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

From: Cory Hamma <evm_at_wabbiter_dot_com>
Date: Wed Mar 31 2004 - 04:38:45 CST

Thanks for your input, David. This cleared the issue up well. "Ballot
Vocalization Station" is a good technical name, but I figure "Ballot
Reader Station" will work better in this context ... not to be confused
with the voting stations, which will probably be called "voting
stations" ... chuckles.

The new text reads as follows:
Your ballot is printing. When it has printed, place the single piece of
paper,
without folding it, into the privacy folder.
Do this before you leave the voting booth. (pause)
Next, please take your privacy folder to the Ballot Reader Station, to
make sure
that your choices were recorded correctly.
This is done without removing the ballot from the privacy folder.
If you need help finding the Ballot Reader Station, please ask a
pollworker for assistance.
After you have listened to your choices, please take your privacy folder
to the ballot
box.
Thank you for voting. Please remove the headphones now.

I have to admit, this is the most polite voting station I have ever
met. I said "please" three times.
I did miss out on some earlier posts and while I tried to play catch-up,
it's a bit hard to remember everything from the archives. Thanks for
clearing this up.

-Cory

David Mertz wrote:

> 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.
>> **OPTIONAL**
>> 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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