Re: voter-induced compromise of the paper trail

From: charlie strauss <cems_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Fri Nov 12 2004 - 14:13:53 CST

>It's been established that a "ballot-under-glass" scheme is untenable due to the specialized equipment involved.

I would not say this is established at all. Nevada did pretty well for itself this last two elections. The ballot under glass scheme has some potential drawbacks. The majority of those acrue from the use of tape style ballots. Another problem with ballot under glass is that the mind-set encourages making the electronic record the primary record (since there is now perfect sychronicity between the paper and electroinc records).

> 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?

who cares. they just failed to vote. same as now if they leave before puching the "cast my ballot" button.

>This compromises the vote both by enabling such schemes and by affecting hand-recount totals.

how? not if the paper ballot is the primary ballot. Please read the OVC systems section on Ballot reconcilliation to understand how OVC works. It's clever in it's simplicity.

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