Re: Colorado:VotingMachines:"The card activators...

From: David Jefferson <d_jefferson_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Wed Sep 27 2006 - 08:32:27 CDT

The ballot definitions are all pre-installed before the DREs get to
the precinct. The SmartCard, handed to a voter by a poll worker
after the voter signs in, just tells the DRE which of the
(potentially) several pre-installed ballot definitions to use for
that particular voter.

David

On Sep 27, 2006, at 6:24 AM, Jerry Lobdill wrote:

> At 01:19 PM 9/26/2006, you wrote:
>> Sequoia DRE-based systems use smartcards (like DESI's) to tell the
>> DRE what ballot style to present to the voter and to allow the
>> voter to vote. In polling places that serve multiple precincts or
>> that have multiple ballot styles, the poll workers have to
>> "encode" the ballot style identifier onto the smartcard with a
>> small device... Sequoia's looks like this:
>>
>> http://josephhall.org/tmp/sequoia_card_act.jpg
>>
>> best, Joe
>
> Do you mean to say that these machines are delivered to the polls
> without necessary ballot definition files installed? ... and that
> volunteer poll workers are entrusted with the responsibility of
> transferring the proper ballot styles from an activator to a smart
> card and thence to the voting machines?
>
> This is as alarming as the revelation that poll workers store
> voting machines in their homes prior to elections.
>
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