Re: Urgent Call for Comments

From: Arthur Keller <voting_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Sun Nov 11 2007 - 16:15:47 CST

It's amazing to watch how small increments in requirements have large
consequences.

There are two main reasons for electronics in the polling place:
overvote checking (because of the Butterfly Ballot problem in
Florida) and accessibility. The easiest way to get rid of overvote
checking is to eliminate the possibility of overvotes, by making
overvotes count for each of the candidates marked. Interestingly
enough, there's a technique that does just that and it's called
Approval Voting. With Approval Voting, all ballots are valid. Thus
no need to check ballots for overvotes when they are cast. So only
voters who need accessibility need cast ballots electronically. An
Electronic Ballot Printer (that prints a ballot that looks like (and
is processed like) a hand-marked paper ballot should provide the
necessary accessibility.

Best regards,
Arthur

At 5:38 PM -0500 11/11/07, Nancy Tobi wrote:
>Actually, it is not clear to what extent the EAC has listened to the
>vendors on these guidelines. The guidelines represent software and
>hardware specifications for equipment that will be immensely complex
>and expensive to develop and then to market.

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