[EM] Re: touch screen voting machines
dglaude at gmx.net
Tue Nov 11 16:01:29 PST 2003
Eric Gorr wrote:
> At 3:19 PM -0800 11/11/03, Alex Small wrote:
>> Lost in all this discussion is the incredible ease of the ballots which
>> you fill in with a pen.
> People are still quite error prone with this method as well, unfortunately.
> It would not be uncommon to find more then one alternative selected when
> only one is expected...
It is not uncommon to find invalid vote... but there is no way to know
if this was or not the intent of the voter.
> of course, along with this would likely be some
> kind of attempt by the voter to correct the mistake which would then
> likely end up in front of a judge.
It is very easy to provide the voter with a second chance to vote if the
pen slipped or the voter did check the wrong oval.
Just get out, say you made a mistake and ask for another virgin ballot.
Your mistaken ballot get counted and distroy, you get a second chance to
vote. However we need to make sure you don't do that trick too many
time... so no 3rd chance!
> Personally, I believe the greatest opportunity for error proof voting is
> use computer based voting.
Error proof is not the goal. Democracy is the goal (but I might be wrong
on that one).
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