How Random Babbling Becomes Corporate Policy (t3knomanser) wrote,
How Random Babbling Becomes Corporate Policy
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More Voting

The Open Voting Consortium which is going public with version 1.0 of their software has a solution.

It's decent, but doesn't offer any signifigant advantages over pen-and-paper. It's smoother, to be sure, but when stacked up against Diebold, and when you ignore little things like security, it doesn't measure up for convience.

I do like the system though. In short, it works like this:
Start with an on-screen display, walk the user through the ballot.
Generate a printed reciept (and do not tabulate the votes- the EVM doesn't store any information)- the printed reciept is folded in such a way as to hide the human readable information, and shows instead, a bar code, which can be scanned by the voter and read on screen, or audibly, by a machine in the precinct for verification.
At the end of the election, the votes are scanned with hand-held devices, and that is how the results are tabulated.

I like the barcode idea. It's smooth.

Unfortunately, when stacked up against auto-counting systems like Diebold, it doesn't measure up. It's a better choice, but it relys on people _thinking_ about the system they're choosing in terms of reliability, security, etc, not just plain features.
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