Re: [OVC-demo-team] Re: RII

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Tue Mar 30 2004 - 20:53:17 CST

On Mar 30, 2004, at 6:42 PM, Cory Hamma wrote:
> 1. Voter takes ballot from printer and places it into the privacy
> folder.
> 2. Voter takes privacy folder to a "verification station" AKA "ballot
> check station" to have the contents of the ballot read back to them.
> 3.Voter takes privacy folder to ballot box.

This characterization is correct. A very important feature of it is
that a blind voter can perform all the steps with no assistance
(perhaps with a bit of initial training); therefore, there is no danger
of compromising the anonymity of a blind voter by requiring a poll
worker to see the ballot[*]. Many existing systems are seriously
flawed in requiring handicapped voters to have assistance from poll
workers (or from friends/family), and in such a manner that said poll
workers know how the blind voters (or other disabled folks) vote.

[*] I think Cory is new to the project, so may be unaware of prior
discussion. But an early topic we addressed was that a barcode might
contain recognizable patterns (especially in the first couple votes,
since the position is easier to discern). Not that poll workers read
Code128 by heart, but after you've seen several of the same vote for
e.g. President, it's easy to become familiar with the broad and thin
bars that represent George Washington (on our sample ballot). That's
why the barcodes are "obfuscated" in a manner to stop the same vote
from looking the same across different ballots (it's *far* short of
actual encryption, just slight visual alteration).

> Note that you do NOT want to have the voter folding the piece of paper
> in half to make it easier to slip into the privacy folder.

True. Voters should be instructed on proper handling of ballots.

> It would be helpful if someone could tell me the name of this station
> where the ballot is read back to the user ... or if there is no
> official name, simple suggestions are welcome. (Ballot Verification
> Station is not a simple suggestion)

We have been calling the software the "Ballot Vocalization
Application", or BVA. I suppose the station it runs on would be the
Ballot Vocalization Station/Machine.
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