Article on Verified Voting

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Sat Oct 02 2004 - 06:34:49 CDT

Note this quote (which is good for the OVC approach too):

"Verified Voting members would prefer the use of optical-scan ballots
that electronically record votes while supplying a paper record
filled out by the voter, and the presence of on-site scanners to
verify that the ballot is properly filled out and allow voters to
correct any errors; such measures would permit an election to
continue even in the face of hardware malfunctions, as well as
provide an auditable vote record for recounts."

Abstract from ACM TechNews
http://www.acm.org/technews/articles/2004-6/1001f.html#item2

"Program Seeks Auditable Electronic Voting"
  iSeries Network (09/29/04); Ross, Cheryl

  Electronic voting systems have been heavily criticized for their
vulnerability to hacking and malfunctions, which carry the danger of
election fraud and voter disenfranchisement. The Verified Voting
Foundation founded by Stanford University computer science professor
David Dill believes the only real solution to these problems is to
incorporate a voter-verified paper trail so that users can confirm
their votes and officials can hold accurate recounts. Verified Voting
nationwide coordinator Pamela Smith notes that approximately 30
percent of U.S. voters will use direct record electronic (DRE)
devices in the upcoming November election. Only DRE machines in
Nevada will be capable of printing out a paper ballot, since the
state government has made voter-verified paper trails mandatory.
Verified Voting members would prefer the use of optical-scan ballots
that electronically record votes while supplying a paper record
filled out by the voter, and the presence of on-site scanners to
verify that the ballot is properly filled out and allow voters to
correct any errors; such measures would permit an election to
continue even in the face of hardware malfunctions, as well as
provide an auditable vote record for recounts. Verified Voting's
TechWatch program has enlisted over 1,500 techies to report any
e-voting incidents that occur at polling places throughout the United
States. "The net result of all that information capture will be to
improve election processes as we get down the road, and hopefully
even solve some of the problems in real time on election day," says
Smith. Verified Voting has also lobbied for the passage of
legislation such as Rep. Rush Holt's (D-N.J.) HR2239, which calls for
paper trails in all e-voting machines but is unlikely to be approved
in time for the New Jersey elections.

Full article citation:
http://www.iseriesnetwork.com/news/nwn/story.cfm?ID=19292&channel=home

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