Re: Why PIN or smartcard is REQUIRED

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Sun May 16 2004 - 14:19:56 CDT

Arthur,

> I'd like to figure out a way to make Ellen's system work. It
> is cheaper than smart cards and has other benefits too. ...
>
Fine, Arthur. I also think it's worth looking at. However, large trials
are needed to see how good/bad it is to have voters insert the paper. I
predict big problems.

A person with gout will have a tough time. Others with any of a number of
disabilities will have trouble with it. Even perfectly capable people will
fail to insert the paper far enough--when they go to print, the printer
won't grab the paper. Some people will get it in a little crooked and their
ballot will be mangled.

Pollworkers will spend a lot of time assisting people with this and the
people being assisted will feel dumb and will be turned off by the system.

I'm not saying it's unworkable, but large scale human factors testing would
be needed before using this live.

Alan D.
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