Focus on Rights

From: Arthur Keller <voting_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Sun Nov 11 2007 - 08:09:15 CST

At 8:03 AM -0500 11/30/07, Arlene Montemarano wrote:
>The protection of our fragile rights should always the primary
>point of all that we do.

The question boils down to how we best safeguard those rights. If
you had the choice of hand-counted paper ballots only vs. paper
ballots that were electronically scanned in the precinct when the
voter casts the ballot and then hand counted at the end of the day
(i.e., both electronic and hand counts), which would you prefer?
(Assume the electronic counts are not released until the hand counts
are made.) Now suppose that the electronic scanner kept an image
copy of the ballot and that anyone could get a copy of all of those
images and hand or machine count those images to compare them to the
official vote count, would that be a good thing or a bad thing? Do
you oppose the inclusion of electronic systems if they supplement
rather than replace hand counting? Would you accept the idea that
the combination of electronic systems and hand counting can be more
secure and fraud or tamper resistent than hand counting alone?

Best regards,

Arthur M. Keller, Ph.D., 3881 Corina Way, Palo Alto, CA  94303-4507
tel +1(650)424-0202, fax +1(650)424-0424
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