Re: voter-induced compromise of the paper trail

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Fri Nov 12 2004 - 14:10:22 CST


With the OVC system, the act of voting is putting the paper ballot in the
ballot box. If you walk away with your ballot, it's the same as if you walk
away with your opt scan ballot without submitting it -- you didn't vote!

There will always be more electronic ballot images than paper ballots (due
to tests, re-dos, etc). The cast ballots get reconciled against the
electronic record.

Alan D

> It's been established that a "ballot-under-glass" scheme is untenable due
to the specialized equipment involved. But what is to stop a voter from
leaving the polling place with his paper ballot, either by neglect or as
part of a payoff scheme? This compromises the vote both by enabling such
schemes and by affecting hand-recount totals.
> I can't see a way around this without specialized equipment, either
"ballot-under-glass" or an electronic/motorized ballot-box device that can
accept and confirm proper ballot deposit before recording the vote.
> Has this been addressed before?
> BL
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Keith Copenhagen" <>
> To: "ovc" <>
> Subject: Polling Station BRP
> Date: Fri, 12 Nov 2004 14:18:40 -0500
> >
> > Balancing privacy at moment of casting vs. the risk of loss.
> >
> > As uncounted ballots collect in the ballot box, the anonymity increases
> > and the magnitude of possible vote loss also increases. This is true for
> > both physical and virtual ballots. I understand that the physical
> > insecurity of the ballot box is a key issue pushing eVoting.
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