Re: Have you ever been a poll worker?

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Mon May 17 2004 - 01:41:04 CDT

> [Ed system] Using Santa Clara County as an example, the third poll
> worker wouldn't sit behind the table, but would instead escort each
> voter to a machine and activate it. Could be workable. That poll
> worker will get a lot of exercise. :-)

I understand from Gayle (my mom) that normally poll workers are
supposed to rotate roles during the day. At least in Colorado. Still
some exercise, but each one only exercises for, e.g. 1/4 of the day.

>> David: Each voter given unique PIN to enter on machine from randomized
>> list. PIN contains code for party specification.
> No extra poll workers needed, but does require voter to remember a
> six-digit number, or else have the poll-worker write it down on a slip
> of paper to hand to the voter (slowing down the process).

Right. I was thinking about whether it might be easier to remember a
shorter letter/number combination than a plain digit string. It
depends whether voters are presented with a number keypad or an
onscreen keyboard (as for write-ins). It might easier to remember
'35Q2F' than to remember '354821', for example (both contain a similar
amount of information in total, i.e. enough). That's an empirical
question, but I think one that people have looked at in other contexts.

Voters *will* be frustrated by entry errors. But they would be allowed
to try more than once, I presume (I'm not sure whether that means
unlimited, or up to N). Maybe with the 10 second delay I suggested
between attempts to limit attacks.

> Identical to current DRE procedures, including what was used in Santa
> Clara County. (BTW, each polling place was given 25 smart cards, even
> though there were only five machines, so that if a few went missing
> voting could still take place.)

Right. But can the cards that "go missing" be smuggled back in later
to cast illegal votes? Maybe there's a way to guard against that, but
it sounds like complicated procedure for poll workers to follow (and
complicated programming to set it up).
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