Re: Crypto question: Hashing ultimate output for localuse

From: Ron Crane <voting_at_lastland_dot_net>
Date: Mon May 02 2005 - 17:50:53 CDT

On May 2, 2005, at 3:36 PM, Ed Kennedy wrote:

> Hello David:
>
> OK, I'm basically satisfied on this issue. I think that the software
> documentation should point out that final users of a suspicious nature
> should try and read the ballot definitions. Two issues remaining:
>
> ...
> 2. How were you planning to handle write in ballots? Yes, I
> understand that there will be a pop up, on screen keyboard that can be
> invoked by pushing 'Write In' on the screen. How will these special
> ballots be recorded and tabulated? Will there be an in machine
> summary or will this be analyzed later from both the paper ballots and
> the electronic ballot images? Again, I'm not pointing out a security
> problem here, this is just one of those details that needs to be
> worked on. I know we have discussed this before but I'm having
> trouble finding the references.

There needs to be a reconciliation procedure to ensure that write-ins
are grouped appropriately. For example, "Howard Dean", "Gov. Dean",
and, very arguably, "H. Dean, M.D.", should all be interpreted as votes
for a single candidate. The criteria to do the grouping are, of course,
set by law. The mechanics that allow the grouping, or at least the
reporting of all write-ins in ungrouped form, are our bailiwick.

-R

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