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About Harvie

CEO, StandbySoft LLC (StandbyDisk software for Japan business PC market) 2003–; Curator, Director of Competition, Interactive Media Festival 1994, Los Angeles; Co-chair, Colorado Democratic Party State Platform Committee 2006; Member, Colorado Secretary of State Uniform Voting System Public Participation Panel 2013; Member, Election Verification Network 2013-; BA-Cornell '74, MSEE-MIT'79

Georgia SAFE Commission to consider new voting method

On Thursday Jan. 10 the Georgia SAFE Commission meets perhaps to vote on a new voting method for Georgia. The result would be an advisory opinion but probably influential. They issued a request for draft proposals from voting vendors and have published 7 of them on their site linked here:
http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/elections/secure_accessible__fair_elections_safe_commission

I have extracted the most interesting (to me) texts from 5 of the proposals and commented on them in the pdf linked here:

Branscomb_GA_SAFE_vendor_quotes_comments_e

The topics I particularly looked for in the proposals are: auditability, transparency (including to the public) and anonymity (of ballots).

Colorado Adopts Evidence-Based Elections

This week, Colorado will pioneer an almost statewide election tabulation audit based on risk-limiting mathematics that is state of the art with an optimistic but practical reality catching up. This is a most timely but long sought-after addition to the toolbox available to both officials and the public to verify election accuracy and integrity. The RLA (Risk Limiting Audit of vote tabulation) will be an important part of Colorado’s evidence-based elections. This document intends to open discussions about challenging and perhaps obscure aspects of the risk-limiting tabulation audit. This is not intended as a sales pitch for RLA, although there is so much merit to RLA that deserves crystal clear explanation and promotion. Neither is this an explanation of RLA- there is prerequisite knowledge essential to understand the contents here.

Continue reading by downloading the pdf (20 pages).