Re: [OVC-discuss] Observing process in Placer County CA 4th CD -- Brown v. McClintock

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Tue Nov 11 2008 - 13:01:39 CST

I think it should be possible to do this with reasonable security. I can
print from home my boarding pass on Southwest (also uses PDF417 barcode).

It differs from "polling-place e-voting" in that the vote is not stored

Alan D.

> Alan Dechert wrote:
>> ...2) If we are going to have absentee voting, the ballot should be
>> machine printed like the OVC pollsite system (we need to develop a system
>> to transmit a form electronically for the remote voter to make selections
>> and print the ballot). Optical scan systems are not too bad when
>> employed at the pollsite since they can catch anomalies like overvotes
>> and stray marks. But you run a significant portion of hand-marked ballots
>> though the postal system, you're going to end up with a bunch of screwed
>> up ballots. This is not a big problem for contests won by a large
>> margin, but when you get under 1/2 of one percent (like our congressional
>> race), you have a problem.
> I'm not sure I understand this proposal. If it is for voters to print
> machine-filled ballots on their home printers, it opens the door to all of
> the attacks inherent in polling-place e-voting, and then adds the internet
> hazards of viruses, network stack vulnerabilities, social engineering
> attacks, and the like.
> -R

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