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Electronic Ballot Reader. Rosa Arias Chad Feller Walter Smith. Background. What is touch screen voting? Sequoia Voting Systems Why the demand? Exchange of problems. Recount?. What in the event of a recount? Recounts would be required under the following conditions:

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Electronic ballot reader

Electronic Ballot Reader

Rosa Arias

Chad Feller

Walter Smith


Background
Background

  • What is touch screen voting?

    • Sequoia Voting Systems

  • Why the demand?

  • Exchange of problems


Recount
Recount?

  • What in the event of a recount?

  • Recounts would be required under the following conditions:

    • Close election (i.e. Florida 2000)

    • Software Failure

    • Hardware Failure

    • In case of an audit


Issues
Issues

  • Recount what? Smudges on the touch screen?

  • The need for a paper trail

    • Verify the integrity of the machine

    • Inspire confidence in the product

    • Backup in the event of a system failure

  • Federal law requiring a paper trail


Count all of that
Count all of that?

  • Recounts consume manpower, lots of it

    • Costly in terms of time

    • Costly in terms of money

  • That is where we come in…


A solution
A Solution

  • Solution: An automated voting record reader

  • The idea: Provide a quick, automated means of verifying votes cast during an election.


Hardware
Hardware

  • Hardware is unknown

    • Sequoia’s specs (or lack thereof)

  • Use PC hardware

  • Design an adaptable prototype


Platform tools
Platform & Tools

  • Linux

  • C/C++

  • Apache

  • MySQL

  • GOCR / Ocrad

  • Sane







Novelty of solution
Novelty of Solution

  • The first of its kind


Challenges
Challenges

  • Learning new tools…

  • Foreign hardware (scanners)

  • Foreign software (sane, gocr)


Future work
Future Work

  • Merge projects with The Open Voting Consortium (openvotingconsortium.org)

  • Become adopted nationally



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