[E-voting] Ohio to use paper ballots !!

Justin Mason jm at jmason.org
Tue Jan 18 19:41:10 GMT 2005


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Catherine Ansbro writes:
> Ciao Emanuele,
> 
> I wish I could share your optimism.  Sure I'd rather have a system that 
> uses paper than one that doesn't.  Definitely.  But before you go rejoicing 
> too much, you should realize that in the recent USA election there seem to 
> be the most irregularities with optical scan systems.
> 
> In these systems the votes are counted on a central computer, and there 
> have been various .. er. .  problems.  In fact the optically scanned votes 
> have more irregularities than the horrible touchscreen systems. [...]

Strongly agreed on the rest of that mail -- irregularities at the counting
stage can destroy any system (and it's not looking good in the US, again).

But note that optical-scan got a good review from this MIT/Caltech paper,
which found optical-scan to 'perform noticeably better than punch card
methods and Electronic devices', and 'might even be an improvement over
lever machines' in terms of residual vote rate:

  http://web.mit.edu/polisci/research/ansolabehere/Residual_Votes.pdf
  http://www.vote.caltech.edu/

I mailed about this back in Nov:

  http://lists.stdlib.net/pipermail/e-voting/2004-November/004298.html

- --j.
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