Re: Touchscreens for Voting Machines

From: Ron Crane <voting_at_lastland_dot_net>
Date: Fri Nov 03 2006 - 12:47:30 CST

Arthur Keller wrote:
> The Achilles heel of touchscreen voting machines (including
> electronic ballot printers and electronic markers, not just DREs) is
> the need to calibrate the touchscreens....
The Achilles heel of touchscreens is that they can be programmed not
only to misrecord the voter's selections, but to present the ballot
incorrectly (e.g., to omit candidates from it or to reorder it) and to
modulate the difficulty of making particular selections (e.g., to make
it easy to select candidate A and difficult to select candidate B).

These shortcomings affect any programmable device that acts as an
intermediary between the voter and the ballot, except possibly for
devices that (ought) to have no concept of the ballot or of the
candidates, such as the vibrating pen used with the Vote-PAD.

-R
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