[E-voting] Study: Two-Thirds of Voters Fail to Notice Vote-Flipping on Touch-Screen DRE Voting Systems

A.J.Delaney at brighton.ac.uk A.J.Delaney at brighton.ac.uk
Thu Jun 14 09:58:40 IST 2007


Catherine,
On Thu, 2007-06-14 at 00:17 +0100, Catherine Ansbro wrote:
> *Study: Two-Thirds of Voters Fail to Notice Vote-Flipping on 
> Touch-Screen DRE Voting Systems
> *
> If Voters Don't Notice Incorrect Votes on The Review Screen in Front of 
> Their Face, Why Would They Notice it on a So-Called 'Paper Trail' 
> Printed Afterward?
Well it seems that 1/3 of voters would :)  Could one, cynically, restate
this as "1/3 of voters expect an electronic system to fail, so they
watch for errors"?

I think the difference is between the possible and impossible.  It is
possible to audit an election where the primary record of voter
intention is a piece of paper.  That audit could be carried out by the
1/3 of watchful voters or an independent third party.

It is impossible, without lots of hand-waving and trust, to audit an
election where the primary record of voter intention is electronic.

--
Aidan Delaney




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