Re: IEEE Spectrum, "Open-Source Voting"

From: Brent Turner <brent_at_trealestate_dot_net>
Date: Sat Oct 04 2008 - 17:09:06 CDT

In San Francisco, the officials " remake" a large percentage of the voter
marked ballots, to "overcome' the hand marking issues- Brent Turner

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On Sat, Oct 4, 2008 at 3:54 AM, Teresa Hommel <tahommel@earthlink.net>
wrote:
> 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.

We are speaking here of ballots rejected by the scanners a unreadable,
or where the scan and a visual inspection disagree. The argument made
is that the voter must have made some mark in another sensitive area,
resulting in an overvote, or some other such error.

> 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"
>
> 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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