Fwd: Voter choices and perforated ballots!

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Thu May 19 2005 - 16:01:17 CDT

On May 19, 2005, at 4:16 PM, David Webber ((XML)) wrote:
> What about the idea that verification of voting can be
> hugely simplified if the vote choices display just
> shows you what you voted - and labels them with
> capital letters next to each one - e.g.
> Fred Smith - A
> John Deat - C
> Bill Willis - E
> Frank Mark - G

You mean the ballot wouldn't show the full candidate names? If so, I'm
strongly in the "not good" camp. It make ballot verification more
difficult for voters w/o having any particular benefit.

Now if you mean simply redundantly encoding votes using reduced
codes... hmmm, isn't there a word for that? Oh yeah 'barcodes' :-).
But sure, letters in an OCR font could summarize the votes, as long at
the full names also appeared somewhere clearly on the ballot. Like,
say, the following could appear in OCR-B at the bottom of the ballot:

   id: 1234; votes: A,C,E,G; hash: a34cf23d; crypt: f395ad20

Of course, I'm not sure how this would encode ranked-preference votes.
Well, maybe it's not too hard as:

   id: 1234; votes: A,CABFE,E,G; hash: a34cf23d; crypt: f395ad20

Where the second race is a ranked-preference style (no preference
expressed on D in the example).

If I seem shortsighted to you, it is only because I have stood on the
backs of midgets.

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