Re: [OVC-discuss] IEEE Spectrum, "Open-Source Voting"

From: John-Paul Gignac <jjgignac_at_fossfactory_dot_org>
Date: Fri Oct 03 2008 - 08:40:55 CDT

Just thought I'd chime in...

On Fri, Oct 3, 2008 at 12:54 AM, Alan Dechert <> wrote:
> Besides me, they quote Rebecca Mercuri. It's an okay article, but I think I
> should respond to some of the comments by Mercuri.
> The problem with the OVC model, says Rebecca
> Mercuri, owner of computer security firm Notable
> Software, in Philadelphia, is that while OVC may
> be more secure than today's proprietary systems,
> it is no more secure than electronically scanning
> paper ballots. ?

By my understanding of OVC's approach, strictly speaking, I think I
would agree with her statement. But it misses the point. Paper
ballots are about as secure as you can get, and I think that OVC is on
par with that. Compared to electronically scanning paper ballots,
OVC's advantages include usability, accessibility and counting

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