. I understand why a few members
are pushing for the PIN/smartcard. The reasoning has to do with perceived
marketability of the OVC system. We are marketing to election
administrators. So we need to give something with cya appeal and is best
from the administrator's point of view. This reasoning is incorrect. The
system is really being purchased by the users--not the administrators.

Having said all that, I've said it's okay for now to include this option for
study and marketing purposes. I fully expect the system to be ultimately
deployed as originally conceived. You go to the voting station (after
checking in), make your selections and print your ballot. Put that in the
privacy folder and go to the ballot box to cast the ballot. Simple as that.
This is the user-centered idea. In a primary--depending on state and county
procedures--you may give the voter a "dumb card" (card with a number
corresponding to party).

So, be sure to include "dumb card or nothing" to the PIN and smartcard
options tbd.

Alan D.
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