Re: Why PIN or smartcard is REQUIRED

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Sat May 15 2004 - 16:27:10 CDT


> Knowing the poll worker won't let him insert the Democratic ballots
> without a matching dumbcard, voter crumples up the Democratic ballots
> into his pocket, and submits the one Green ballot to the ballot box.
> This attack doesn't put false ballots into the ballot box, but it DOES
> cause spurious EBIs to exist on the voting station. Now we have a
> reconciliation problem, since the fate of those ballots is not known to
> poll workers. Yeah, the paper is still official, but spurious EBIs
> spread discord and doubt.
I don't see this as a real problem. The BRP will report that there are some
unaccounted for ballots (not voted-ballots). That means that some voter(s)
didn't follow procedure but it doesn't make a difference in the vote totals.

Furthermore, in practice, voters won't find it that easy to print multiple
spurious ballots. If the booths are something like I've sketched,
pollworkers can observe someone printing multiple ballots. There would need
to be a procedure in place for the pollworker to interrupt the voter (ask
like, "what's the problem? Why are you printing so many ballots?) and ask
for the spoiled ballots so they can be properly disposed. Afterall, the
rule would be if the voter prints one s/he doesn't want to cast, s/he is
supposed to take it to the pollworker for disposal (more reason for laser as
opposed to inkjet--lasers make more noise so pollworkers get another clue
when a ballot gets printed).

> For that matter, how hard is it to forge a 3x5 card with the number 3
> on it?
These could be printed on card stock--just before the polls open--with
"special features" so they can be checked for authenticity. Pollworkers
would know what to look for.

Alan D.
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