Re: IEEE Spectrum, "Open-Source Voting"

From: Teresa Hommel <tahommel_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Sat Oct 04 2008 - 05:54:49 CDT

That doesn't mean it is true. Any scanners I know only look at the
marking "sensitive area" and do not evaluate any other areas.

Teresa Hommel

Brent Turner wrote:

>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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>[mailto:ovc-discuss-bounces+brent=trealestate.net@listman.sonic.net] On
>Behalf Of John-Paul Gignac
>Sent: Friday, October 03, 2008 6:41 AM
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>Subject: Re: [OVC-discuss] IEEE Spectrum, "Open-Source Voting"
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>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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