Re: comments on the bit encoding scheme

From: Alan Dechert <adechert_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Thu Oct 23 2003 - 09:45:34 CDT

Chris,

> Now that I've taken the time to work with the bit encoding scheme, I
> have a few comments.
>
> 1) Since up to 3 candidates are allowed in the Cat Catcher field,
> doesn't that mean that up to three write-ins should be allowed?
>
This is a fair question. I have no idea but it's way too late to worry
about this at this point for the demo.

Probably, the real answer to this question is, "it depends." In many
jurisidictions, write-ins are only allowed at all if there are candidates
that have registered as write-ins. Besides that, I don't recall seeing any
write-in space where I seen n of m contests.

Keep in mind the overall concept here. Our demo is a kind of "what if"
thing. We're not trying to develop some universal ballot at this point by
following all the rules in existence.

> 2) Ballot numbers: It occurred to me that some counties may not use
> purely digit ballot numbers. For our demo this will not be problem
> but we should not make such assumptions in the future!!!
>
Similarly, this is a non-issue. If jurisdictions want to adopt our open
voting software (remember, the production software will be a whole different
project), they will be changing all sorts of things. Alpha versus
alpha-numeric ballot numbers is way down on the list of issues. Over the
next few years, the voting system in the U.S. will change drastically. This
is true regardless of the impact of EVM2003 and/or the OVC.

Alan D.
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