Re: Daily Kos vote

From: Jim Tobias <tobias_at_inclusive_dot_com>
Date: Wed Oct 21 2009 - 19:34:45 CDT

Bev -- perhaps I wasn't clear enough. I was talking about a polling place
ecosystem that had hand-marked paper ballots for those who can use them and
prefer that method, and an OVC-style system for people with disabilities and
non-disabled voters who prefer that method. My main point was that
accessibility will be the principal driver for "electronic" voting systems.
I'm not advocating that, I'm just noting it.

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bev Harris [mailto:bev@blackboxvoting.org]
> Sent: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 8:11 PM
> To: Open Voting Consortium discussion list
> Subject: Re: [OVC-discuss] Daily Kos vote
>
> Good Jim. I require you to wear eyeglasses, because I wear
> them. My father uses a cane, so we must all use a cane. And
> stairs must be eliminated from all public buildings because
> people in wheelchairs can't use them.
>
> This argument is nonsensical. No assistive voting technology
> enables every type of disability to vote on it; no "equal
> protection" legal argument exists mandating that everyone
> vote the same way, and nothing about hand marking paper
> ballots means that assistive devices must be prohibited. In
> fact, most jurisdictions in the US do use hand marked
> ballots, so the requirement for everyone to drop doing that
> because SOME people require assistive measures still doesn't fly.
>
> > I think David has this exactly right: the principal driver
> for voting
> > technologies beyond all-paper hand-marked ballots will be
> accessibility.
> > Voting officials and the general public will continue to oscillate
> > about paper vs. non-paper, etc. But all-paper hand-marked
> will just
> > not be an option for the foreseeable future.
>
>
> Bev Harris
> Founder - Black Box Voting
> http://www.blackboxvoting.org
>
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> insist on remaining informed so that we may retain control
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