[OVC-demo-team] Re: BRP guide

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Wed Mar 31 2004 - 16:05:35 CST

RE: BRP guide

Laird,

> This guide is fantastic! It communicates OVC's procedures
> beautifully, and I think it'd do wonders for conveying
> OVC's professionalism. ....
>
Eron has done a great job on it so far.

> Can I distribute it to people here in NYC that I know are
> very interested in OVC's proposal? .....
>
Please do so after we get the updated version from Eron.

> One suggestion and one question: One suggestion: the
> phrase "stored on a recordable CD, USB drive, or
> other...." is technically correct, but I think that simply
> saying "stored on a recordable CD" is more clear,
> and is sufficiently accurate. ......
>
I agree. I was just going to say that in response to David's comment about
that.

> In the demo the data will be stored on a CD, and it's
> not too important that the system can use any removable
> medium to move the data. Burning CD-R's has some
> nice properties -- they're write once, so they can serve
> as an auditable archive of that step in the process.
>
Bingo. Thats' the idea.

> One question: can the ballots be scanned during the day,
> or must they all be scanned after the polls close? I ask
> for two reasons; ....
>
This is a much more complex issue than it might appear. If you scan each
one as they get deposited, you raise all sorts of issues related to ballot
secrecy.

More on that later... like maybe next week... or next month ... or next
year.

Alan
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