Last time, we wrote about the idea of a voter information service where people could crowd source the data about polling place wait times, so that other voters would benefit by not going when the lines are getting long, and so that news media and others could get a broad view of how well or [...]
Long lines at the polling place are becoming a thorn in our democracy.
We realized a few months ago that our elections technology framework data layer could provide information that when combined with community-based information gathering might lessen the discomfort of that thorn. Actually, that realization happened while hearing friends extol the virtues of Waze. Simply [...]
Today, I am presenting at the annual Elections Verification Conference in Atlanta, GA and my panel is discussing the good, the bad, and the ugly about the digital poll book (often referred to as the “e-pollbook”). For our casual readers, the digital poll book or “DPB” is—as you might assume—a digital relative of the paper [...]
If its Wednesday 13.March it must be Atlanta. And that means the opening evening reception for the Elections Verification Network’s 2013 Annual Conference. We’re high on this gathering of elections officials, experts, academicians and advocates because it represents a unique interdisciplinary collaboration of technologists, policy wonks and legal experts, and even politicians all with a [...]
Mar 6th, 2013 by E. John Sebes
I can’t recall a newspaper editorial on election stuff that I’ve agreed more with than the Arizona Capital Times “Improved election data would mean a better informed electorate“ …though with a title like you can imagine I’d be a fan. But before I pick at just one part they got wrong, let me pick 3 [...]
OSDV’s own Anne O’Flaherty presented at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) last week to a workshop on common data formats for election data interchange. As readers will know, we did a pile of work with Virginia State Board of Elections (SBE) this past year. Anne led that project, and her presentation was [...]
Mar 4th, 2013 by E. John Sebes
As frequent readers will note, Internet voting as a discussion topic is one we increasingly tire of — there is so much else to do! that unlike Internet Voting, can actually be done today! Let’s talk instead about what tech innovations can do speed up the long lines at polling places, for example.
But nevertheless, today, [...]
Feb 26th, 2013 by E. John Sebes
Many thanks to the engaged audience for OSDVer Anne O’Flaherty’s presentation yesterday at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which hosted a workshop on Common Data Formats (CDFs) and standards for data interchange of election data.
We had plenty to say, based on our 2012 work with Virginia State Board of Elections (SBE), because that [...]
Feb 7th, 2013 by E. John Sebes
An esteemed colleague noted the news of the USPS stopping weekend delivery, as part of a trend of slow demise of the USPS, and asked: will we get to the point where vote-by-mail is vote-by-Fedex? And would that be bad, having a for-profit entity acting as the custodian for a large chunk of the ballots [...]
I hate to see news outlets casting in a partisan political view the issues of voter registration and ready access to the voting booth. But don’t give up on the NYT article Waiting Times at Ballot Boxes Draw Scrutiny despite its partisan lead sentence. I rarely do political commentary, but I’ll to a little today, [...]