Re: Why PIN or smartcard is REQUIRED

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Sun May 16 2004 - 00:45:11 CDT

At 12:58 PM -0700 5/15/04, Alan Dechert wrote:
> > Many jurisdictions have different ballots for different voters who vote
>> at the same polling place. For example, in my county/city, I must vote
>> in primaries at a specific location, for every party affiliation I
>> might have.
>It sometimes happens that precincts are co-located at one polling place and
>have different ballot styles. This is true. I don't know how common that
>is. I'd like to see some statistics on that ... more data we'd like to
>gather in a real study. I believe that when precincts are co-located, they
>usually have the same ballot style (i.e., they are in the same districts).
>Nonetheless, we have to allow for the possibility. In these cases, tables
>and voting stations should be clearly marked and separated so voters don't
>accidentally go to the wrong voting station. A point to keep in mind: a
>particular voting technology comes with its own procedures to be followed.
>This is true for other technologies and will be true for OVC technology.

Consider San Diego County, California, March 2004, where the LA Times
estimated 7000 people in such polling places voted the ballot for the
wrong precinct. It was blamed on the procedures for the Diebold
voting machine. How would you solve that problem? How many people
know their precinct numbers?

Best regards,

Arthur M. Keller, Ph.D., 3881 Corina Way, Palo Alto, CA  94303-4507
tel +1(650)424-0202, fax +1(650)424-0424
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