Wednesday, November 03, 2010

E-voting without worrying

There are some TED talks that are simply impossible to not finish once you start them, where the speaker is so engrossing that when the video ends you feel like your first girlfriend just dumped you. This is not one of those. In fact, it's pretty dull.

But it's important! And interesting, despite the terrible speaker! So watch!


Gar Lipow said...

Terrible speakers with important content make me want them to put it in writing.

Jayhawk said...

Except that is physically marking a ballot, which is not "E-voting." All it does is assure secrecy, which has never really been an issue in any of our elections to the best of my knowledge. I'm not sure how it differes from mechanically scanning punch ballots, because pencil marks are not scanned any more accurately than punched holes are.

The only difference between what his is illustrating and what California uses now are that the scan is done at the polling place and the names of the candidates are removed from the ballot before scanning. Again, secrecy of the vote is improved, but I don't see that as an issue, because once that ballot goes in the box my name is not on it. I don't see how accuracy is improved, because scanning a pencil mark is no more accurate at the polling place than it is at a central location.

A lot of noise about nothing.

Sam said...

I don't understand Jayhawks position. This is a great advance. Not only can votes be counted by anyone, they can be VERIFIED by anyone. You can also VERIFY your personal vote. No votes can changed in the total tally and you know your vote is correct. No one miscounts or loses a box of votes.