Possible use of Python for a voting machine demo project --your feedback requested
Mon Jul 21 20:57:47 CEST 2003
"Alan Dechert" <adechert at earthlink.net> writes:
> We'll see. The touch screen we intend to use works well with a stylus. So
> if we get too many mistakes using fingers, we may just have people using a
> stylus exclusively.
Try to avoid that. Use a real big screen if needed (Wacom makes some
> I'll take this as a prediction, not necessarily correct, however. Our team
> includes some people with extensive experience with voting machine
> evaluation -- they think it will work. But again, we won't know for sure
> until we try. But beyond that, most voting machine PCs we are proposing to
> use will be mouse driven. So even if it proves to be too dense for a stylus
> (very unlikely, imo) it is certainly not too dense for a mouse. Virtually
> all of the testers using the web based version will be using a mouse.
I think a production system shouldn't use mice.
> On the other hand, a lot of people really really like the touch screens. We
> can't make them all mouse driven since a percentage of the voters will have
> a big problem with that. But there is no reason to give up on mouse driven
> systems just because some people can't use them. Mice are very cheap and
> most people are used to them.
What do you mean by "most people are used to them"? Do you really
mean "most computer users are used to them"? I remember hearing that
most (i.e. more than half) of the people in the world have never even
made a phone call, much less used a computer. How that maps onto US
voters, I don't know.
I hope you will do user testing with people from all backgrounds and
social strata. Go to some senior citizen centers; get a few street
people ("will work for food") to try out the system; etc.
> > Anyway, I wish you luck -- we certainly need open voting systems. The
> > current closed systems scare me.
> I appreciate your taking the time to write.
Do you talk anywhere about auditibility, i.e. how does anyone verify
that your published source code is the same code actually running on
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