Re: Summary of election characteristics

From: Arthur Keller <voting_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Sat Nov 24 2007 - 19:57:19 CST


The consensus of the group is that all computer source code, if any,
be disclosed and preferably open source. That is why the Open Voting
Consortium was created.

The OVC fostered the creation of a demonstration system that used the
Dechert architecture. I co-authored some papers about the design of
this system, and those papers can be found at

The points you mention are similar to a design I have been advocating
for several months, but it is not clear that there is a consensus
around points 1-4.

Best regards,

At 1:22 PM -0800 11/24/07, Danny Swarzman wrote:
>I think that a good way to conduct an election that most people would
>consider trustworthy would have these characteristics:
>1. Voter marked paper ballot for most voters.
>2. Ballot marking or printing device for voters with disabilities.
>3. Precinct scanner to check for over/under vote.
>4. Hand count for some precincts as verification.
>5. Open source software running on off-the-shelf systems.
>Some things about which there is a variation of opinions:
>6. Electronic records of data from scanned precinct ballots is sent
>for central tabulation, keeping paper ballots as a cross-check.
>The alternative is to scan the ballots at a central scanner and use
>that count, keeping the precinct electronic records as cross-check.
>7. Some prefer hand count in precincts for elections without instant
>runoff voting.
>8. Hand counting for entire elections without instant runoff voting.
>Does this express the consensus of this group?

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