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PreElection and Parallel Testing Chapter

Title: PreElection and Parallel Testing Chapter

Review Comments for this Section:

Comment  Creator  Last Modified 

Pre-election testing (page 2): Hand-marking test deck ballots is very time-consuming.  If a jurisdiction uses a printer who is not the voting system vendor, pre-printed ballots should be sufficient.


Parallel testing (page 4): What does it mean that the votes accumulated on the parallel test system are "compatible" with the actual election?  Does this mean that the outcome of the parallel test should reflect the expected results of the actual election?  If so, how does an election official determine the expected results of the actual election?  Pre-election polls?


lamonel 04/21/2008 02:43 PM

Comments on Pre-Election and Parallel Testing (All Pages):

This guide mentions Pre-Election, Parallel and Post-Election testing for precinct/voting location equipment but nowhere does it mention Pre-Election, Parallel and Post-Election testing for "central tabulation" equipment. It is our recommendation that reference to "central tabulation" be made within this portion of the guide.

hpurcell 04/25/2008 10:47 AM

More clarity is needed on what is acceptable and not acceptable for a vendor or ballot printer to provide. 


Parallel testing would be quite a challenge for optical scan.  There is only one tabulator in each precinct.  I don't think jurisdictions are going to purchased additional units just to do this testing.  This seems written for DREs.  If I understand this, the reason for doing this while the polls are open as opposed to the day before the election is some concern that the internal clock would trigger the trojan horse on election day at a particular time.  So how does the exact time of day factor into this.  If you test at 10 a.m. do you miss the trojan horse executed at 2 p.m.?  Wouldn't it be easier to just take an unit and accelerate the clock to election day and run the test?  I hope this does not become anything more than a suggested test.  I'm not sure it is ready for any kind of recommendation that it be used.


The post election testing needs something more than on sentence.  In that sentence numerous issues arise.  Who is going to do this?  When is this going to be done?  Is the suggestion that the pre-election test deck be used?  This was an easier process in the central count days, but in the precinct based systems this is next to impossible on election day.  Needs more. 

cthomas 04/27/2008 12:01 PM