Re: The trouble with triples. (Was Three ballot

From: Kathy Dopp <kathy_dot_dopp_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Wed Sep 27 2006 - 00:47:32 CDT

On 9/26/06,
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> 1. The trouble with triples. (Was Three ballot voting system)
> (Charlie Strauss)
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> Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 22:27:24 -0600
> From: Charlie Strauss <>
> Also I'll take the opportunity to remind folks of how it triple
> ballots work:
> 1) beside each name are 3 bubbles in a row
> 2) the voter marks one bubble to vote against the candidate
> 3) the voter makes 2 bubbles to vote for.
> 4) A checker machine checks to see if every candidate has one or two
> marked bubbles and no race has more than one candidate with two
> marked bubbles.
> 5) the checker, adds a red stripe to the bottom, and slices the
> ballot into three strips.
> 6) each separate ballot strip has a different random ID number.
> 7) the checker gives the voter a copy of one of the strips (her
> choice which) to take home.
> 8) the voter inserts the 3 strips into a dumb optical scan machine
> which counts each ballot like it was a regular conventional ballot.
> 9) All of the ballots cast and their ID numbers are published,
> accessible to everyone

I don't get it. If the voter fills out two bubbles (a "for" vote) and
the ballot is split into three pieces, are the two bubbles the voter
filled in, on two different pages and if so, then how on earth does
the counting software that is fed separate pieces figure out whether
it is 'for' or 'against' or do the three pieces for each voter always
get fed into the opscan machine at the same time? How does anyone
know what the votes are supposed to be with the mess of ballots split
into three pieces? What am I missing?

Obviously I haven't read Ron's paper yet, so tell me to go read it
myself if you want.
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