Re: Partisanship and a Voting Project

From: Charlie Strauss <cems_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Tue Nov 09 2004 - 09:55:02 CST

Partisanship has no more bussiness here than in Wally O'dell's
prominent comments. It's bad for bussiness.

Support of activies (FOI) should be considered only from the narrow
perspective of how it benefits the OVC not if it's merely a laudable
idea.

The discussion of voting anomolies that came out of this election has I
think been useful. For example, I became aware that there might be
evidence that how the ballot is presented to the voter (serial versus
Full-face) might actually matter more than I thought. The influence of
lines and voter throughput when polling kiosks are limited also may be
important. I was intrigued by anecdotal reports from nevada that
real-time paper trails may have improved voter throughput (since they
did not spend as long on review screens and so on). Looking at
differences in voting patterns on optical scan and electronic voting is
part of all this.

All of those are interesting from the point of view of system design
and user interface improvements.

But trying to prove election fraud or that one candidate was cheated
has plenty of other outlets besides OVC which ought to avoid expert
opinion on potentially partisan issues unless it benefits OVC. That's
not to say that OVC members should refrain from outside activities.
But be careful about associating that with OVC and remember wally
o'dell.

Or that's my opinion.

On Nov 9, 2004, at 8:01 AM, Douglas W. Jones wrote:

>
> On Nov 8, 2004, at 7:53 PM, Joel Harris wrote:
>
>> I have been a member of this list for several months now. I have
>> become quite discouraged with the prospects of this project over the
>> last few weeks specifically during the last week. It appears (just
>> by looking at the content of the messages on the list over the last
>> few weeks) that the focus of the project has become more advocacy
>> rather than writing good voting software code.
>
> I think there's a lot of bitterness about the election spilling
> out among many of us. Indeed, I strongly feel that we have to
> stay focused on the long term goal of auditable open-source
> election systems, and to do this, we have to draw a line between
> that subject and any responses we have to the recent election.
>
> Doug Jones
> jones@cs.uiowa.edu
>
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