Re: Ms. Tobi's overheated rhetoric

From: Arthur Keller <voting_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Mon Nov 12 2007 - 10:25:43 CST

The problem is how you aggregate those precincts into an overall
total without transcription errors. While the DRE voting machines
have been attacked as potential sources of error or fraud, it is much
easier to hack the systems that add up the votes at County Central.
I understand that GEMS uses Microsoft Access with no logs and
essentially no security. Not enough attention has been focused on
the aggregation of the votes.

Aggregation of the votes in large urban areas is problematic even if
the precincts are hand-counted. And when the precincts are only
hand-counted, transcription errors are more likely than if the
precinct counts are transmitted in a form that is computer readable.
A compromise is to have the precinct totals printed on tally sheets
with bubbles (or lines to connect) from 0-9 for each digit of each
total to be reported.

I'm still not understanding how you do an effective hand count in the
precinct of IRV votes, particularly when multiple rounds are needed.
I do understand how you can do an effective hand count in the
precinct of Approval Votes, or of traditional plurality votes or
choose n of a set of candidates.

Best regards,
Arthur

At 7:08 AM -0500 11/12/07, Arlene Montemarano wrote:
>Even New York, big as it is, is made up of precincts, with
>approximately 2000 voters. Each precinct, for the purposes of
>voting, can be treated as a "small town", and is therefore
>manageable.

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