Re: Daily Kos vote

From: Bev Harris <bev_at_blackboxvoting_dot_org>
Date: Wed Oct 21 2009 - 18:52:05 CDT


Brent Turner is effective in this video, as is Alan Dechert. The votes are not,
however, being "counted in public". The public is watching the votes scanned by
an off the shelf bar code scanner, with a representation on a screen said to be
what the bar code scanner is capturing.

It's an exciting concept, and much more promising that the proprietary crap, and
in the interim a cheaper and more transparent system. My concern: If public
hand counts done properly, as they are in New Hampshire, Ireland, Germany, was
to become a reality in the USA, would the Open Voting Consortium be fighting
against it?

Brent Turner captures a persuasive argument for the OVC system. A worry for many
will be that to justify all the work and commitment put in, the OVC people
would end up fighting AGAINST hand counted paper ballots. That fight is in a
different arena, more legal than technical.

Bev Harris
Founder - Black Box Voting

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