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Chapter 6: Pre-Election and Parallel Testing

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George Gilbert Says

This document does not, in large measure, reflect the conclusions of the focus group assembled to compile it. I raised this objection at the time the first draft was circulated and did not hear any more about it. My chief objections were, and are, the relative uselessness of parallel and post-election testing. While there was not a consensus on this view, it was certainly the majority opinion. Further, the recommendation regarding test voting every DRE device used in an election fails to take into account variations among DRE systems in how individual terminals are loaded with the ballot. For those systems where voting devices for a precinct are loaded with the election from a single "master" cartridge, vote testing each device is an expensive and time consuming redundancy. Overall, the content of this chapter was largely predetermined by the staff (and contractors) to which its development was assigned. The input of the focus group received minimal consideration. As a practical guide to voting system testing, it has little value and places local jurisdictions at unnecessary risk of challenge for not following its guidelines.

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