Re: Fwd: [Votingtech] AVANTE on VVPR Implementation - A WP

From: charlie strauss <cems_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Sat Nov 29 2003 - 21:33:15 CST

two comments:
one is that it might be wise to not specify exactly how votes are to be
counted as part of the OVC spec. States will come up with different
prescriptions for what constitutes the official vote and OVC should be
adaptable to this. Even HAVA and HR2239 do not say that votes cannot
be tabulated electronically, it says the paper will serve as a
recountable manual audit trail. From what I've been able to find I
expect the best compromise model that stands a chance of winning
acceptance is that votes will be tabulated electronically; the paper
ballots will serve only in a recount or in any mandated partial vote
count to spot check accuracy. By using an all electronic official
primary ballot count states will save a lot of money and effort in the
vast majority of races in which the election is not contested. Of
course I would prefer to see votes counted only by optical scan of the
paper ballots, but mandating this might be outside of OVCs bussniess?

two, some states specify, in law, how electronic vote storage is to be
accomplished. For example, New Mexico law says that ballots not only
will be printed in random order when dumped from memory, but they will
be stored in random order in memory and that each vote will be recorded
three times in memory with each replica in a physically separate memory
chip. pretty specific eh?

On Nov 29, 2003, at 1:47 PM, Alan Dechert wrote:

> Mason,
>
>> Also, in following the threads online, it appears that each ballot is
>> going to be stored as an individual file. We should keep several log
>> files that contain the digital sigs and checksums for each of the
>> votes
>> as they are cast. ...
>>
> This is a subtle but important point you should keep in mind: with the
> OVC
> system, votes are not cast electronically. The vote is cast when the
> voter
> deposits that paper ballot in the ballot box. The electronic record is
> there to facilitate tabulation. The electronic record is not the vote.
>
> Alan D.
>
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