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

From: Arthur Keller <voting_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Wed Sep 27 2006 - 10:52:41 CDT

At 7:42 AM -0700 9/27/06, Joseph Lorenzo Hall wrote:
>On 9/27/06, David Jefferson <> wrote:
>> On Sep 27, 2006, at 7:22 AM, charlie strauss wrote:
>> > Are sequoia's activators "dumb" like a short barcode, or
>> > sophisticated delivery systems?
>> It sure would be nice to know this, but short of a code review there
>> is no way to know. That's why we're all for open code I guess.
>I've never heard of any smartcard features beyond mere authorization
>with the Sequoia device. I'll be a poll inspector in Alameda which is
>presumably using the Sequioa Edge for accessibility, so I may know
>more eventually. -Joe

I've been a Precinct Inspector in Santa Clara County several times
using the Sequoia DREs.

The card activator records the ballot style (precinct plus party if a
primary) and the time of activation. The DRE records the time the
card was used to vote a ballot. The card activator has a feature to
display the current entry on a card, which is useful to resolve
errors or problems when a voter can't use the card. For example, if
a voter says the card doesn't work, you can find out whether it was
recently voted (voter did vote), still activated (voter didn't vote),
never activated (poll worker forgot to activate card), or voted a
long time ago (poll worker probably forgot to activate card).

Best regards,

Arthur M. Keller, Ph.D., 3881 Corina Way, Palo Alto, CA  94303-4507
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