Re: IEEE Spectrum, "Open-Source Voting"

From: Brent Turner <brent_at_trealestate_dot_net>
Date: Fri Oct 03 2008 - 10:38:50 CDT

Every time I've witnessed the counting of voter marked paper ballots, the
election officials attribute the system's lack of accuracy to the errant pen
markings on the ballots. Brent Turner

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

Just thought I'd chime in...

On Fri, Oct 3, 2008 at 12:54 AM, Alan Dechert <dechert@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/oct08/6788
>
> 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
accuracy.

John-Paul
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