Re: Thoughts on the demo

From: charlie strauss <cems_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Fri Apr 02 2004 - 16:10:58 CST

>(I'm actually kinda intrigued by the idea of using a Linux X-Box or a
>Linux PDA as a platform, but let's not go off on those tangents. ;-)

The latter, a PDA, is a BRILLIANT suggestion. It solves one of the major security issues and cost issues associated with these systems.

At present, distributing and securing voting machines before an election is a major issue. In most states these things get pu in the principle's office or janitors closet about 5 to 7 days defore the election. Sometimes bicycle locks are used for added physical "security". Obviously this is a sad state of affairs.

The use of PDAs would make it practical for the systems to be programmed and placed in an actual SAFE for distribution to the precints.

The second issue that represents considerable expense has been secure storage and distribution. I realize OVC has a model that would allow contractors to do this but of course some states will still want to own and handle their own devices. Here in new mexico we had an incident where it was discovered the men transporting these were 1) drunk, 2) had not drivere licenses, 3) left the machines in the hooters parking lot all day, 4) managed to crash the truck 5) ran away when the police came, 6) and the place where they crashed the truck with all the machines was not on a path from the warehose to any polling place, or the hooters, and no one can account for the time these machines were out.

Again storing and distributing PDA in SAFEs goes a long way to factoring out physical security issues.

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