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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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